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Books to Bond Over With Your Tween Reader

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10. 'The One and Only Ivan,' by Katherine Applegate
Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal, this one-of-a-kind novel is told from the point of view of Ivan, a gorilla, who has lived for twenty-seven years in an enclosure in a shopping mall. He's accustomed to having humans watch him and he fills his days by watching TV, spending time with his elephant friend, Stella, and his dog friend, Bob. 

But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild and brought to live in captivity, Ivan sees their world in a new perspective. By partnering with the daughter of the mini-mall zoo's custodian, Ivan dares to try to change his and his friends' fates.