Title: The One and Only Ivan
Author: Katherine Applegate
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate is a touching book that pulls you into the story as if it was a movie playing in your head. A silverback gorilla named Ivan lives in a mall circus. He performs in the circus every day with an elephant named Stella. Stella had a rough past and walks with two hurt feet from having been chained during an earlier captivity. When a new elephant named Ruby arrives with playful energy and strong emotions like fear and love, Ivan and Stella begin to see their caged life in a whole new light. If you love animals and deep stories of friendship and sacrifice this would be a good story for you.