Pauline Lemasson

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 17:21

And the winners of the 2014 YAFF are...

And the 2014 YAFF winners are...

YAFF 2014 kidsYAFF 2014 Teen

The 2014 Young Authors Fiction Festival culminated with a celebration event on Friday 6 June 2014. Over 240 people attended the celebration event, including the young author finalists, parents and teachers. Each finalist was awarded a certificate and many of them also received a bookmark with some comments from the judges about their stories. YAFF celebration booklets were printed that include the full stories of all the 1st to 5th place winners. Honorable Mention stories are also listed along with their authors. Each celebration booklet is available for 10 euros each.

This year we had over 340 entries coming from more than 25 schools, homeschooling programs and writing classes located in and around Paris. The Library thanks the forty-four judges participated this year, as well as the small but active YAFF 2014 committee who took care of all of the details along the way. The 2014 YAFF committee include Elizabeth Fay, Eric Hengesbaugh, Pauline Lemasson, Olympia MacKendree, Robin Motheral, Celeste Rhoads, Sarah Towle and Sarah Woolley. Special thanks also goes to Claire Livingston for the design of the celebration booklet and to Charles Trueheart, Naida Kendrick Culshaw, and Hadley Seward for their support and guidance.

The American Library in Paris is proud to be the organizer of the Young Authors Fiction Festival, in collaboration with Time Traveler Tours. The Fiction Festival aims to strengthen community among English-speakers in the Paris area through the art and craft of storytelling. The Festival is open to all students ages 5 to 18 in the greater Paris area who write in English.

We look forward to YAFF 2015, so until then .... Happy Writing!

Photos: Winners of CP/1st Grade (left) and winners of Seconde-Terminale/11th Grade-12th Grade. 
Photo credits: Eric Hengesbaugh

CP / Grade 1
1st: The Boy Who Hypnotized the Monster by Max Watrous-Schumaker
2nd: Bear Business by Marcus Scales
3rd: Super's Birthday Party by Thomas Ravel
4th: The Friends of the Dolphins by Simon Gjone
5th: John the Groundhog by Zachary Vaughn
5th: The three kids and the horse by Chloe Garcia-Pelayo
5th: The Lizard by Cyrus Brumm-Zavosh
Honorable Mention
The Sun and the Moon by Caspar Jennings
Amusement Park by Maxime Houel
Superhero Rescue by Max Lewis

CE1 / Grade 2
1st: Dorothy Gets a Job by Luisa Peyrusaubes
2nd: Adventures of a Jellyfish by Roman Blanco
2nd: The Little Worm by Sorcha McAllister
4th: Nick gets lost in Paris by Toby Loftus
5th: Mark and the Slave Owners by Dorian Echasseriau
Honorable Mention
The Flying Ship by Clarisse Farkas

CE2 / Grade 3
1st: An Easter Mate by Olivia Hadley
2nd: Emily's Diary by Sienna Frederic
3rd: Tulips in February by Venise Hannoyer
4th: The Princess and the Pineapple by Lauren Lendrevie
5th: The Tail of the Great and Almighty Sugar by Rose Thomas
Honorable Mention
The Magic Stick by Sarah Darzacq
The Invincible Fireman by Vardhana Wu
The Story of Frankie by Eli Goldsztejn and Gaspard Millner

CM1 / Grade 4
1st: Beyond the Sea by Pascale Cartwright
2nd: "Fresh" Tomatoes by Lillian Leblanc
3rd: Emmet and The Magic of His Bunny Rabbit by Alexandre Ravel
4th: Hope by Jessica Amselem
5th: The Tail of Gigi by Jacob Faulise
Honorable Mention
How I got a Pet by Katie Tenaillon
The Tale of Hobbs the White Rabbit by Charlie Scales
The Pocket Squirrel by Max Wilson
Mudkip of Minecraft by Kay Evans

CM2 / Grade 5
1st: The Fish in the Dress by Orane Bloch
2nd: Frozen in Time by Martin Personnaz
3rd: The Time Machine by Sian Mcallister
4th: Summer Love by Sophie Salvetti
5th: Breaking the Ice by Alon Haas
Honorable Mention
S.O.S. Ghost by Madeleine English
Sleeping Zoe by Sarah Gonzalez Pepe
The Princes, the Jellybeans and the Bee by Nirali Jain

6ème / 6th grade
1st: Beyond Oliver by Ella Titterington
2nd: Steps from the Past by Anaelle de Serres
3rd: My First Real Valentine's Day by Rosa Silberztein
4th: A Move to the City by Robert Moleni-Jere
5th: Soul Bound in a Rising Storm by Jacqueline Faulise
Honorable Mention
I Give You My Hat by Rio Monier
Swanwings by Kate Souami
Ice Cream Boy by David Hannoyer

