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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Newbery Medal 2013.

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.

Ivan is an easygoing 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 listeners of 9+.

©2019 Katherine Applegate (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

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

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~Highly recommend to ALL~

Considerate & contemplative towards our brethren of the animal kingdom. ***Exceptional narration by Adam Grupper.*** A remarkable tale, played out within the fascinating minds of honest, loveable animals. Beautiful. Raw, but beautiful. I loved it!

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  • 21-08-2020

The one and only ivan

Good emotional book and so sad when I heard his sister died good true story

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  • J W FERRIS
  • 17-09-2019

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What a beautiful book so heart warming i found it i intend to read it again a bit later down the line but I would recommend it to anyone who just wants a light hearted book to read

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