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The One and Only Ivan: A Harper Classic

illustrated by Patricia Castelao

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Newbery Medal

Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award (Illinois)

Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee

About the Book

Winner of the Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller!

This unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated book is told from the point of view of Ivan himself. This Harper Classic edition includes an author's note highlighting the differences between the fictional story and true events, a letter from Ivan's caretaker at Zoo Atlanta, Ivan's "signature," discussion questions, and more.

Having spent twenty-seven years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.

In the tradition of timeless classics such as Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little. Katherine Applegate's novel blends humor and poignancy to create this incredible tale of friendship, art, and hope. The One and Only Ivan was named to multiple state lists, received three starred reviews, and was hailed as a best book of the year by Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Amazon.

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Critical Praise

★ “Will capture readers’ hearts and never let go. A must have.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

★ “Animal-loving youngsters and their adults will find plenty of food for thought in Ivan’s extraordinary story.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

★ “Exemplifies everything youngsters need to know about courage.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Discover an animal hero that will take his place with other courageous and beloved animals such as Babe, Mrs. Frisby, Charlotte and Wilbur. Adults reading this aloud with children will find it just as rewarding.” —Shelf Awareness

“Important.” —The Horn Book

“The One and Only Ivan will break your heart—and then, against all odds, mend it again. In cheering for Ivan and his friends, we cheer for our own humanity and our own possibilities. Read this.” —Gary D. Schmidt, Newbery Honor author of The Wednesday Wars

“A beautifully written, intelligent and brave book. You will never look at the relationship of humans and animals in the same way again. Quite simply, this story is life changing.” —Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Medal-winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall

“Katherine Applegate’s beautiful, life-affirming story will soar directly from Ivan’s heart into your own. Read it out loud. Read it alone. Read it.” —Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor author of The Underneath

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062641946
  • ISBN 10: 0062641948
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 10/24/2017
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price: 21.00 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1: JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Zoos
  • BISAC2: JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
  • BISAC3: JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Apes, Monkeys, etc.

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