The One and Only Ivan

Yesterday the Newbery and Caldecott medal winners were announced at The American Library Association’s Mid Winter Meeting. I was beyond excited to hear that The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate took top honors, winning the Newbery Medal. The One and Only Ivan

It is the story of Ivan, a silverback gorilla living at a run down circus themed road side attraction. He passively accepts his life behind the glass walls of his cage until he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family. Suddenly Ivan can no longer stay silent about the conditions in which he and his fellow animals live.

This book is amazing. I encourage every single one of you to read it! I can try to put it into my own words or I can quote directly from the back cover.

“In cheering for Ivan and his friends, we cheer four our own humanity, and our own possibilities. Read this.” – Gary D. Schmidt, Newbery Honor author of The Wednesday Wars

“This 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. Quite simply, this story is life changing.” -Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Medalist for Sarah, Plain and Tall

In case you need more encouragement take a look at this book trailer.

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