My Ishmael : Every reader of this transformative book can recite its opening invitation: "Teacher seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world." A young man answers this "want ad" and discovers that the teacher is Ishmael, a telepathic lowland gorilla. What he never learns, however, is that he isn't Ishmael's only pupil. The other is twelve-year-old Julie Gerchak. "My Ishmael" is Julie's story of her encounter with one of the greatest teachers of the modern age. Accepting Julie as his pupil is one thing; dealing with the challenge she represents is quite another. Ishmael soon realizes that adopting new methods means adopting new goals; the result is a far different journey for Julie, who becomes Ishmael's secret collaborator. In revealing the mission and the secret entrusted to her, Julie pens a conclusion to the Ishmael saga that has raised cheers from his fans all around the world.