5 Fantastic Pre-2012 Reads

My goal when I began 2012 was to read 1000 books. As of 3:19 P.M on April 22, I have read 545. I’d say that I’m off to a pretty good start. I decided to reflect on my reading and write a little bit about 20 books that stand out.

Tuesday: 5 Great Pre 2012 Reads

Wednesday: 5 Great Re-Reads

Thursday: 5 Great 2012 Reads (Picture Books/Graphic Novels)

Friday: 5 Great 2012 Reads (Middle Grade Novels and Chapter Books)


The Pull of Gravity 

By: Gae Polisner

My friend Jen and I loved talking about Gae's book together earlier this year.

I don’t read a lot of young adult fiction, but this year I am trying to read more. I have read a handful so far, and one book stands out: The Pull Of Gravity by Gae Polisner. I am completely in love with this book. I don’t know what makes a great YA book, what I do know is that I would have LOVED this book when I was in high school.

The Fantastic Voyage of Owen Jester 

By: Barbara O’Connor

The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester

I have no idea how I missed Barbara O’Connor’s The Fantastic Voyage of Owen Jester. This is one of those books that make you want the weekend to go by faster, because you can’t wait to get it into the hands of your students.

Hattie Big Sky

Kirby Larson

Hattie Big Sky

I love Kirby Larson, and I love her MG novels. This is one of those books that after you read it, you are so interested in the historical piece, that you get on Google and look up everything you can to learn more. I’m not an expert on homesteading, but by golly, I know a heck of a lot more than I did before I fell in love with Kirby’s book.

Caddie Woodlawn

By: Carol Brink

Caddie Woodlawn

I couldn’t talk about pre-2012 books without mentioning at least one Newbery Medal winner. Mr. Schu and I are rereading all the Newbery Medal books. Every. Single. One. I think that I’m giving Caddie a slight edge as my favorite, so far. It gets a slight nod over The Invincible Louisa.


By: Kean Soo

I’m so glad I FINALLY got a chance to read Jellaby.  I think it’s one of my all time favorite graphic novels. I have no idea why this book is out of print. It makes me so sad.

Check back tomorrow to see my favorite re-reads of 2012.



10 thoughts on “5 Fantastic Pre-2012 Reads

  1. Love this way of sharing your reading with us, Colby. I’ve read several of the books you mentioned but have somehow missed two of them. Will work to correct this soon.


  2. I’m so glad to get the heads up before your official Nerdbery review that you liked “Caddie Woodlawn.” It was my very favorite childhood book. I would have been very sad if you and Mr. Schu panned it.


  3. Caddie Woodlawn does look very nice! We should have included that as one of our featured books for our Girl Power theme. I just checked, we have it in our library. I’d probably borrow this one and see if we can still squeeze it in before we launch our new theme on ‘asian lit and immigrant experience.’


  4. Hi, my name is Nathan and I love your blog. Would you please recommend some interesting titles appropriate for students in fifth grade, as I’m scheduled to teach this grade next year. Thank you so much!


      1. Thanks, Colby 🙂 I am looking forward to reading those new books and sharing them with my students.


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