L’incroyable histoire de l’avion solaire, de Bertrand Piccard et André Borschberg

Voici le récit de la plus extraordinaire aventure du XXIe siècle : Solar Impulse, ou la conception du seul avion capable de voler de jour comme de nuit sans carburant, uniquement à l’aide de l’énergie solaire, pour faire le tour du monde sans émission polluante… Montrer ainsi qu’il est possible de préserver notre planète grâce à des technologies propres.

Plus qu’un rêve, le projet Solar Impulse autour du monde est un défi et une incroyable aventure pour les hommes qui travaillent à rendre l’avion solaire performant. Pour les héros-pilotes de ce gigantesque oiseau, Bertrand Piccard et André Borschberg, Solar Impulse c’est aussi et surtout un message : celui de croire à la capacité d’innover et de changer le monde. L’incroyable histoire de l’avion solaire (67 pages, 629.13 PIC)

Pax, by Sara Pennypacker

A moving story of the extraordinary friendship between a boy and his fox, and their epic journey to be reunited. Beautifully illustrated by multi-award winner, Jon Klassen. Pax was only a kit when his family was killed and he was rescued by ‘his boy’, Peter. Now the country is at war and when his father enlists, Peter has no choice but to move in with his grandfather. Far worse than leaving home is the fact that he has to leave Pax behind. But before Peter spends even one night under his grandfather’s roof he sneaks out into the night, determined to find his beloved friend. This is the story of Peter, Pax, and their journeys back to each other as war rampages throughout the country (276 pages, F PEN)

Where in the World is… ? 2016-2017/08

Fairy Glen, Skye, Scotland. This quiz was won by Edwin Auton (Year 7), Marco Jakovljevic (Year 7) and Emily Bruins (Year 7)

Where in the world? Correctly identify the exact location of the photograph. Use your geographic knowledge, the internet or books in the MMC to help. Winners in years 7, 8 and 9 will earn a Geography Credit. All winners will be posted outside the Geography rooms. Send your answers to Mr. Ashworth at duncan . ashworth @ ecolint . ch

Où dans le monde? Identifiez correctement l’endroit indiqué par la photographie. Utilisez vos connaissances géographiques, internet ou des livres de bibliothèque pour vous aider. Les gagnants des classes 7, 8 et 9 peuvent gagner des crédits de géographie. tous les gagnants seront affichés devant les salles de géographie. Envoyez vos réponses à M. Ashworth : duncan . ashworth @ ecolint . ch

Flow, de Mikaël Thévenot

Josh, 16 ans, souffre de crises de migraine depuis son enfance. Son entrée au lycée va le troubler plus qu’il ne s’y attendait. Les migraines, qui l’avaient épargné pendant longtemps, recommencent à le malmener.
Il finit par en comprendre la raison : il a la capacité d’accéder au flow de pensées de toutes les personnes qui l’entourent.
D’abord seul face à cette révélation, il trouve soutien et conseils auprès d’un internaute mystérieux, qui le contacte directement sur son ordinateur. Avec son ami Axel, petit génie de l’informatique, Josh va tout faire pour découvrir l’identité de son drôle de mentor et l’origine de son don.
Une aventure numérique qui le mènera aux Etats-Unis, où il a vécu avec sa mère avant qu’elle ne meure dans de sombres circonstances il y a huit ans, et où un agent du FBI, Kyle Chester, a cherché en vain à élucider le mystère de cette mort. À une dizaine d’années d’intervalle, l’un et l’autre frôlent le danger pour mener leurs propres enquêtes (2 tomes, R THE)

Time travel, a History, by James Gleick

Gleick’s story begins at the turn of the twentieth century with the young H. G. Wells writing and rewriting the fantastic tale that became his first book, an international sensation, “The Time Machine.” A host of forces were converging to transmute the human understanding of time, some philosophical and some technological the electric telegraph, the steam railroad, the discovery of buried civilizations, and the perfection of clocks. Gleick tracks the evolution of Time travel as an idea in the culture from Marcel Proust to “Doctor Who,” from Woody Allen to Jorge Luis Borges. He explores the inevitable looping paradoxes and examines the porous boundary between pulp fiction and modern physics. Finally, he delves into a temporal shift that is unsettling our own moment: the instantaneous wired world, with its all-consuming present and vanishing future (336 pages, 530.11 GLE).

