The One and Only Ivan

posted Jan 24, 2013, 12:25 PM by Michelle Bentler   [ updated Jan 31, 2013, 2:10 PM ]
Grades 3-6   Ivan is a silverback gorilla that lives in a roadside zoo next to his best friend Stella the elephant.  When baby elephant Ruby arrives, Ivan decides to find a way to help Ruby escape the life of living in a small cage.  It is an emotional story and makes the reader want to cheer for Ivan.  The book is a quick read with short chapters told from Ivan's point of view.  The author's notes at the end of the book state the story is based on a real gorilla's life.   Don't miss Katherine Applegate's best book yet!