The One and Only Ivan – Katherine Applegate

IvanIvan is an easy going gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he is used 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 drawing. 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. Inspired by a true story, this Newbery Medal winner is a moving and unforgettable story of friendship, hope and a mighty gorilla.

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