Book Lists!


I loved this list from School Library Journal— so many amazing books published this year! A couple of my favorite middle grade books: Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park and Amari and the Night Brothers by BB Alston. And for the older readers, The Firekeeper’s Daughter is fabulous YA book that mature readers and adults will enjoy, which also just nabbed the award for Goodreads Best YA Fiction of 2021. Here’s another list of Teens’ Top Ten for more Young Adult (YA) books.

Bookopolis is a kid friendly version of Goodreads and check out the “Book Ideas” then “Bookopolis Picks” to search by genre and age. Developed by Kari Reidel, a former MPCSD parent, Bookopolis is one of my go-to places for book ideas.

Pick up books

Requesting books for 2020

We want to keep Hillview students reading throughout the year. If you/your child needs books, the Hillview Library will offer pick up in the office:

  • check the library catalog for availability:
  • Log in to the catalog and put a book on HOLD
  • you’ll be notified by email when books are ready
  • books will be left right outside the Hillview Office on a cart with your name
  • Hillview Office open 8:00-3:30

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