Monday, September 16, 2013

The One and Only Ivan

by Katherine Applegate

This novel written for kids is a beautiful story told in the first person by Ivan, a silverback gorilla.   Ivan lives in a small enclosure made of cement and glass at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. He spends his days doing artwork and watching TV.  His friends are Stella the wise old elephant, Bob the stray dog, and Julia, a human child.  They are eventually joined by baby elephant Ruby.  After Ivan loses his good friend due to neglect and sees baby Ruby being abused by the circus owner, he springs into action, trying with all his might to better the living conditions of little Ruby.  The author does a wonderful job of making us think about the fate of animals living in captivity.  The character Ivan is based on a real gorilla, also named Ivan, who spent 27 years of his life alone in a cage.  The real Ivan was rescued and now lives at Zoo Atlanta in much happier circumstances.

~ Linda

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Beast

By Faye Kellerman

Decker is faced with the weirdest case  he has ever had. A millionaire recluse is found dead in his apartment. Sounds easy, but his pet tiger is prowling the premise and the cat wasn't the cause of death. Soon they find that the cat wasn't the only bizarre pets the elderly victim had in his care. As Decker and his team look into the victim's background more and more twisted behavior comes out in the open.
Terrific read as always from Faye Kellerman.

~ Rochelle