April 2018 Issue

US Sawiris Library





"Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it." - Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind



    This month:


    . New acquisitions 

    . Kwame Alexander's visit: A big success

    . Flavie de Germay at the Poetry by Heart final

    . Book Review  

    . Curriculum connection with GAPS 9


    Happy reading...


    Mario Chioini 

    8-12 Librarian









Flavie de Germay, second from the right

On Saturday March 24th, Flavie de Germay attended the Poetry by Heart final at Ecole Jeannine Manuel where 43 students from grades 9-12 representing 16 international schools in France were gathered for the France final.

Flavie competed against 10 students in Grade 11 and the first place went to a student at ISP. The overall win went to a student at Ecole Jeannine Manuel.

Though she was out sick all the week before, and not fully recovered, Flavie recited her two poems honorably and probably gave her best performance. We are proud of her perseverance and participation, and ASP was lucky to have her as its ambassador.

Poetry by Heart proposes high school students with rich and valuable public speaking, personal and poetic experiences. We look forward to bringing it to ASP again next year.


And don't forget.. April is Poetry month!


The competition was a wonderful prelude to the upcoming National Poetry Month celebrations inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 and is celebrated each April throughout the world.

Come check out our poetry collection.




It was with great anticipation that the students and teachers of the Middle School welcomed celebrated poet Kwame Alexandre to ASP on March 22 and 23.  He did not fail to impress!


Kwame's workshop with 6th graders navigated them through the subtle process of creating the perfect haiku on the subject of lemonade. In just an hour's time, Kwame transformed the sixth grade into a group of writers and editors engaged in one collective pursuit: to find just the right words. As ideas spewed out from all directions, words and phrases were suggested, rejected, adapted, shortened, lengthened, reversed, reshaped, tweaked and tailored to produce seventeen syllables to satisfy (nearly) everyone. A joyous Babel!


Kwame got the 7th grade to repurpose poetry with an activity called "Borrowed Poems." Using William Carlos Williams' piece This is Just to Say for inspiration, Kwame asked students to borrow certain lines and phrases, then to add their own creative touches to recast the original into something unique. Some budding poets were even intrepid enough to share their work, taking the stage just to say.




His high energy and motivation had even the shyest of the 8th grade poets adding their voices to the poems he was creating with them. His ability to help us understand how writing poetry benefitted his life and helps make the world a better place was not lost on us. We all need more poetry in our lives.



Made possible by the Excellence Fund, the PFA and the MS.



Monday 9 April 2018, 19h30


The American Library in Paris is proud to present Word for Word, now in our 23rd year of collaboration. 

Le Théâtre de la Tour Eiffel (formerly Le Théâtre Adyar)

4 Square Rapp, 75007 Paris


. The running time is 2h20m, with a ten-minute intermission. 

. Suggested donation: 25€ per person (15€ students)

. Seating is first-come, first-served; no reserved seating is available. 

. There will be a light reception with the cast and crew after the performance, back at the   Library at 10, rue du Général Camou. 


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





Crouch, Blake. Dark Matter: A Novel. 1st ed. New York : Crown, c2016.


A science-fiction thriller, in which an ordinary man is kidnapped, knocked unconscious--and awakens in a world inexplicably different from the reality he thought he knew.


DiSilverio, Laura A. H. Close Call. 1st ed. Woodbury, Minn. : Midnight Ink, c2016.

Sydney Ellison has lived through her share of media shaming, so when she picks up the wrong phone and stumbles on to a plot to assassinate a senator, she resists contacting the police. When the assassin tracks her down and kills her fianć, Sydney reluctantly enlists the aid of her estranged sister. Now she must put all she has worked for on the line to stop the killer and his employer before more people die.




Graudin, Ryan. Blood for Blood. New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2016.

In this alternate version of the 1950s, after the Axis powers win World War II, Yael, a Jewish skinshifter, fails in her mission to kill Hitler and finds herself being hunted while trying to finish what she started

F GRA (ff)


Graudin, Ryan. Wolf by Wolf. New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2016, c2015.

The first book in a duology about an alternate version of 1956 where the Axis powers won WWII, and hold an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents to commemorate their victory.




Marra, Anthony. The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories. London, UK ; : Hogarth, 2016, c2015.


A collection of interwoven tales explores themes of family, sacrifice, war, and the redemptive power of art.



McBride, Eimear. A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing. Minneapolis : Coffee House Press, 2014, c2013.

Tells the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, how his childhood brain tumor affects everything from family violence to sexuality, and the personal struggle to survive intense trauma.


F PAT (sf)


Patterson, James, 1947-. Maximum Ride Forever. New York : Jimmy Patterson Books/Little, Brown and Co., 2016, c2015.


Maximum Ride and her broken flock roam a postapocalyptic world, searching for answers to what happened.



Tsiolkas, Christos. The Slap. London, UK : Tuskar Rock Press, c2008.


At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own. Told from the points of view from the eight people who were present at the barbeque. The slap and its consequences force them all to question the way they live, their expectations and dreams, their beliefs and desires.




155.5 CHA


Chapman, Gary. A Teen's Guide to the 5 Love Languages: How to Understand Yourself and Improve All Your Relationships. Chicago, Ill. : Northfield Publishing, c2016.


