The One and Only Ivan

by K. A. Applegate

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Book Information

Publication Date: January 17, 2012

Reading Level: Lexile Measure 570L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level S

Interest Level: Grades 3-6

Major Awards: 2013 Newbery Winner

Number of Pages: 80 pages

Approximate Word Count: 24,400 words -- The average reader will spend 1 hours and 37 minutes reading Rigorous Reading: The One and Only Ivan at 250 words per minute.

Audible Book Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins

Book Themes: Identify, Man vs the Natural World, Memory of the Past, Freedom and Confinement, Home, Animal Rights

Genre: Young Adult Literature written like a Biography

Setting: Northwestern Town -- A Circus-Themed Shopping Mall (Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade)

Important Quote: Memories are precious ... they help tell us who we are.

First Line: I am Ivan. I am a gorilla.

Point of View: First Person from Ivan's Perspective

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The One and Only Ivan

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