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The One and Only Ivan by by Katherine Applegate

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Ivan the gorilla has lived at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade for 27 years. His owner tells him that he has lost his magic. Disheartened, Ivan depends on his friends: Stella the elephant, Bob the dog, and the newcomer, Ruby, a kidnapped baby elephant.

When tragedy strikes Stella, Ivan makes a brave promise to her, though he’s not sure how he’ll keep it. Love and fortitude spur him on to accomplish what seems to be impossible. This fictional juvenile novel was inspired by the story of Ivan, a real gorilla, who was captured in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and now lives at Zoo Atlanta. (HarperCollins)

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