The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

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The One and Only Ivan

Applegate, Katherine.  The One and Only Ivan.  Patricia Castelao, illus.
Harper, 2012. 305 p. $16.99, 978-0-06-199225-4
Grades 4-7

I was tempted to give this book 3.5 stars because the first half of the book was a little slow and predictable. The last third, however, was a page-turner and was excellent.  I really wanted to keep reading to find out what happened to all the characters.  There is plenty of white space on each page, so even though it’s about 300 pages, it reads fast.

Even though this book was a work of fiction, it was based on a real-life gorilla.  I got so wrapped up in the story, that at the end I wished there had been a call to action or a list of resources of how I can help.

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