5ème / 7th grade
1st: Caged by Trixie Willems
2nd: Stone and Ashes by Juliette Odolant
3rd: 2267 by Ronan Steensprang
4th: The Other Rachel by Sarah Amselem
5th: The Masai and the Lion by Victor Pailloux
Honorable Mention
The Word Lords by Anatoly Grablevsky

4ème / 8th grade
1st: Elijah by Nicholas Julian
2nd: Feelings by Emily Shagrin
3rd: Deemed Unfit for Man by Max Simon
4th: Salt by Mosa Molapo
5th: The abyss down below... the stars above by Morgane Ropion
Honorable Mention
Locked up by Elise du Crest
Bucket List by Anne Lee
To Draw a Dragon by Chloe Erny

3ème / 9th grade
1st: The Life, Times and Moustache of Peter S. Thomas by Emma Black
2nd: Trips and Falters by Anne-Laure Razat
3rd: Metro Story by Ilana Amselem
4th: Innocence. By Mira Martini
5th: Code by Sia Zizliauskas
Honorable Mention
hangman's hill by Louis Dunbar-Johnson
Untitled by Camille Hamant
Code Breaker by Carla Laure

Seconde / 10th grade
1st: No Man's Land by Sarah Nocquet
2nd: Disabled for a day by Thibaut Benefice
3rd: The Escape by Caroline Reynier
4th: The Crush by Eunho Kim
5th: The Monster by Ada Naiman
Honorable Mention
The Blue Daisy by Paula Danne
Rose and the golden lady by Thibaud Kegels
Treacherous Knowledge in the Hands of a Disillusioned Autodidact by Violine Silier
Stones by Aline Messi

Première et Terminale / 11th  and 12th grade
1st: Come On by Sophie Benson
2nd: The Saving by Rebecca Lafon
3rd: Gaia by Rachel Picard
4th: Ray of Light by Candice Dela Cruz
5th: Waiting to breathe by Irène La Fay
Honorable Mention
The Christopher Project by Molly Griffiths
Two Flowers by Philippe O'Malley
A wide new world by Liam Morse

Saturday, 22 June 2013 14:54

And the YAFF 2013 winners are ....

YAFF 2013 SarahYAFF 2013 child winner

The American Library in Paris is proud to be the organizer of the Young Authors Fiction Festival, in collaboration with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and Time Traveler Tours.

The Fiction Festival aims to strengthen community among English-speakers in the Paris area through the art and craft of storytelling. The Festival is open to all students ages 5 to 18 in the greater Paris area who write in English. This year we had over 380 entries coming from 33 schools, homeschooling programs and writing classes located in and around Paris. Forty-two judges participated this year and we couldn't do it without the faithful support of our volunteer judges and the small but active YAFF 2013 committee who took care of all of the details along the way.

Thank you to the YAFF 2013 team and to the judges who made the Fiction Festival a success. We look forward to YAFF 2014, so until then ....

Happy Writing!


Honorable Mention: Strange Ghost Thomas Ravel

1st Place: 100 Shadows Maxence Krantz
2nd Place: My brother and the Magic soup Minha Lee
3rd Place: The Vegetable Fight by Luisa Peyrusaube
4th Place (a tie in 4th place): McSwofoo and the Monster Henry Everett
4th Place (a tie in 4th place): Ghota Versus the Emperor of the Red Eye Sean von Truetzschler Griggs
5th Place: The Dinosaur Rescue Raffaella Nava
Honorable Mentions: The Two Little Aleins Kaitlyn Jouin; Adventures With the Sky Megan Renaud; and The Apple Tower Lucien Wisman

1st Place: Ping Zhi's Adventure Sienna Frederic
2nd Place: The Mouse That Travelled Mathilde André
3rd Place: The Forgotten Land Scarlett Crooks
4th Place: The Rainbow Flower Kiely Renaud
5th Place: The Blue Fairy Annette Walter
Honorable Mentions: The Super Chicken And The Bandit Pig Tulio Correa and Super Baby Lucy Pouquet

1st Place: Toad Pandemonium Charlie Scales
2nd Place: My Drippy Career Jessica Amselem
3rd Place: Tastes of the World Ethan Murray
4th Place: A Hop Into Time Lily Petyt
5th Place: Rita Bosses and Complains Pascale Cartwright
Honorable Mentions: The Pirate Revolution Sandra Bobanovic; The Snapping Turtle & the Blue Cheetah Iris Collell; Best Friends Audrey Wise; and The Easter Egg Hunt Robelle Wisman

