Words Worthy of the Newbery

In case you’re looking for some weekend reading. I haven’t read this yet, but it’s definitely on my list! #talkinganimals #theoneandonlyivan #readworthy

WRITERS' RUMPUS

Review of The ONE and ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate

Yes, I am talking about the 2013 Newbery Award winner. I read it back then and gave it an A+ in my rating scale. For that alone I would have I revisited the story, but hearing it will be a Disney feature next year reminded me to read it again. And when I did, I came across new words I think you’ll appreciate.

The ONE and ONLY IVAN is the fictional tale of a real-life Silverback Gorilla named Ivan who was captured as an infant in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. He spent 27-years alone in a cage in a circus-themed mall in Washington State until public outcry helped relocate him to the gorilla habitat at Zoo Atlanta. He died in 2012 at the age of 50.

Katherine Applegate broke the unspoken rules of…

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