January 2018 Issue

US Sawiris Library






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    This month:


    . New acquisitions 

    . Poetry By Heart - School Final

    . iTour with 8th grade

    . Book review 


    Happy reading...


    Mario Chioini 

    8-12 Librarian


Under the leadership of Jocelyn Kerr, the five-part parent education series, Active Parenting for Teens, has sparked many interesting discussions around parenting adolescents in today's world. The classes were held in the library study room.




Matchs d'impro en français, 2e semestre

Joignez-vous à nous !  Oui, vous ! 


A partir du 15 janvier, nous allons débuter un autre semestre d'improvisation en français.


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 auront lieu les lundis de 15h45 à 17h dans la nouvelle cafétéria de la Lower School. Inscrivez-vous le plus tôt possible.


Information et inscription : M. Chioini.





Poetry By Heart

The school final

Flavie de Germay and Ioannis Sterckk will perform at the school final on Wednesday, January 17. 

Please give them your full support and encouragement.


17 schools will participate in the Paris final on Saturday, March 24, at École Jeanine Manuel in Paris.


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



F CON (ff)


Condie, Allyson Braithwaite. Matched. New York: Speak, 2011, c2010.


Cassia has always had complete trust in the Society to make decisions for her, but when she is being paired with her ideal mate, a second face flashes on the screen, and Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility as she tries to decide which man she truly loves.

F CON (ff)

Condie, Allyson Braithwaite. Crossed. New York: Speak, 2013, c2011.
Cassia, having arrived in the Outer Provinces in search of Ky, learns he has escaped from the Society and follows a series of clues he left, which result in rebellion, betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander.

F CON (ff)


Condie, Allyson Braithwaite. Reached. New York, N.Y.: Speak, 2013, c2012.

Cassia, Ky, and Xander continue to resist the Society with

Cassia working as a sorter in Central and looking for clues to the start of the rebellion, Ky in the outer provinces awaiting orders and flying planes, and Xander working as a medical officer and witnessing the start of a plague that was engineered by the Rising.



Horowitz, Anthony, 1955-. Eagle Strike. London, UK: Walker Books, 2015, c2003.

After a chance encounter with assassin Yassen Gregorovich in the South of France, teenage spy Alex Rider investigates international pop star and philanthropist Damian Cray whose new video game venture hides sinister motives involving Air Force One, nuclear missiles, and the international drug trade.



Horowitz, Anthony, 1955-. Scorpia. London, UK: Walker Books, 2005, c2004.

After being told that his father was an assassin for a criminal organization, fourteen-year-old Alex goes to Italy to find out more and becomes involved in a plan to kill thousands of English schoolchildren.



Horowitz, Anthony, 1955-. Ark Angel. London, UK: Walker Books, 2015, c2005.

After recovering from a near fatal gunshot wound, teenage spy Alex Rider embarks on a new mission to stop a group of eco-terrorists from sabotaging the launch of the first outer space hotel.




Horowitz, Anthony, 1955-. Scorpia Rising. London, UK : Walker Books, 2015, c2011.


Alex Rider must once again do battle against the terrorist organization responsible for the death of his parents--Scorpia--when their plot in the Middle East poses a threat to humanity, but this time around the risks are bigger and Alex will not walk away so easily.



Horowitz, Anthony, 1955-. Never Say Die. London, UK: Walker Books, c2017.


Following the events of Scorpia Rising, Alex relocates to San Francisco as he slowly recovers from the tragic death of his best friend and caregiver, Jack Starbright, at the hands of terrorists working for SCORPIA. With Jack gone, Alex feels lost and alone, but then, out of the blue, he receives a cryptic email--just three words long, but enough to make Alex believe that Jack may be alive. Armed with this shred of hope, Alex boards a flight bound for Egypt and embarks on a dubious quest to track Jack down.




129 CAV


Cave, Stephen. Immortality : The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization. 1st ed. New York: Crown Publishers, c2012.

Explores the possibility of living forever and whether humans should want to, and argues that it is the preoccupation with defying mortality that drives civilization.

293 GAI

Gaiman, Neil. Norse Mythology. 1st ed. New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2017.

Neil Gaiman presents a version of the great Norse myths, fashioning primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

355.02 ARM


Armitage, David, 1965-. Civil Wars: a History in Ideas. 1st ed. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, c2017.

Traces civil war from Ancient Rome through the centuries to present day. By touching on certain significant instances in Western thought -- the poetry of Lucan, the political theory of Thomas Hobbes, the Lieber Code produced during our own civil war, to name a few historian David Armitage creates a 'genealogy' of our sometimes contradictory notions about civil war.

629.442 PEA


Peake, Tim. Hello, is this planet Earth?: My View from the International Space Station. London, UK : Century, c2016.


The first book by astronaut Tim Peake - a mesmerising collection of over 150 of Tim's stunning photographs that he took on board the International Space Station, many of which have not been seen before.

