TeachingBooks.Net invited Katherine Applegate to share the backstory for creating The One and Only Ivan.
Click here to listen to Katherine's fascinating recording.
To say The One and Only Ivan is one of my all-time favorite novels is an understatement. Let me be honest: The One and Only Ivan has inspired me more than any other novel. (That's not hyperbole.) I think of Katherine's thought-provoking novel at least three times per day and have a difficult time talking about it without getting emotional. If I were a rich man, I would mail a copy of The One and Only Ivan to every elementary school in the world. Yes, the world.
Thank you, Katherine Applegate, for walking in Ivan's shoes. You inspire me every day.
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