Where in the World is… ? 2016-2017/07

Glacial melting flowing out of the Skafta River in Iceland. This quiz was won by Edwin Auton (Y7)

Where in the world? Correctly identify the exact location of the photograph. Use your geographic knowledge, the internet or books in the MMC to help. Winners in years 7, 8 and 9 will earn a Geography Credit. All winners will be posted outside the Geography rooms. Send your answers to Mr. Ashworth at duncan . ashworth @ ecolint . ch

Où dans le monde? Identifiez correctement l’endroit indiqué par la photographie. Utilisez vos connaissances géographiques, internet ou des livres de bibliothèque pour vous aider. Les gagnants des classes 7, 8 et 9 peuvent gagner des crédits de géographie. tous les gagnants seront affichés devant les salles de géographie. Envoyez vos réponses à M. Ashworth : duncan . ashworth @ ecolint . ch

Mystère en Irlande, de Roger Judenne

La grand-tante de Coleen est décédée, laissant son cottage à son neveu, le père de Coleen. La mère de la jeune fille voudrait en faire des chambres d’hôte, mais un producteur de télévision français propose un prix indécent afin d’acheter la maison. Désireux de moderniser sa ferme, le père de Coleen hésite… Cette dernière soupçonne un mauvais tour et mène l’enquête : que cache le cottage de la discrète tante Lisbeth ?

Un mort par assassinat, beaucoup de musique irlandaise, un amour de jeunesse et des fish and chips pour un roman policier facile à lire. Mystère en Irlande (155 pages, R JUD)

My embarrassing dad’s gone viral! by the brilliantly funny Ben Davis

What’s a boy to do when his mum disappears, his dad moves him and his sister to the middle of nowhere, and his life takes a very swift downward turn… secretly launch his dad on the internet as the Next Big Thing, of course!

Hi guys! I bet every one of you knows what it’s like to have an embarrassing parent – right? I bet they’ve done something so cringey that you wanted the ground to open up and swallow you whole. But let me tell you, my friend, NOBODY has a dad like mine. He takes embarrassing to a whole new level. If embarrassing was an Olympic sport, my dad would have, like, a gazillion gold medals.

This hilarious story will have instant appeal to a YouTube-watching generation and is told through a series of vlogs. Combining Ben Davis’s brilliantly-funny voice and Mike Lowery’s amazingly-amazing illustrations is sure to make this a hit with readers everywhere. After all, everyone knows what it’s like to have an embarrassing parent, don’t they? My embarrassing dad’s gone viral! 274 pages with illustrations (F DAV)

International day of women and girls in Science

Grace Brewster Murray: American mathematician and rear admiral in the U.S. Navy helped devise UNIVAC, the first commercial computer and created one of the first programming languages (COBOL) (source: public.resource.org)

Saturday the 11th of February will be the International day of women and girls in Science. If the names of Ada Lovelace, Marie Curie, Grace Murray Hopper or Jane Goodall don’t ring any bell, then it’s time for you to come to the library and look for one of these books:

Winter Reading Challenge: the results

Congratulations to all 201 students and staff who read books as part of the Winter Reading Challenge. 81 students and staff achieved the Gold standard of reading 8 books in the 5 week period, including 3 top students who get a special mention for the most pages read:

1. Sintra Horwitz (9.6)  2. Alice Lim (8.1)  3. Kim Williams (7.4) 

A further 108 students will receive a certificate for achieving the Bronze or Silver challenge.
Check your results here or come to the library to see the Reading Wall of Fame

Each medalist had their name entered into the prize draw. The following names have been pulled out of the hat and will receive a prize as well as their certificate:
Gold medalists: Evelyn Han 7.6 , Emanuel Envall 7.4 , Fernando Rosales 7.6 , Erick Osborne 7.1 , Antonella Nahon 9.3 and Sofia Silden 8.5 .
Silver medalists: Luca Cawley 7.2, Elizabeth Bawden 9.6, Sejin Kim 7.6, Aleezay Hussain 9.2, Yoshima Kawakami 10.3 and Maëlis Goodstein 10.3
Bronze medalistsHives Ethan 8.1 , Sonja Meijer 10.2 and Laura Given 9.6

Congratulations to all, and keep reading! (Congratulations also go to Finnegan Boyle, our only Y13 participant, and Ms. Victoria Seymour, our only adult participant, for taking up the challenge and achieving a gold medal.).