Fans of the "precocious kids in an English boarding school" genre of children's literature (a genre so vividly captured by Enid Blython's "St.Clare's" and "Malory Towers" books) will no doubt be delighted with the Trebizon series. I loved the Trebizon books as a child and am amazed no one has reviewed them yet, given the astounding enthusiasm surrounding the "Harry Potter" books, which are basically a variation of this genre. In this first book, we are introduced to Rebecca Mason, the central character in the Trebizon series, whose literary talent, sporting ability and fondness for trivia quickly impress her classmates and rescue her from the "forgotten stranger" status so often visited upon newcomers to boarding school who enter in the second rather than the first year. Her new friends, athletic Tish and musically talented Sue, are just the sort of friends one dreams of having in school--kind, cheerful, supportive of Rebecca's literary talent, and a lot of fun to be around. In "First Term," a poem Rebecca writes is stolen by the high-and-mighty head girl and Editor-in-Chief of the Trebizon school magazine, Elizabeth Exton. Tish's efforts to expose Exton as a plagiarist leads to a final showdown with Exton, the school's most influential and powerful student. Can a bunch of earnest young second-formers take on the elite class of sixth-formers (to which Exton belongs) and win? A wonderful book with skilfully crafted, well-fleshed out characters and an engaging plot...and of course the stereotypical stern-but-wise principal to make sure everything works out nicely in the end.