Summary Of The One And Only Ivan

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The One and Only Ivan is a children’s novel written by award winning American children’s and young adult fiction author, Katherine Applegate. It was illustrated by Patricia Castelao. Published in 2012, this book won the Newberry Medal in 2013 as the best book for children. It follows Ivan, a silverback gorilla who has grown accustomed to captivity and being watched by humans. He lives imprisoned in a cage in a shopping mall and barely misses his old in the jungle, until he loses a companion and then befriends young newcomer named Ruby who makes him remember his real life and realize that he misses true freedom. According to the author Katherine Applegate, the poignant and entertaining book was inspired by a real gorilla named Ivan who she had
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