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Sunday, February 10, 2013

The One and Only Ivan

Book #15 Read in 2013
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

What a beautiful and heart wrenching read all at once!  Ivan is a gorilla who was taken into captivity at a young age.  He was purchased by Mack, who has set up a small circus/animal display in the middle of a mall.  Ivan is there with other animals but is closes to Stella, a wise old elephant, and Bob, a stray dog who likes to sleep on Ivan's stomach.  Then a young elephant, Ruby, arrives and Ivan makes both Stella and Ruby promises that he is not quite sure how to keep.

These characters are wonderful and readers will fall in love with them.  Readers will root for the animals to have happy endings.  The chapters are extremely short, so this book flies right by, even for the most reluctant of readers.  Applegate's writing is magical.

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