At Braemar we love sharing books! This year, students are encouraged to share their favourite books. Please let Mrs. Ross know if you have a recommended read and we will post it on this page.
Katherine Applegate has written so many good books and The One and Only Ivan is no exception. This is a touching story about a silverback gorilla named Ivan and his animal friends who live at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall. This novel makes the reader think about issues including keeping animals in captivity for the purpose of entertainment. Katherine Applegate was inspired to write The One and Only Ivan when she learned about the true story of a gorilla named Ivan who lived in a similar situation for twenty-seven years before he was adopted by Zoo Atlanta after a public outcry about keeping animals in confined spaces.
"Beautifully written, intelligent, and brave book…Quite simply, this story is life-changing."- Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Medalist, Sarah, Plain and Tall
"The One and Only Ivan will break your heart--and then, against all odds, mend it again." - Gary D. Schmidt, Newbery Honor author of The Wednesday Wars
"Kindness and its ability to change lives shines through on every single page of this book." - Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor author of The Underneath
I can't wait to read the sequel to this novel which was just released on May 5th.
Bob sets out on a dangerous journey in search of his long-lost sister with the help of his two best friends, Ivan and Ruby. As a hurricane approaches and time is running out, Bob finds courage he never knew he had and learns the true meaning of friendship and family.