Hillview Summer Reading

Hillview Summer Reading 2020

Check out the link above for more information.


  • Set your goal for summer reading–include chapter books, audiobooks, graphic novels. The minimum requirement is 2 chapter books that are new to you…books you’ve never read before. 
  • Enjoy reading or listening to lots of books!
  • Complete the Reading Log
  • Write down notes about the required books so you can complete short assignments when school starts

Battle of the Books 2020 Round 2

Vote Here for Round 2! (Need to use your mpcsd acct)

Middle Grade Bracket:

Allies vs. The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

Dragon Pearl vs. The Strangers

Graphic Novel Bracket

New Kid vs. White Bird

Guts vs. Best Friends

Series Bracket

Legacy vs. The Poison Jungle

The Toll vs. The Vanishing Stair

Teen Bracket

The Fountains of Silence vs. I Wish You All the Best

Shout vs. On the Come Up

Battle of the Books! 2020

All books are published in 2019 and nominated by students and/or teachers at Hillview! 

Best Middle Grades Books (grades 6-8) 

  • Dragon Pearl
  • The Bridge Home
  • Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation
  • The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
  • Allies
  • The Strangers
  • A Tale of Magic
  • Tunnel of Bones

Best Young Adult Books (YA)

  • Opposite of Always
  • Shout
  • On the Come Up
  • The Downstairs Girl
  • Fountains of Silence
  • Killing November
  • The Girl King
  • Lovely War

Best Books from a Series

  • Legacy (Keeper of the Lost Cities book 8) 
  • The Toll (Arc of a Scythe book 3) 
  • The Tyrant’s Tomb (Trials of Apollo book 3) 
  • The Poison Jungle (Wings of Fire book 13) 
  • The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious book 3)
  • The Princess and the Fangirl (Geekerella book 2) 
  • Rebel (Legend book 4) 
  • A Crystal of TIme (School for Good and Evil book 5) 

Best Graphic Novels 

  • Guts 
  • White Bird
  • Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy
  • They Called Us Enemy
  • Pumpkinheads 
  • The Midwinter Witch
  • New Kid
  • Best Friends

Get ready for Halloween…

 …with some spooky books! Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab is the second book in the City of Ghosts series. Cassidy and her BFF/friendly ghost Jacob explore the catacombs of Paris as Cassidy’s parents continue filming for their TV show Ghost Hunters. While roaming the city, they awaken a ghost that can wreak havoc on Paris. 

Recently added to the Teen section, The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco is dark fairy tale about Tea, who discovers her ability to raise the dead after accidentally resurrecting her favorite brother. Forced to leave her home because of her powers, Tea trains with another bone witch, or asha, and learns to harness her powers. This series is great for readers who enjoy the magic of new worlds and are ready for a suspenseful new fantasy.  

Check out more Creepy Reads on the library catalog

And get that costume ready! The Hillview Library hosts Books Come Alive. Dress up as your favorite character or costume inspired by a book. On Halloween, come on by the library before school or at brunch for a picture and a trick-or-treat!

Stay Connected over Break

The Hillview Library may be closing for break, but you still have access to great books and fun activities!

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Coming February 26

  • Bonus Book Week – All students with clear library accounts may check out up to EIGHT print books over the break!
  • eBooks and audiobooks – up to five at a time. Please note that student iPads will lose internet over the break, so download any content to your iPad by the end of day on Sunday, December 23. Or use your personal devices – just about anything that connects to the internet or wifi! Need help? Check out our tutorials under the Reading tab. Try downloading the new Sora app!  (Your password is a six digit # starting with 62 and ending with your iPad passcode.)
  • Your public libraries are closed on holidays but otherwise open over the break! Menlo Park Library Events is hosting some cool teen events over break.  Atherton Library has fun events for toddlers and elementary school kids. Lots of crafts and meals going on at the East Palo Alto Library.

Stumped about what to read? Check out our new and updated lists!


Comes out on January 8!