What can an aging silverback gorilla teach us about life? Well, everything if he's The One and Only Ivan, star attraction at a seedy strip mall zoo. Ivan knows how to survive physically, which he does when he is cruelly wrenched from his home and family in childhood. He learns how to survive emotionally, too, figuring out how to keep on going in spite of a broken heart. He learns to create joy amid bleakness and discovers the power of art to transcend the most distressing circumstances. Ivan is a dear, devoted friend. And he is not afraid to face the saddest things of all if that's what it takes to save someone. What a gorilla. What an amazing story by Katherine Applegate, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal. The One and Only Ivan is truly one-of-a-kind.
When is the last time you found a personal note peeking out of your mailbox? From someone who gathered paper, pen or laptop (and thoughts) and focused solely on dear, wonderful you? Well, there will always be correspondence to open here. Love letters from life, written just for you.