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December 2017 Issue

US Sawiris Library

  

 

 

 

 

 

December

 

"How did it get so late so soon?"
― Dr. Seuss

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Welcome to the December issue of The Hub!    

 

This month:

 

. Additions to the collection 

. Poetry By Heart update

. À la recherche de joueurs d'impro

. A Book review of On The Road


Happy reading... and happy holidays (that's only in a few weeks, though!)

 

Mario Chioini 

8-12 Librarian

SEEN IN THE LIBRARY

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NEWS

IMPRO

Joignez-vous à nous en janvier !


Nous allons débuter un autre semestre d'improvisation en français, en janvier.

 

Le match d'impro consiste en 2 équipes qui essaient de marquer des points en improvisant sur des thèmes variés.

Les juges, qui donnent leur point à l'équipe qui a fait la meilleure impro, fait partie intégrante du match. 

 

Nos rencontres ont lieu les lundis de 15h45 à 17h dans l'ancienne cafétéria de la Lower School. Inscrivez-vous avant le lundi 15 janvier.

 

Renseignements : M. Chioini



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 Poetry By Heart at the Upper School

 

On December 6 

 

Performers Ioannis Sterckk and Flavie de Germay will perform at both morning assemblies in preparation for the grand school final on January 16.

 

Give them your full support and encouragement!


 

Reserve the library study room

 

After much observation and reflection we decided to convert the two study rooms into one single working space. The room is now available for small groups of 3 to 8 students who need a dedicated and professional space for their academic work. 


Reservations in person only. 


Details in the library and on our website.

 

NEW ADDITIONS IN THE COLLECTION

The small e icon preceeding a call number indicates the item is an electronic book (e-book).

FICTION

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F ALD (sf)        WOMEN IN POSITON OF POWER

 

Alderman, Naomi. The Power. London, UK : Penguin Books, 2017, c2016.

 

A small twist of nature - teenage girls now have the power to cause agonizing pain and even death. The world drastically changes.

F ARM

 

Armstrong, Kelley. Missing. London, UK : Atom, c2017.

 

After a chance encounter with an injured boy, Winter Crane questions if all the teenagers who left her town did so voluntarily.

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F BLA

 

Blake, Jillian, 1989-. Antisocial. 1st ed. New York : Delacorte Press, c2017.


One by one, students' phones are hacked at Alexandria Prep. What was thought to be a joke escalates quickly as private information and secrets are revealed, leaving everyone exposed, and Anna Soler on the the hunt for the hacker.

F BOB (ff)

 

Bobet, Leah. An Inheritance of Ashes. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2015.

 

Now that the strange war is over, sixteen-year-old Hallie and her sister struggle to maintain their family farm, waiting to see who will return from the distant battlefield, soon hiring a veteran to help them but, as ugly truths about their family emerge, Hallie is taking dangerous risks and keeping desperate secrets while monsters and armies converge on the small farm.

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F CAB

 

Cabot, Meg. Abandon. New York : Point, c2011.


Pierce, trying to unravel the mysterious death of someone close to her, finds herself drawn to a dark stranger, even though she believes he may be a killer.

F CHA

 

Chapman, Erica M. Teach Me to forget. Blue Ash, OH : Merit Press, c2017.

 

A young girl attempts suicide, only to survive and be saved by a boy in her class who she soon learns to trust.

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F CLE

 

Clement, Jennifer. Prayers For the Stolen : a novel. London, UK ; : Hogarth, c2014.

 

Born in a rural Mexico region where girls are disguised as boys to avoid the attentions of traffickers, Ladydi dreams of a better life before moving to Acapulco, where she falls in love for the first time. But her future takes a dark turn after a local murder happens that is tied to the cartel.

F DAN         AN UNUSUAL READING EXPERIENCE

 

Danielewski, Mark Z. House of Leaves. Remastered full-color ed. New York, N.Y. : Pantheon Books, c2000.

 

Will Navidson and Karen Green make a chilling discovery after their two small children wander off in their new home: the house is larger on the inside than the outside, and what it contains threatens to destroy them all.

