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Author: K. A. Applegate, Katherine Applegate Narrator: Adam Grupper Publisher: HarperCollins Audio Length: Series:The One and Only Ivan Series Release Date: March 2013 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780062283474

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The #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Award-winning novel The One and Only Ivan is now a major motion picture streaming on Disney+

This 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 book is told from the point of view of Ivan himself. 

Having spent twenty-seven 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.

In the tradition of timeless stories like Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create an unforgettable story of friendship, art, and hope.

The One and Only Ivan features first-person narrative; author's use of literary devices (personification, imagery); and story elements (plot, character development, perspective).

This acclaimed middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 8, for independent reading, homeschooling, and sharing in the classroom.

Plus don't miss The One and Only Bob, Katherine Applegate's return to the world of Ivan, Bob, and Ruby!

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  • “Poignant and amusing.”

    - USA Today
  • “This is a book that works as a read-aloud for first-graders and as a challenging treatise on the human (and animal) condition for high-schoolers. (It’s hard to imagine an adult who wouldn’t be entranced as well.)”

    - Washington Post
  • “Extraordinary.”

    - Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
  • “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…The characters will capture readers’ hearts and never let go. A must-have.”

    - School Library Journal (starred review)
  • “How Ivan confronts his harrowing past yet stays true to his nature exemplifies everything youngsters need to know about courage…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)
  • “A haunting tale…Readers will be left rethinking our relationship to animals.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “Discover an animal hero that will take his place with other courageous and beloved animals such as Babe, Mrs. Frisby, Charlotte, and Wilbur. Adults reading this aloud with children will find it just as rewarding.”

    - Shelf Awareness
  • “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
  • “Kindness and its ability to change lives shines through on every single page of this book…Katherine Applegate’s beautiful, life-affirming story will soar directly from Ivan’s heart into your own.”

    - Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor author of The Underneath
  • “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 for Sarah, Plain and Tall


  • Winner of the 2013 John Newberry Medal
  • A #1 New York Times bestseller
  • A School Library Journal Best Book of 2012: Children’s Books
  • Amazon Best Books of the Year 2012: Middle Grade
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2012: Children’s Books
  • Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal
  • Winner of the 2012 California Gold Medal for Literature for Juvenile Fiction

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About the Author

Katherine Applegate is the author of numerous books for middle-graders, including The One and Only Ivan, winner of the Newbery Medal and a New York Times bestseller.

About the Narrator

Adam Grupper, award-winning narrator, has garnered honors from AudioFile magazine, Publishers Weekly, iTunes, the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences, and the Audio Publishers Association. He has been in eleven Broadway productions, including the acclaimed revival of Fiddler on the Roof. His film and television credits include The Rebound, Homeland, Master of None, Music and Lyrics, Two Weeks Notice, Elementary, and Allegiance.