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The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

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.

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ISBN 9780007455331
Published 1 February 2012 by HarperCollins
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Applegate, Katherine

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ISBN-13 9780007455331
ISBN-10 000745533X
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 7-15 working days
Publisher HarperCollins
Imprint HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication Date 1 February 2012
International Publication Date 2 February 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Applegate, Katherine
Category Animal Stories
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Number of Pages 208
Dimensions Width: 130mm
Height: 197mm
Spine: 19mm
Weight 180g
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 233735

Description of this Book

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. 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 for readers of 9+.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Katherine Applegate's many books include the Roscoe Riley Rules chapter book series, the picture book The Buffalo Storm, and the award-winning novel Home of the Brave. With her husband, Michael Grant, she wrote the hugely popular series Animorphs, which has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide. Katherine was inspired to write The One and Only Ivan after reading about the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, the Shopping Mall Gorilla. The real Ivan lived alone in a tiny cage for twenty-seven years at a shopping mall before being moved to Zoo Atlanta after a public outcry. He was a beloved celebrity at the zoo, which houses the nation's largest collection of western lowland gorillas. Ivan was well known for his paintings, which he signed with a thumbprint. Katherine lives in California with her husband and two children.

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