A guide to the five love languages--quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, and touch--that is geared specifically toward teens, including an overview of the five languages, a profile/assessment instrument for teens, practical examples/tips for applying each language in a teen' s context, and graphics that reinforce key concepts.

294.3 BST

Bstan-'dzin-rgya-mtsho. Ethics for the New Millennium. New York, N.Y. : Riverhead Books, c1999.

The Dalai Lama, spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people, presents an ethical system he believes could result in happiness for every individual, arguing that human beings are better than they think, and that a society and a life that cultivates love and compassion are obtainable.


401 COR


Corballis, Michael C. The Truth about Language: What It Is and Where It Came From. Chicago and London : The University of Chicago Press, c2017.


Argues that language is not the product of some "big bang" 60,000 years ago, but rather the result of a typically slow process of evolution with roots in elements of grammatical language found much farther back in our evolutionary history.

612.8 LEW


Lewis, Michael. The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds. New York, N.Y : Norton, c2017.


Explores the collaboration between Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky and looks at their role in undoing assumptions about the human mind and the decision-making process.

612.8 NEW

New Scientist Instant Explorer. How Your Brain Works: Inside the Most Complicated Object in the Known Universe. London, UK : John Murray Learning, c2017.

In this book leading neuroscientists and New Scientist introduce the evolution and anatomy of the brain viewed through traits such as: memory, emotions, sleep, sensing and perception.
741.5 HYM

Hyman, Miles. Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery": The Authorized Graphic Adaptation. New York : Hill and Wang, c2016.

A graphic novel adaptation of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" in which the people of a village perform their annual lottery, with startling consequences for the recipient of the one paper with the black spot.

741.5 KUR


Kurzweil, Amy. Flying Couch: A Graphic Memoir. New York, N.Y. : Catapult/Black Balloon, c2016.


Amy Kurzweil weaves her coming-of-age as an artist with the childhood stories of her mother, a psychologist, and her Bubbe, a World War II survivor who escaped the Warsaw Ghetto by disguising her Jewish identity to offer a more complete framework for the legacy of family trauma, the power of storytelling, and the meaning of home.

794.8 STA


Stanton, Richard, 1982-. A Brief History of Video Games. Philadelphia, Penn. : Running Press, c2015.

Focusing on creative and scientific advances between 1962 and today this book offers a global perspective on gamings past and its cutting-edge future with the evolution of virtual reality, 3D graphics, and thought-interface technology. It also addresses the design process from concept to packaging, considers the influence of manga and anime, and explores the relationship between video games and movies.






Dix pour cent. Season 1. 6 episodes. French ed. Boulogne-Billancourt, France : TF1 Video, c2015. Directed by Cédric Klapisch et al.


At a Paris talent firm, agents scramble to keep their star clients happy and their business afloat.



Hollywoo. French ed. Issy-les-Moulineaux, France : StudioCanal, 2012, c2010. Directed by Frédéric Berthe & Pascal Serieis.


Jeanne Rinaldi makes a living by dubbing an American actress in a TV Series. When she learns that the latter has given up her role, Jeanne flies to Hollywood to convince her to return to the series. There, she meets Farres, who opens the doors of the star system for her.



Kill Bill Vol. 1. French ed. Boulogne-Billancourt, France : TF1 Video, 2006, c2003. Directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Four years after taking a bullet in the head at her own wedding, the Bride emerges from a coma and decides it's time for payback ... with a vengeance.



Kill Bill Vol. 2. French ed. Boulogne-Billancourt, France : TF1 Video, 2006, c2004. Directed by Quentin Tarantino.


The Bride continues on her deadly pursuit of her former partners in the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, who, in a furious assault, attempted to murder her and her unborn child on her wedding day.




The Flowers of War = Sacrifices of War. French ed. Boulogne-Billancourt, France : TF1 Video, 2015, c2011. Directed by Zhang Yimou.

A westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan's rape of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.




Why Don't Students Like School? by Daniel T. Wittingham


180 pages


Call #: PRO 370.15 WIL


Reviewer: Anne Diss, US Science teacher


Why Don't Students Like School is an easy read, presented in pretty terse chapters with a few illustrations and tidy recaps. I often mentioned this book to my students this year and hope they weren't too horrified at how long it took me to read the entire thing: after racing through the first two chapters (outlining two big cognitive ideas) I slowed considerably as I found some of the ideas got a little repetitive and at times a bit less striking. There are two big ideas I'm taking away from this friendly book: the difficulty in 'transfer', and Bubbe psychology. 


 Click here for the full review...


 Project: GAPS 9 - Sexual Health


The 9th grade has started a 5 week unit on sexual health. The course is co-taught by our faculty mentors (Jocelyn Kerr, Justin Kearnes and Mima Fayad) and Mario Chioini, who will be focusing more on research and presentation skills. Students will complete a collaborative research project that will include a presentation in front of their GAPS class so we can all learn more about their specific topic. The topics that students will be choosing from may include contraceptives, relationships, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, age of consent, etc. 

(The Adult Book Club!)


We chose Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng for our last book of the year.


Please note that our last meeting will be on May 22 and the Book Club will reconvene next Fall. we hope you'll want to join us. 

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


Photo credit: Janet Rubinstein, ASP Communications Manager




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

Left: Mr. Anthony Tremblay, US Library Assistant,


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