Ivan has a plan to save Ruby from a life alone in a cage.  Join Caledonia as she concludes presenting this year's Newbery Medal winner. It's no secret why this book won the medal!

"How Ivan confronts his harrowing past yet stays true to his nature exemplifies everything youngsters need to know about courage. … Utterly believable, this bittersweet story, complete with an author's note identifying the real Ivan, will inspire a new generation of advocates."
- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"This book will break your heart—and then, against all odds, mend it again. Such a gentle fantasy is rare; such an evocation of our need to grow, to be free, to become our best selves, is rarer still. In cheering for Ivan and his friends, we cheer for our own humanity and our own possibilities. Read this."
- Gary D. Schmidt, National Book Award finalist, Okay for Now

"Kindness and its ability to change lives shines through on every single page of this book. … Katherine Applegate's beautiful, life-affirming story will soar directly from Ivan's heart into your own."
- Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor author of The Underneath

"A beautifully written, intelligent, and brave book. You will never look at the relationship of humans and animals in the same way again. Quite simply, this story is life-changing."
- Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Medalist for Sarah, Plain and Tall

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