OverviewWinner 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 27 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. 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). The English-language edition has sold over 1 million copies.Iván es un poderoso pero tranquilo gorila espalda plateada. Vive en la salida 8 del centro comercial Gran Circo, allí se ha acostumbrado a los humanos que lo observen a través de las paredes de cristal de su jaula. Rara vez echa de menos su vida en la selva. De hecho, casi nunca piensa en ello. Cuando conoce a Ruby, una bebé elefante que ha sido apartada de su familia, Iván comienza a ver su hogar de una forma distinta. La inspiración para esta novela reside en una historia real. Después de ser capturado en edad infantil, Iván fue criado en un hogar humano hasta que fue incorporado a una extraña colección de animales alojados en un centro comercial de temática circense. Iván pasó 27 años de su vida solo en una jaula, sin ver a ningún animal de su propia especie, antes de ser trasladado a un zoológico en 1994.
Reviews"Utterly believable, this bittersweet story, complete with an author's note identifying the real Ivan, will inspire a new generation of advocates." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on the English-language edition
"Applegate makes a powerful statement about the treatment of animals—especially those living in captivity—and reminds readers that all creatures deserve a safe place to call home. . . . A must-have." —School Library Journal, starred review, on the English-language edition
"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 Medalist, Sarah, Plain and Tall, on the English-language edition
"This book will break your heart—and then, against all odds, mend it again. Such a gentle fantasy is rare; such an evocation of our need to grow, to be free, to become our best selves, is rarer still. In cheering for Ivan and his friends, we cheer for our own humanity and our own possibilities. Read this." —Gary D. Schmidt, National Book Award finalist, Okay for Now, on the English-language edition
"This beautiful, life-affirming story will soar directly from Ivan's heart into your own." — Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor author of The Underneath, on the English-language edition
Author BiographyKatherine Applegate is the author of many books, including the Roscoe Riley Rules series, The Buffalo Storm, and the award-winning Home of the Brave.