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The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

by K. A. Applegate

2013 Newbery Medal Winner

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he's seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home, and his own art, through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it's up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan's unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.

Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent
3.3
Lexile Measure
570L
DRA
7
Publisher
HRP - HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS
Number of Pages
272
Genre
Animal Stories

About the Author

K. A. Applegate Author and animal-lover K.A. Applegate decided to be a writer because she realized writing would allow her to discover all sorts of fantastical and alien animals. Her popular series, Animorphs promises to "surprise you, scare you, and amaze you."

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