1st Place: Mr. Ping and Mr.Pong Poppy Scales
2nd Place: Cocoa Power Ella Harrigan
3rd Place: Jack Dickens. Story No.1:The Mad Burglar Jonathan Smith-Brière de l'Isle
4th Place: The Three Tree Frogs, Chapter 4: The Invasion of the Giant Flies Julia Henry
5th Place (a tie in 5th place): Abandoned Sian McAllister
5th Place (a tie in 5th place): Paris Winter Mystery Clarice Wu
Honorable Mentions: The Mysterious Robberies Maxime Afrazmanech and The Anonymous Place Ariana Freire Ramos

1st Place: Death Among the flowers Naomi Vereecke
2nd Place: The Red Hooded Rider Louis Fulham
3rd Place: The Magic Wart Johan Tenaillon
4th Place: Unexpected Goblins Kate Souami
5th Place: Jake and the Paperman Ella Bernard
Honorable Mentions: Pavel Caspar Lynch; The Icicle Ginger Trask; and The Curse Phoebe Wilson

1st Place: Fujiwaka and his Magic Garden Idil Delmas
2nd Place: Checkmate Jules Odolant
3rd Place: Twinzies Francesca Poupel
4th Place: The Dog's Tale Dermot McGrath
5th Place: The Boy with the Elephant Necklace Montserrat Deolarte Ruiz
Honorable Mentions: Every Cloud has a Silver Lining Camille Easton and Unprepared for the Test Dave Pranshu

1st Place: Life of a Tooth Claire Hedaycker
2nd Place: I Am Edgar Chanho Kim
3rd Place: My butterfly Victoria Koch
4th Place: The Darkest Knight Fran Rajic
5th Place: Seasons Change, People Change Michela Macke
Honorable Mentions: Helly Cream- A satire short Story of World War 2 Abhay Bhandari; Secrets of the Past Anne Lee; and Wheels Emilie Shagrin

1st Place: The Last Bell of Midnight Emma Black
2nd Place: Letters to Paige Steffi Xinrong Tan
3rd Place: Hope for a New Best Friend Robine van der Eijk
4th Place: The Boy in the Back Chloe Drape
5th Place: Catpocalypse Now! Tabitha Collingridge
Honorable Mentions: The Other Side Mira Hobbs; Regrets Nesengani Nakisani; and A Christmas Dream Marie Merveilleux du Vignaux

1st Place: The Librarian’s Son Sophie Stretch
2nd Place: No Regrets Sarah Nocquet
3rd Place: The Edge of Steel Constance Destais
4th Place: Papers Charlotte de Wolf
5th Place: Dreaming of Paradise Julia Koetsier
Honorable Mentions: Interrogation Namanh Kapur; The Friend Eunho Kim; The Taste of Feelings Chloe Leblanc

1st Place: First is the Worst, Second is the Best Ambre Bourdier
2nd Place: Focus Bilal Choho
3rd Place: Living in the Wild Juliana Mee
4th Place: Tree Sevana Holst
5th Place: November Anniina Ruonala
Honorable Mentions: The Not So Secret Life Of Homo Adolescentus Sophie BensonFlying Changes Eleonore DuroyonMedusa Maxime Jarquin; and The Work of a Genius Kelly Alkhouli

1st Place: The End Alana Juric
2nd Place: Chaetophobia Louis Jamart
3rd Place: My Everything Therese McCarry
4th Place: The Grain of Salt Daniel Nascimento
5th Place: The Name of the Game is Winning... Isn't It? Alizee Baumert
Honorable Mention: Fireworks Liliana Hertling

Monday, 01 October 2012 23:33

An amazing rentrée

An amazing rentréeNo time is busier in the life of the American Library than the rentrée. September is the busiest month of the year for new members and renewals, and this year has been no exception. Great crowds at our evening programs, throngs of families in the children’s department, and heavily subscribed book groups give more evidence of the interest and participation the Library is generating in the community.

We were thrilled that more than 150 newcomers came through the doors to discover the Library at our fall Open House two Sundays ago, an afternoon of activity and welcome organized by external affairs manager Pauline Lemasson.

A special voter registration table hosted by the Union of Overseas Voters did steady business throughout the day preparing overseas voters for the upcoming US elections.


Celeste Rhoads and intern Maggie Wurzer laid out an afternoon of fun and games, as well as a special art workshop by Ann Bruce Hénaff (photo credit). Then there were behind-the-scenes tours with the director. At past Open Houses I might have led groups of four or five, this time I was talking to standing-room-only groups of fifteen or twenty. Each tour began with a viewing of the seven-minute Library film, which you can watch right now.

What with voter registration, the tours, and a very fine jazz duo helping everyone unwind at the end of the day, the Library was an exceptionally noisy place that day. Thanks to all who good-naturedly continued to read and study, to all who came to the Open House, and to all who join the Library, any time at all.