Title Profile & Character Information

The One and Only Ivan

Annotation

Winner of the 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 friendships. 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 was hailed as a best book of the year by Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Amazon, demonstrating it is a true classic in the making. In the tradition of timeless stories like Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan's unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope. An author's note depicts the differences between the fictional story and true events.



Awards
2012-2013  Flicker Tale Children's Book Award
2012  School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
2013  Newbery Medal
2013  American Library Association Notable Books for Children
2012  California Book Awards
2013  Christopher Book Awards
2013-2014  Great Lakes Great Books Award
2013-2014  Virginia Reader's Choice Awards
2014  Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Book Award
2015  Sequoyah Book Award
2014-2015  Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award
2016  North Carolina Children's Book Award
2016  Nutmeg Children's Book Award
2016  Massachusetts Children's Book Award

Characters
NameIvan
GenderBoy
TraitGorilla

NameRuby
GenderGirl
TraitElephant

GenreJuvenile
Animal
Fiction
TopicsAnimals
Gorillas
Elephants
Life changes
Friendship
Art
Hope
Zoos