The One and Only Ivan, Mighty Silverback of Exit 8 Big Top Mall, is trapped in a small cage where he performs. The amazing story is told in Ivan's perspective, a story of how he shaped his own life. He used to be a free silverback in a wide forest, until he got captured by humans. Ivan never really thought about his life in the wilderness when he's in the zoo, but his best friend dying and a new elephant in the zoo changed his thoughts about the whole incident, and Ivan's eyes open. But when the time comes, will he be willing to risk a whole comfy biosphere to a new world? But the biggest question remains- how? A compelling plot, enthralling sequence of events, and an animal's perspective make The One and Only Ivan deservant to get the John Newberry Medal award.