 
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F HAD (sf)                              HADDIX'S CLASSIC DYSTOPIAN SERIES

 

Haddix, Margaret Peterson.

 

Shadow Children series :

Among the hidden - Among the impostors - Among the betrayed - Among the barons - Among the brave - Among the enemy - Among the free.

 

New York : Simon & Schuster Books Young Readers, c1998-2006. 

 

Series of seven books about a dystopian country which suffers food shortages due to a drought and the effects of the government's totalitarian attempts to control resources as a way to solidify its power.

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F HAD (sf)

 

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Torn. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012, c2011.

 

Time travelers Jonah and Katherine arrive in 1611 to rescue John Hudson, the missing son of explorer Henry Hudson, but just as the mutiny on the "Discovery" is supposed to start, Jonah and Katherine's knowledge of history is tested once again and they fear that more is at stake than just one boy's life. Includes facts about Henry Hudson's explorations.

F HAD (sf)

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Caught. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013, c2012.

When Jonah and Katherine travel to early 1900s Switzerland and Serbia to return Albert Einstein's daughter, Lieserl, to history, her mother Mileva grasps entirely too much about time travel and has no intention of letting her daughter go.
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F HAN       MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2016

 

Han, Kang, 1970-. The Vegetarian : a novel. London, UK : Hogarth, 2016, c2015.

 

Yeong-hye begins having nightmares about blood and brutality and decides to become a vegetarian but this act of independence upsets the balance of her marriage.

F JAC

 

Jack, Gordon, 1966-. The Boomerang Effect : a novel. 1st ed. New York, NY : Harper Teen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, c2016.

 

A stoner in the process of reforming is pressured to act as a mentor for a new, younger student at his high school in this comedic novel.

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F VAS    FROM ACCLAIMED COLOMBIAN AUTHOR

Vasquez, Juan Gabriel. The Sound of Things Falling. London, UK : Bloomsbury, c2011.

An intimate portrayal of the drug wars in Colombia, from international fiction star Juan Gabriel Vasquez.

NON-FICTION

305.896 MCDONALD
McDonald, Kevin, 1966-. Project Boy : Too Blessed to be Stressed. Paris, France : In The House Publishing Company, c2004.

An account of the trip-ups of urban life and the triumphs of the human spirit.
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338.9 COH (Fr)

 

Cohen, Daniel, 1953-. Le monde est clos et le désir infini. Paris, France : Albin Michel, c2015.

 

Shows that, in spite of Google's prophet's optimism, we are undergoing a technological revolution, the economic effects of which remain uncertain. The digital revolution doesn't stimulate new economic growth. On the contrary, the middle class is losing jobs and suffers from increased inequalities. It is therefore time to protect workers and to reduce social insecurity.

808.02 HOA

 

Hoang, Paul & Chris Taylor. Extended Essay For the IB Diploma : Skills For Success. London, UK : Hodder Education, c2017.

 

Provides a study guide to the extended essay for the IB Diploma Programme.

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956.9104 GOW                

 

Gowans, Stephen. Washington's Long War on Syria. Canada, Montreal : Baraka Books, c2017.

 

Examines the decades-long struggle for control of Syria. This struggle involved secular Arab nationalism, political Islam, and United States imperialism, the self-proclaimed Den of Arabism, and last secular pan-Arabist state in the region.

DVDs

DVD F COU

 

Notting Hill = Coup de foudre à Notting Hill. French ed. Paris, France : Universal Pictures Video, 2003, c1999. Directed by Roger Michell.

 

The world's most famous movie star falls in love with a small-time bookstore owner.

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DVD F IL

 

About Time = Il était temps. French ed. Paris, France : Universal Pictures Video, 2014, c2013. Directed by Richard Curtis.

 

Story of a young man with the special ability to time travel who tries to change his past in order to improve his future.

DVD F MAG

 

Magic in the Moonlight. French ed. Boulogne-Billancourt : TF1 Video, c2014. Directed by Woody Allen.

