Apr 09, T. Somehow there is something warm and fuzzy about the friendships that form at a boarding school and the school activities have a certain charm. Also the conflicts in the stories and the problems facing the characters, while it seems serious within the world of the characters, has an nonthreatening innocent feel to the adult reader faced with more serious problems of the real world. Clares series.. I was a bit sceptical about this author, as I was not a big fan of her extension to the Naughtiest Girl in School series. But finally decided to pick up one of her books.
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Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page. The sporty heroine with a talent for writing and a penchant for solving mysteries, the group of friends, the kind, wise headmistress, even the rivalry between school houses.
The action begins almost immediately, with Rebecca encountering powerful prefect Elizabeth Exton and suffering the usual friendship difficulties before settling down with those who, with their sportiness and general jolliness, are clearly the right crowd. Elizabeth Exton is a splendid villain, although she suffers from a lack of characterisation which is probably a result of the shortness of the book. Second Term at Trebizon takes friendships as its theme.
Unfortunately, the new maths teacher, Mr Maxwell is young, good-looking and conceives a strange liking for unpopular Roberta Jones, spending all his time coaching her and leaving Rebecca to struggle. Rebecca herself, despite her youth, is the one who seems sensible and mature in this book.
The secondary plot revolves around Lucy, the youthful genius who arrives in the Third Form at the beginning of term and ends up contributing to the adventure in no small way. Mara has been a minor character up until this, the fifth book in the series, but More Trouble at Trebizon finally allows us to get to know her a little better.
The theme of sport is one that has been important all through the Trebizon series, but in The Tennis Term at Trebizon it finally comes to the fore again, with Rebecca working blindingly hard at her tennis and making it onto the school tennis team. The first and only holiday book in the series, Summer Camp at Trebizon starts oddly with an irrelevant adventure for Rebecca. As soon as she returns to school, however, the story starts properly, and the theme seems to be social issues.
The girls are helping out an organisation who give holidays to city children. With Into the Fourth at Trebizon we return to the theme of friendships. Mara has to move into a single room down the corridor to make space for Swedish Ingrid, and is angry and upset because she feels left out, while Rebecca is frustrated because Ingrid starts clinging to her. Once again returning to previous themes, The Hockey Term at Trebizon is all about sport. The Ghostly Term at Trebizon is even shorter than the previous books and departs from the sport theme, as Rebecca breaks her wrist at the beginning of term.
The theme of ghosts takes a secondary role and provides the traditional mystery for Rebecca and her friends to solve. Academic work also rears its head again, finally, in this, the eleventh book in the series. The academic theme is once more important in Fifth Year Friendships at Trebizon , when Rebecca finds that she is going to have to make a choice between being a professional tennis player and applying to enter a top university.
This plot, and the secondary one about a misguided pair of twins, makes for a slightly meatier plot than that of The Ghostly Term at Trebizon, with Rebecca working extremely hard and not always dealing well with the pressure. Perhaps more interestingly to devoted readers of the Trebizon books, Rebecca is eventually forced to make a choice between Robbie and Cliff and passes her GCSEs not, fortunately, with implausible brilliance, but well enough to make a satisfying end to the book and the series.
The shortness of the Trebizon books — most of them come in at around pages — means that there is very little opportunity for complex plotting, and most of the character development takes place over a number of books. Although there is a certain amount of character development across the series, the majority of the girls and staff remain shadowy, with only one or two distinguishing characteristics. The plots are simple and the language plain and unchallenging. Anne Digby also develops an irritating habit of constantly foreshadowing future events.
I especially recommend the first three or four in the series as nice, sensible books that are a little different and yet pleasingly familiar. Share this:.
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First Term at Trebizon
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