Mock Newbery 2014 Club Summer #1 Meeting

Mock Newbery 2014 Club Summer #1 Meeting

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The One and Only Ivan!

The time has come to read The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, the 2013 Newbery Award winner!!

The One and Only Ivan

Watch the book trailer!

Read the summary:

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.

This story is based on a real gorilla!

Ivan at Zoo Atlanta
Read about him by clicking this link:

Ask your BIG questions at the Comments section below! 

Ready to listen to this fantastic story???

41 comments:

  1. I feel bad for Ivan because his twin died. I wonder if Ivan knew his twin? I wonder how sad Ivan feels? I wonder how he felt all alone?

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  2. I feel realy bad for Ivan sitting alone in the dark with no friends and no life being captured and scared what will he do?




    ~Jacob

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  3. 1. Why did Katherine Applegate choose to make the story about a gorilla?

    2.How long has Ivan been alone?

    3.What happend to the rest of Ivan's family?

    4.How does Ivan find Ruby?

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  4. Why doesn`t Ivan miss the jungle?Why does he think about the tv shows he`s wathed instead?Why is it up to him to make Ruby`s change for the better?

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  5. I am very surprised that The One and Only Ivan is based on a real gorilla. My big questions are: 1. Will Ivan ever go back to the jungle? 2. Is there any other characters that will show up in the story later on? 3. How many years has Ivan really lived in Exit 8 Big Top Mall? 4. How is Ella as a baby elaphant? (To Mrs.Mueller) Thankyou for read ing this great book to us!

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  6. Did Ivan ever know his twin? Will Ivan ever see his family again? Why doesn`t Ivan miss the jungle and his family? Did Ivan die of old age or was he put to sleep

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  7. why did the author choose to write this book? is the elephant if not, how old is the elephant?

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  8. Will we hear about Ivan as a kid?Will the book talk about Ivan's family?How did Stella get there?

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  9. Lady Bob AKA MaggieFebruary 12, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Why did the author choose to write about Ivan? Did Ivan ever meet his family? Why did the author make up characters?

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  10. That was a great book trailer!I wonder if Ivan will ever have a real family?


    I wonder why the author
    make Ivan tell the story?

    Is Ruby a dinamic character?

    WHY DID THE AUTHOR MAKE THE BOOK TRAILER THE WAY SHE DID?

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  11. What was Ivan's life like before he got captured?
    When did Steella come in the story?
    How did Ivan get to the zoo?

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  12. What is the authors perpose to write this book? Why does Ivan want to protect the elaphant? What will Ivan and the elaphant do togther? I have to read this book!

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  13. Reading Lover #1 (Lauren)February 12, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    This book sounds like a touching, caring story. I can`t wait to read it! Here are my questions. How old was Ivan when he was taken away from his family? How does Ivan help Ruby? What is Ruby`s problem? How sad is Ivan realy? Please aunser my questions. Thank you!

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  14. Why is Ivan living on the side of an exit?
    Why does Ivan not have family?
    Why does he want to protect the elephant?
    What is going to happen to Ivan.
    I want to read this book!

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  15. BILLYBOBJOE (Jackson)February 12, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    How long is Ivan in the mall?
    How does Ivan meet Ruby?
    How old is Ivan in the story?

    I NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  16. My BIG QUESTIONS are:

    Why was Ivan at the mall?
    Why was Ruby at the mall?
    Why were Ivan and Ruby taken from their families?

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  17. Why did the author want to write this book?
    Why is Ivan alone without no other animals?
    What did Ivan think about leaving the jungle?
    How long has it been since he got captured?
    I really want to read this book!

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  18. joebillybob (Tyler) (:February 12, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    My first thought when I saw the cover was how is it posible for a gorrila and a dog to be together? Why is Ivan living in a arcade? how is he friends with a dog and a elephant? I wonder if Ivan will ever see the jungle?

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  19. How does Ivan meet Ruby? How does Ivan get taken from his home? Does Ivan ever get depressed in his cage?

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  20. I would love to have one of Ivan's paintings. Also,I have to read this book. How long did it take him to make one? How many paintings did he make? How does he help or protect Ruby? Why does the mall keep him locked up? Why did they take him? Please answer my questions. Thanks. Bye!

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  21. Why did the author choose this topic for the book? How does Ivan feel about living in these conditions? what will be the most exeiting event in the story?what will be a terrible event?

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  22. 1.How does Ivan meet the elephant?2.Why was Ivan held captive in a cage?3.How does Ivan fell about his life?

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  23. 1.Do they ever escape from the zoo?

    2.How does the gorilla meet the elephant?

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  24. Here are my 3 big questions
    1.in the book trailer, who is the elaphant?
    2. when did Ivan go to the zoo?
    3. what town is the zoo in?

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  25. 1.Where is Ivan's family?
    2.Why does he want somewhone to protect?
    3.Why does he never miss his home?

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  26. How did Iven feel about getting taken out of the wild? How do the elephant feel when he was taken to Iven? How did Iven feel about the elephant being with him?

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  27. 1.what does Ivan draw?2.Does ruby and ivan argue?,about what?3.where does ivan come from?

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  28. 1. Do they ever take a adventure and if yes were do they go and what do they see?
    2.Were is this amazing elephant from?
    3.Does ivan get rescued by anyone if so who?

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  29. I feel really bad for Ivan and I'd hate to be alone too.How did Ivans twin die?Did Ivan know he actully had a twin.What is his friends like?

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  30. What inspired here to write a story about Ivan? Who was the elephant, what's the elephants story? Does Ivan escape or get rescued?

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  31. 1.What does Ivan draw on his art? 2.Do Ruby and Ivan argue?,what about? 3.where does ivan come from?

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  32. 1.Why did the zoo capture Ivan in the first place?
    2.how does Ivan feel about being all alone?
    3.why is Ivan alone should'nt there be more gorrilas

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  33. I bet that Ivan feels sad about his home.I wonder how he feels. I wonder how Ivans treated? I wonder how Ivan feels about his family?

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  34. 1. Where is the gorilla's family?
    2.How long has the gorilla been in the cage?
    3.What made the author put a gorilla as the main character

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  35. I wonder how Ivan feels? Is Ivan always alone?Does Ivan ever want too leave the zoo?

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  36. I wonder how Ivan treats the elephant?Do they become friends?I wonder why Ivan is at the zoo?

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  37. Why is there no other gorillas?

    At the beggining of the trailer,it says "until now".Until what?What does the elephent mean to him?

    How did the people bring him to the circus?Why did they bring him there?

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  38. WWWWWHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYY!Did Stella have to DIE!?

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  39. I love this book ,and I love Ivan and Ruby,This story has touched my hart so far it's only going to get better!!!!

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  40. It`s so sad that Stella died and now Ruby is on her own!!!:( Of course Ruby has Ivan BUT SHE STILL NEEDS STELLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  41. I like the One And Only Ivan so far. I hated it when Stella died and they just therw her body in the dumpster. That just shows the readers that Stella's life was not treated with respect.

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