Students were given clues all last week, and today the school book was finally revealed! THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate, will be our first one school, one book, novel! This unique novel is the winner of the Newberry Medal and has been nominated for various other awards. Based on the real life of Ivan, a gorilla who lived for 27 years at a Mall in Tacoma, WA, The One and Only Ivan tells the tale of a Silverback Gorilla who befriends a small elephant and pledges to keep her safe.
We are excited to begin this novel and have the opportunity of a shared experience across all grade levels!
To find our more about the novel and about the real Ivan, click on the links below.
-Katherine Applegate speaks with NPR about Ivan and the novel.
-An overview of the novel on the official website.
-Just like a movie this book has it's own trailer.