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El único e incomparable Iván
El único e incomparable Iván

El único e incomparable Iván



324 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $20.95 (US $20.95) (CA $29.95)

Publication Date: September 2014

ISBN 9786077350620

Rights: US & CA

Editorial Oceano de Mexico (Sep 2014)

Price: $20.95


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 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. El único e incomparable Iván 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.


"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 Biography

Katherine Applegate is the author of many books, including the Roscoe Riley Rules series, The Buffalo Storm, and the award-winning Home of the Brave.