One and Only Ivan


Author: Katherine Applegate


Illustrator: Patricia Castelao


Living in a cage at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, Ivan has grown used to his life. He’s a silverback gorilla who enjoys watching television, eating bananas, and making art. He barely even remembers his days of living free in the jungle. But when a baby elephant named Ruby arrives as a new mall attraction, Ivan starts to see the world -- and his own captivity -- with new eyes. He starts to question the fairness of his confinement and wonders if there’s anything he can do to change it. Your young readers will be moved by this unforgettable story of friendship, art, and hope, even as they discover the importance of empathy and animal rights. Ages 8-12. 320pp.