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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on March 3, 2011

Introducing a new novel set (Call number NS1192) available through the Terry James Video Library. 

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death on live TV. One boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and sixteen are selected by lottery to play. The winner brings riches and favor to his or her district. But that is nothing compared to what the Capitol wins: one more year of fearful compliance with its rule. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her impoverished district in the Games.

Sample copies and teacher guides for “The Hunger Games”, as well as, audiobooks of the entire trilogy are available in the Terry James Resource Library.

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New Novel Sets

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on October 18, 2010

The Terry James Media Library has three new novel sets for intermediate students.

The new titles are:  Egghead — Breadwinner — American Born Chinese (graphic novel).



American born

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It’s a Book

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on September 9, 2010

It’s a Book

In a world where actual books are slowly being replaced by electronic ones, this wry commentary is timely. A monkey is quietly enjoying a book when a donkey sits down with his computer. The donkey proceeds to ask lots of annoying questions about the book, wondering if it can tweet or blog or scroll. The monkey gets more and more irritated, but soon, something surprising happens. With delightful, clever illustrations.

Joe Bright and the Seven Genre Dudes

Introduce readers to the world of genres with Joe Bright and seven diminutive dudes! This fractured fairy tale puts a fun twist on the story of Snow White.

Each and every day, Stella the master storyteller poses a single question to her magic storybook: “Storybook, storybook, carved upon the chair, who is the storyteller extraordinaire?” And each and every day, the book replies,“You, Stella, are a great story tella!” But one fateful day, the magic storybook has a different answer for his powerful owner: “You, Stella, are talented it’s true, but Joe Bright is quite a storyteller, too.” Stella is enraged by the news of a talented newcomer, and so begins this delightful fractured fairy tale of a miffed storytelling enchantress, the winsome Joe Bright and the delightful seven genre dudes, whose memorable personalities and penchant for books of all kinds ultimately save the day for storytelling audiences throughout the kingdom.

With comprehensive library lessons and vibrant illustrations, this charming picture book will have students remembering Joe Bright—and literary genres—happily ever after!

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BOLDPRINT Graphic Novels

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on March 26, 2010

Action-packed and uniquely Canadian, BOLDPRINT Graphic Novels  are perfect for Literacy and Language Arts instruction!  Carefully levelled to support junior guided reading, these graphic novels combine engaging topics and breathtaking illustrations to support a specific reading strategy.  Each graphic novel also includes questions and activities in Arts, Media, Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening.  Each book is thematically linked to a student book for the BOLDPRINT non-fiction series.

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Picture Books on DVD

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on August 5, 2009

The Terry James Video Library has popular children’s picture books on dvd.  Some examples are:

boylibrarians20The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians

Melvin discovers that the public library is the place where he can find just about anything–including three librarians who help in his quest for knowledge.

3_snow_bears_17The Three Snow Bears

Retells the story of Goldilocks, set in an Inuit village and featuring a family of polar bears.

white owlWhite Owl, Barn Owl

A young girl and her grandfather build a nest box for barn owls and wait night after night for an owl to appear. At last they see the distinctive heart-shaped face of the white barn owl in the box window. The two continue to observe the owl and its mate as they hunt to feed the baby owls in their nest.

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Senior Novel Sets

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on November 6, 2008

The Terry James Video Library has four new titles, available in novel sets, for senior students.  Titles are:

red-tent1The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

In a story based on the Book of Genesis, Jacob’s only daughter, Dinah shares her unique perspectives on the origins of many of our modern religious practices and sexual politics, eager to impart the lessons in endurance and humanity she has learned from her father’s wives.

splendid-sunsA Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Houseini

Chronicles the lives of two Afghan women who struggle to survive, raise a family, and find happiness in war-torn Afghanistan.

book-thief1The Book Thief  by markus Zusak

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

long-wayA Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishamel Beah

Ishmael Beah’s firsthand account of war and his plight as a child soldier in Sierra Leone’s civil war.

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Literacy Collection

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on August 27, 2008

The literacy collection kits are tubs containing a variety of books on different topics.  Topics include high interest fiction and non-fiction, history, science, math, theatre, art, inventions, sports, graphic novels, media literacy, and more.

Literacy collection kits are booked through our Video Library.  Please see our website for media booking instructions.

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Novel Sets

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on August 21, 2008

Flat Stanley, by Jeff Brown.

After a bulletin board falls on Stanley while he’s sleeping, he finds that being flat has its advantages.  Reading level: Primary.


Castle Diary: the Journal of Tobias Burgess, by Richard Platt.

As a page in his uncle’s castle in thirteenth-century England, eleven-year-old Tobias records in his journal his experiences learning how to hunt, play games of skill, and behave in noble society. Includes notes on noblemen, castles, and feudalism.  Reading level: Junior.



We All Fall Down, by Eric Walters.

Today is September 10, 2001.  As an assignment, all the students in Will’s class will be going to their parents’ workplaces tomorrow.  Reading level: Intermediate.



The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.

Traces the unlikely friendship of a wealthy Afghan youth and a servant’s son, in a tale that spans the final days of Afghanistan’s monarchy through the atrocities of the present day.  Reading level: Senior.



La Valise d’Hana, de Karen Levine

Un jour, à Tokyo, Fumiko Ishioka, la directrice du Centre de l’Holocauste, reçune valise du camp de concentration c’Auschqitz.  On peut u lire: Hana Brady, 16 mai 1931, et une not allemand Waisenkind signifiant orpheline.  Et que lui est-it arrivé?  Du Japon, Fumiko entreprend alors une enquête qui la conduit en Europe et au Canada.  Elle refuse d’abandonner ses recherches.  Reading level: Intermediate, Senior.


The Video Library has many novel sets available, in both French and English.  Please check our website for information on how to order.


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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on August 21, 2008

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.

This is just one of the many audiobook titles available.  Many of our titles match the novel sets available through the Video Library.

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