629.45 COM

Comins, Neil F., 1951-. The Traveler's Guide to Space: For One-Way Settlers and Round-Trip Tourists. New York: Columbia University Press, c2017.

Presents a thorough and timely account of the incredible sights that await any solar system traveler, as well as scientific insight into the sensations, pitfalls, and wonders both geological and astronomical that he or she will encounter along the way.
808.4 LEK

Lekanides, Kosta. Extended Essay Course Book. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Equip learners to achieve in the Extended Essay. The only support matched to the new IB Guide, this essential resource provides learners a step-by-step pathway to maximize achievement. With complete guidance for every aspect of writing and researching, use this resource to strengthen performance.

956 COC


Cockburn, Patrick, 1950-. The Age of Jihad : Islamic State and the Great War for the Middle East. London, UK: Verso, c2016.

Presented in diary form, this substantial volume draws together a careful selection of Cockburn's writings from the frontlines of the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, interspersed with thoughtful analyses and contemporary, original reflection.




The Age of Adaline = Adaline. French ed. Boulogne-Billancourt, France : TF1 Video, c2015. Directed by Lee Toland Krieger

After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones reignites her passion for life and romance.




Foxcatcher. French ed. Boulogne-Billancourt, France : TF1 Video, 2015, c2014. Directed by Bennett Miller.

Based on true events, the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers.



L'écume des jours. French ed. Paris, France : Universal Pictures Video, c2013. Directed by Michel Gondry.


The well-to-do Colin and charming Chloe meet at a party, fall in love, and begin an idyllic (if unconventional) marriage but soon Chloe begins to suffer from a strange illness and Colin is then forced to spend all his money in an attempt to cure her, as the world around them begins to fall apart.




Neighbors = Nos pires voisins. French ed. Paris, France : Universal Pictures Video, c2014. Directed by Nicholas Stoller.


An immature couple with a newborn infant go to war with the fraternity that turns their once-peaceful neighborhood into party central.



Une famille à louer. French ed. Paris, France : Universal Pictures Video, c2015. Directed by Jean-Pierre Améris.

Depressed by his loneliness, Paul-Andre, a shy and wealthy man, offers to rent the family of a good-natured woman with two kids in exchange of settling her debts..








The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

538 pages
Call #: F WHI

Reviewer: Mary Jean Lowe

A native New Yorker who found herself at 16 years of age living in the capital of the Confederacy, I came face to face with a part of US history that was very remote from the preoccupations of Long Islanders who identified themselves as Irish, Italian or German (although few of them had ever left the continental United States). The statues along Monument Avenue, Lumpkin's slave jail, the Stewart-Lee House (where Robert E. Lee stayed) among other reminders of the Civil War were constant fixtures in an environment where I was suddenly known as a "Yankee." I learned the history of the period, including bits and pieces about the Underground Railroad, but I must admit to no more than a passing curiosity about a time I found upsetting and surreal.   Click here for the full review...

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Metropolis by Martin Roemers


Call #: 770.994 ROE


Reviewer: Ido Kotler, 10th grade student 


Metropolis, by Martin Roemers is a gorgeous book, with some incredibly beautiful photos. In the book, Roemers takes photos of cities that represents them in the best way. In the beginning, I didn't understand what that meant, I thought he was only going to show photos of the most famous monuments of each city, but I was wrong. Roemers uses a technique that shows movement and creates a vivid and unique portrait of each city. With this technique he captures the urban life and the speed at which it happens while creating beautiful pictures.

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 Project: The iTour

 Teacher: Chris Wayling, Gr. 8 Soc. St. 

In November, the Grade 8 students have undertaken an extensive research project in their Social Studies classes.  This project has challenged the students to investigate the historical and contemporary roles that colonialism and imperialism have played in different areas across the globe.

The teams have been exploring the motivations and methods of colonialism and imperialism, are assessing the impacts left by such ideologies, analyse how geography shapes world events, and attempt to explain how our desire and need for resources lead to cooperation and conflict in some instances.


Classroom-library collaboration


To complete this project the Grade 8 students have been working with Mr. Chioini, from the Upper School Library, to acquire and refine their researching and critical thinking skills using online databases, a search engine and various global digital libraries efficiently and effectively. 


Overall, witnessing the research teams engaged in authentic student-driven learning has been an incredible experience. The project has demonstrated the importance of balancing the acquisition of historical content with the development of researching skills.


(The Adult Book Club!)

The group is now reading the acclaimed The Sellout by Paul Beatty, winner of the Man Booker Prize 2016.


Next meeting: January 16

Future dates: March 13, May 22

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

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






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Friday: 8:30 am to 4 pm

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Right: Mr. Mario Chioini, MLIS, US Librarian,

Left: Mr. Anthony Tremblay, US Library Assistant,


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