Cover of "The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate.

The One and Only Ivan

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Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living in a shopping mall, 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, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, who makes Ivan see their home through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better. Winner of the Newbery Medal, a #1 New York Times bestseller, and hailed as a best book of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, and, The One and Only Ivan is a true classic in the making. In the tradition of timeless novels like Charlotte’s Web, Katherine Applegate blends humor with touching poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration and a story that resonates long after the last page is turned.