Tag Archives: Sweet Valley High

Sweet Valley High #82: Kidnapped By The Cult! By Francine Pascal

She was right! Everyone was loved and happy except for her! With a strangled sob, Jessica burst into tears… So far this year, we’ve looked at books dealing with clinical depression, terrible parents, eating disorders, alcoholism and a wide variety … Continue reading

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Sweet Valley High Super Edition: Special Christmas By Francine Pascal

It seems that nothing can spoil Jessica and Elizabeth’s holiday- until Mr. and Mrs. Wakefield announce the arrival of an unwelcome houseguest… Background: Sweet Valley High remains one of the most enduring series of its era, leading to numerous spin-off dealing with … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We will return the week of January 16, 2017!

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Rhapsody in Orange and Brown: 15 Favorite Classic YA Covers

A few weeks back there was a something of a kerfuffle over Penguin’s 50th Anniversary cover of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was a holder of the minority opinion that the new cover was kind of  great… at least … Continue reading

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My First Love & Other Disasters By Francine Pascal

It’s not easy to be fifteen and in love- especially if the boy you love is seventeen, gorgeous and doesn’t know you exist! Francine Pascal has made her fortune as the writer-behind-the-ghost for adolescent touchstones such as the Caitlin mega-miniseries … Continue reading

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Sweet Valley High Super Thriller: Murder In Paradise By Francine Pascal

Join Elizabeth and Jessica at the Paradise Spa for the chill of a lifetime! Could you use a respite after a solid month of teen angst titles? I sure could. I don’t plan on pushing into the 1990s often, but … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

New content returns on January 7th, 2014!

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Building Your Paperless Library: Digital YA Classics

I’m not shy about doing my reading for this space in public: that is what a commute is for. And so far, nobody has ever questioned me about why a grown woman is so intensely absorbed in, and furiously scribbling … Continue reading

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From the Creator of Sweet Valley High, Francine Pascal: Caitlin: The Love Trilogy: Loving, Love Lost and True Love By Joanna Campbell

Caitlin. Beautiful. Dazzling. Charming. Outrageous. Rich. Unforgettable. And very, very clever.    Sweet Valley High is often criticized for presenting unrealistic expectations of one’s teenaged years and promoting unhealthy images of romantic relationships to its young readership: everyone is rich … Continue reading

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Hangin’ Out With Cici By Francine Pascal

Background: We have to address the elephant in the room:  Sweet Valley Confidential, the long-rumored “ten years-later” sequel to Francine Pascal’s various Sweet Valley series which finally came to fruition last year. The big news at the time was that … Continue reading

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