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The One and Only Ivan Summary
K. A. Applegate

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"The One and Only Ivan" is a novel by Katherine Applegate. In this novel, Ivan is a silverback gorilla who lives in a stationary circus. Ivan is good friends with the other animals in the circus, especially Stella the elephant and Bob, a stray dog. When Stella dies, Ivan makes a promise to save her young friend, Ruby, from a life of captivity. It takes some time, but Ivan and Ruby are eventually moved to a zoo. "The One and Only Ivan" is a book of great courage and hope.

Ivan lives in a stationary circus with Stella the elephant and Bob, the stray dog. One day the owner of the circus buys a new elephant, a baby named Ruby. Stella takes charge of Ruby, mothering her in absence of Ruby's own mother. Only Stella has a foot that is often infected and the owner of the circus...

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