The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate
This book is beautiful. I rarely enjoy books told from a perspective other than that of a human, but it’s so well done here that I had no qualms. It won the Newbery in 2013, and with good reason–it’s unique, poetic, and has a lot to teach its readers. Applegate is gifted in giving simple characters an emotional depth that makes it impossible not to root for them. I also enjoyed the short chapters and breaks between paragraphs, which seem to intentionally support Ivan’s view of humanity.
“Humans waste words. They toss them like banana peels and leave them to rot. Everyone knows the peels are the best part.”