The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

June 4th, 2014 by

one-and-only-ivan_katherine-applegateSubmitted by Collin, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

The One and Only Ivan is about a Gorilla named Ivan. He and stella an elephant are very good friends until stella dies and a smaller elephant comes. Julia thinks that Mark is treating Ruby badly. So after a couple mouths Ivan and Ruby get sent to a zoo. Thats when they get to join other groups of there type.

The One And Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

March 28th, 2014 by

one-and-only-ivan_katherine-applegateSubmitted by Danika, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

I really enjoyed this book because I liked that the book was from a gorilla’s point of view . I think if you like fantasy books but not with mystical creatures you will love this book!

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

March 6th, 2014 by

one-and-only-ivan_katherine-applegateSubmitted by Kiersten, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★½☆☆

This is my favorite book!!!! I loved feeling like i was a part of this book!! Ivan has a friend named Stellla and she is a elephant. The problem is Stella has an infection in her foot. There going to take her out of the mall and replace her with a baby elephant. Her name is Ruby. Stella does not want Ruby to be locked up in this encloser for her whole life and possibly have her end up like she did! Stella tells Ivan to not let Ruby stay here, that he needs to find a way to get out of here… Ivan knows how to draw pictures with crayons and paper! Can he use this to get out of here and save him and Ruby???

The One And Only Ivan: 2013 Newbery Medal Winner!

January 29th, 2013 by

Okay, I admit it — sometimes I go on YouTube and play music videos while I’m on the computer at work. My favorite: Carly Rae Jepson performing “Call Me Maybe” with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots (AMAZING). But yesterday morning, I had a different video on in the background while I “worked”: the webcast announcing the winners of the 2013 American Library Association Youth Media Awards (ALAymas)!

Not familiar with the ALAymas? Well, I bet you’ve heard of the Newbery Medal, which is one of the awards. Every January, it’s given to “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children” in the previous year. Past winners include The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamilloManiac Magee by Jerry Spinelli and most recently, Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos and Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool.

And yesterday, a new winner was announced into my earphones as I was “slaving away” at the office:

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

As you may recall from my round-up of the most talked-about books of 2012The One and Only Ivan was absolutely on the list. Unfortunately, Nancy and I haven’t been talking about it much because, well, we haven’t read it! [insert ashamed downcast eyes here] But make no mistake, we will be making Ivan’s acquaintance very soon; I just ordered it from the library!

If you haven’t met Ivan either, here’s part of the official description:

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. … Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home — and his own art — through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

AND check out this review from Connor, age 11 (from New York)!

Or if you’re more visual, feast your eyes on this book trailer. I got choked up just watching it! Okay, yes, I cry very easily. But you look at these animals and tell me if your heart doesn’t melt a little! (But if it literally melts, um, maybe see a doctor?)

And this year, there were also three Newbery Honor Books:

  • Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
  • Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
  • Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Have you have already read any of these big winners, leave a comment and let us know! 

And stay tuned — we’ll be giving away a prize pack with all four of this year’s Newbery books! Details to come in a few days!

— Karen

Karen’s favorite way to see animals up close is by scuba diving. (You may have guessed by that picture, right over there. < )

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The Visitor (Animorphs Book 2) by K.A. Applegate

January 22nd, 2013 by

Submitted by trinit, Age 10 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★★★

This sequil to animorphs #1 iis the best book scince the first one.In this one is when Rachil turns into a cat.To spy on Chapman.Tey spy on chapman because they think he is a cotroler.The mission goes wrong.Racil gets trapped in a cage the second time in!The good thing is Jake is there as a flea.The action starts next.I can’t tell anymore.

The One And Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

January 17th, 2013 by

Submitted by Connor, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This is such a good book! I really enjoyed the story line. So funny it made me laugh and made our teacher cry!I loved it.

The Invasion (Animorphs Book 1) by K.A. Applegate

January 12th, 2013 by

Submitted by trinity, Age 10, from Indiana

Rating: ★★★★★

This book makes me feel like I’m in it.It is about five kids. They can turn into animals.I say READ THEM and you will know what I mean by makes me feel like im in it.

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