The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

Category: Novels
Sub Category: Trade Books
Collection(s): Award Winning Books
Product Code:

$12.99 each

ISBN: 978-0-06-199227-8

* Reading Level by Newbery Medal

* California Book Award for Juvenile (Gold)

* Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award for Grades 3-6

* Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award Nominee

* Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award Nominee

* Bluestem Book Award
* Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Middle Grade & Children's
* SCBWI Crystal Kite Member Choice Award for California/Hawaii
* Oklahoma Sequoyah Award for Children
* Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award Nominee 

Reading Level by Age : 8-12

Reading Level by Grade : G2 - G5

Interest Grades : G4 - G8

  • Description

Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller, this stirring and 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 novel is told from the point of view of Ivan himself.

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 stories like Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create an unforgettable story of friendship, art, and hope. This paperback edition includes an author's note highlighting the differences between the fictional story and true events, a version of the author's Newbery Medal acceptance speech, Ivan's "signature," discussion questions, and more.

The One and Only Ivan is a strong Common Core title that features these important strands and standards: first-person narrative; author's use of literary devices (personification, imagery); story elements (plot, character development, perspective).

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