Find the next book in your favorite series or discover something new at the South Hills Middle School Library. With over 10,000 titles in our collection, you’ll never run out of fantastic books to read! You’re also welcome to use one of the student computers or engage in some fun, hands-on learning at our Makerspace tables.

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Mondays: 8:35 – 3:05

Tuesdays – Fridays: 8:35 – 4:05

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Mrs. Whitney Moses
(208)732-5160 ext. 4048

Student Recommendations


Cinder by Marissa Meyer is a spellbinding book. It’s a sci-fi, fantasy twist and knows just how to get you hooked. Cinder is a cyborg and also a mechanic living in Beijing, China many years in the future. She has no memories of her past before she came to live with her stepmother. Her stepmother hates Cinder but keeps her around for her income. Through a series of events, she finds bits and pieces of her past which lead to a huge discovery. This sci-fi retelling of Cinderella will keep you turning the pages all night long. It has the perfect amount of fantasy and science fiction with a little splash of romance to top it off. I would recommend this book to anyone who really wants to get into a series and loves fairytale twists. I promise, if you read this book, it won’t be a waste of your time! I love it!


I literally love The War That Saved My Life by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. The main character is a girl named Ada who has a clubfoot. Her mother is incredibly cruel to her. Ada lives in a tiny apartment with her mother and little brother, Jamie. Ada can’t walk, and she is not allowed to leave the apartment. She wants to teach herself how to walk. This happens in London while World War II is going on. I really like this intriguing book because it makes you want to read more. It teaches you about World War II and helps you picture what it would be like to live during that time. It also helps you imagine what it would be like to have a club foot and how you would cope with it.



“Sadie, come back!” Jack yelled, rushing through the crowd trying to find his sister. Little did Jack know that this event would lead to the wonderful mystery of The Lost Property Office written by James R. Hannibal. This mystery mixes adventure, historical fiction, and a touch of romance between the main characters, Jack and Gwen. I liked this book because of the captivating twists that kept me on the edge of my seat. Jack’s father had disappeared without a trace, and when his impulsive, 8-year old sister takes off after a man in a crowd who looks like their dad, she goes missing, too. Clues lead Jack and Gwen to the Tracker Headquarters, where they are entangled in a plan to save Jack’s father and the whole city of London from an evil French clockmaker. Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. The Lost Property Office is the first mystery I ever really enjoyed reading. I recommend this book to anyone, even those who don’t prefer mysteries.


The Lost Wonderland Diaries by J. Scott Savage is an amazing story about a girl named Celia and a boy named Tyrus who get sucked into the world of Wonderland and have to solve mysteries on an elaborate quest. While on this adventure, Celia and Tyrus encounter many of the well-known characters from Wonderland, although some have been turned into horrible monsters. They must flee the Queen of Hearts who is attempting to travel to different worlds. It’s a great mix between mystery, adventure, and fantasy. There are plenty of crazy twists and turns throughout the story. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop. If you need an escape from reality or some humorous fantasy to enjoy, I would recommend this book without a doubt.


Warriors: The Prophecies Begin by Erin Hunter is a series about the challenges faced by wild cats living in a forest near the homes of twolegs (humans). When Rusty, a kittypet, ventures into the lush forest to hunt and is caught by a wild cat named Graypaw, he is astonished to receive an invitation from Thunderclan’s leader to join them. He happily accepts, but then he immediately faces discrimination from the wild cats who will not accept the weakness of a kittypet within the clan. Bluestar, the leader of Thunderclan, believes in Rusty, and gives him a new name, Firepaw. But will Firepaw be able to prove his strength when threats arise? If you are a lover of book series like Wings of Fire, or if you really enjoy cats, I highly recommend this series. The characters are wonderfully written and the conflicts will keep you on the edge of your seat. Because I was so emotionally invested, this was the first book series to make me sob while reading it (and trust me, that’s not easy to do).



If you’re a fan of mystery and Egyptian mythology, then Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers is a book you don’t want to miss. This captivating novel is the first of a four-book series that will leave you wanting even more. Theodosia, a curious and adventurous girl, spends most of her time at her parent’s museum, where she uncovers the secrets of ancient Egyptian artifacts. One day, she discovers a powerful curse attached to an artifact her mother brings to the museum, and she sets out to remove it. What follows is a thrilling adventure. The book is well-written, and the characters are well-developed, making it easy to get lost in the story. I highly recommend Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos for its suspense, attention to detail regarding Egyptian folklore, and overall entertainment value. In my opinion, this book deserves a 10/10 rating, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it just as much as I did.



A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat is a fascinating book. It’s about a kid named Pong who was born in Namwon Prison and forced to stay there. He escapes to a small town where he becomes a monk. After four years, he’s forced to flee to the city of Chattana to dodge the police. The governor of Chattana is evil and does not help his people. When Pong realizes this, he joins his friend in planning a peaceful march. The governor, learning of this, changes the law to arrest all of the people in the march. The unexpected twists in the plot will keep you engaged. I definitely recommend A Wish in the Dark. This is the book for you, especially if you like adventure books.


If you love dystopian books, The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken is a book that will not disappoint you. The book follows a young girl named Ruby Elizabeth Daly after a deadly disease kills many children across the nation. After a confusing incident with her parents, she is sent to Thurmond. The public thinks Thurmond is a rehabilitation camp, but it is really just a prison for children who survived the mysterious outbreak. Ruby is sorted into the Green category which means she has enhanced intelligence. Throughout the story many questions come to mind: Will she ever escape? What happened to the other kids classified as Red, Orange, and Yellow? Why do her parents not remember her? At the end of the book, she has to make a hard decision involving her powers and a possibly evil organization. Bracken makes you feel as if you are in the book with the characters. This book makes you excited to keep reading.