Author(s): Katherine Applegate
Winner of the Newbery Medal 2013 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 easy-going 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 for readers of 9+.
NZ Listener Winner 2012
John Newbery Medal 2013
Katherine Applegate is the author of numerous books for young readers, including the bestselling ANIMORPHS series. She lives with her husband, who writes as the author Michael Grant, and their children in California. www.katherineapplegate.com