 

Set in the 1920s, Stanley, an Englishman posing as an Asian magician, attempts to debunk fake spiritualists. He then travels to the south of France to unmask a supposed medium named Sophie as a good-looking fake, but he ends up falling for her real-world charms instead.

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DVD F STA

 

Starbuck. Boulogne-Billancourt : TF1 Video, 2012, c2011. Directed by Ken Scott.

 

David Wozniak, a 42 year-old lovable but perpetual screw-up, finally decides to take control of his life. A habitual sperm donor in his youth, he discovers that he's the biological father of 533 children, 142 of whom are trying to force the fertility clinic to reveal the true identity of the prolific donor code-named Starbuck.


DVD F UN

 

Un plan parfait. Paris, France : Universal Pictures Video, c2013. Directed by Pascal Chaumeil.

 

A successful woman in love tries to break her family curse of every first marriage ending in divorce, by dashing to the altar with a random stranger before marrying her boyfriend.

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BOOK REVIEW

 

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On The Road 

by Jack Kerouac

 

408 pages

Call #: F KER

 

Reviewer: Flavie de Germay, senior



 


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Jack Kerouac's novel, On the Road,  shines with outrageous travels, soulful characters, and tragic humor. Kerouac's novel is definitely directed for the youth who are interested in the adventure of finding oneself. Living in the swinging 1950s and driving on the back roads of America, Dean Moriarty, Sal Paradise, and other friends following the Beat movement travel from New York to California and back. They experience the fifties underground culture of America: jazz, substance abuse, parties, generosity, hitchhiking, and loose or "no strings attached" lifestyles.   Click here for the full review...

 

NOTE: If you wish to share a library book review, please contact M. Chioini.

 

 

 

 RESOURCE HIGHLIGHT

 

You want to prepare for an SAT or an ACT test? You want to review an AP class and take a mock exam?


Then, welcome to Shmoop, the popular test prep and homework site.

 

The school subscribes to the fee-based web service Shmoop to give you access to an amazing array of exercices and mock exams for PSAT, ACT and SAT exams as well as help you review all the AP classes you take at ASP.

 

To create an account, please go to databases page on the library web site and follow the directions. 


 
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Next Standardized Testing Dates:

SAT & SAT Subject: Dec. 2

ACT with writing: Dec. 9


If you need help creating an account, please see Mr. Chioini.

 

 

US STUDENTS BOOK CLUB

 

After The Metamorphosis, our readers tackled On the Road by Jack Kerouac (read their book review above) and followed up with The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.

 

The 1926 novel recounts the lives of a group of American and British expatriates who travel from Paris to the Festival of San Fermín in Pamplona to watch the running of the bulls and the bullfights. Hemingway's spare writing style is deceptively simple, and it is fascinating to dissect a book like this and to grasp how much the author said with few words. 


The group will meet on Dec. 4 and 18.

 

Send your requests for information to the co-leaders.

 
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Mia Kwon, Co-Leader

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    Flavie de Germay, Co-Leader

 

PARENTS-FACULTY-STAFF BOOK CLUB 
(The Adult Book Club!)


Our last read, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead was hailed by our whole group and generated discussions about writing style and story telling, history and current events. Impressive and powerful. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize 2017.

 

Next book: The Sellout by Paul Beatty - 2016 Man Booker Prize

Next meeting: January 16 at 3:50 pm in the library

Future dates: March 13, May 22


The Book Club is open to parents from all 3 Divisions.

If you're interested in joining the group, please contact M. Chioini.

 

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LIBRARY WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS 

 

We remind you that the library offers various workshops on topics such as Resources available, Google Searching, Databases Searching. Get 7 people together and contact M. Chioini to arrange a workshop tailored to your needs.

 

 

BITS & PIECES

 

Location

Building 6, Room 6108,

at the top of the Coulson Commons stairs

 

Hours

Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am to 5 pm 

Friday: 8:30 am to 4 pm


During senior exams: Until 6 pm

 

Telephone

 

Right: Mr. Mario Chioini, MLIS, US Librarian, mchioini@asparis.fr

Left: Mr. Anthony Tremblay, US Library Assistant, uslibrary@asparis.fr

 

 
 

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