One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate, Read by Adam Grupper

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Narrated By: Adam Grupper

Duration: 3 hours and 46 minutes

What to expect

Now a major motion picture available on Disney+!

Inspired by a true story, this is the beautifully written tale of how a mighty gorilla wins his freedom. A winning blend of humour and poignancy that will appeal to fans of Michael Morpurgo.

This #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Award-winning novel is coming to the big screen this summer, with a star-studded cast including Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie, Danny DeVito, Helen Mirren, Bryan Cranston, and more!

Ivan is an easy-going gorilla who has spent his life performing for the crowds at the Exit 8 shopping mall. He rarely misses life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly thinks about it at all. But everything changes when a baby elephant called Ruby arrives and Ivan realises he must find a new life for them both.

Told from Ivan’s perspective, this is a stand-out novel with a pertinent message, ideal for readers of 9+.

Genre

Children's / Teenage fiction & true stories, Children's / Teenage: Nature & animal stories

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"Beautifully written, intelligent, and brave book … Quite simply, this story is life-changing.” – Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Medalist

"How Ivan confronts his harrowing past yet stays true to his nature exemplifies everything youngsters need to know about courage.” – Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

“The characters will capture readers’ hearts and never let go. A must-have.” – Starred Review, School Library Journal

"Discover an animal hero that will take his place with other courageous and beloved animals such as Babe, Mrs. Frisby, Charlotte and Wilbur.” – Shelf Awareness