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Best Friends (Sweet Valley Twins, No. 1) Paperback – July 1, 1986

4.6 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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Growing apart...

Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield feel special because they're identical twins. For twelve years they've dressed alike, shared a room, and done everything together. But when they start Sweet Valley Middle School, everything begins to change.

Elizabeth wants to work on the class newspaper, but Jessica doesn't. Jessica would rather join the Unicorns, a snobby all-girls club. Even though Elizabeth isn't interested in the same things as her twin, she tries to tag along. But is she losing her best friend? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Growing apart...

Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield feel special because they're identical twins. For twelve years they've dressed alike, shared a room, and done everything together. But when they start Sweet Valley Middle School, everything begins to change.

Elizabeth wants to work on the class newspaper, but Jessica doesn't. Jessica would rather join the Unicorns, a snobby all-girls club. Even though Elizabeth isn't interested in the same things as her twin, she tries to tag along. But is she losing her best friend? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (July 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553154214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553154214
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Jessica wants to join the Unicorns, a group of girls who consider themselves the most popular and snobbish girls in school. Anyways, Jessica has to play pranks on her sister. Meanwhile. . .
Elizabeth finds and joins the school newspaper, and makes some new friends. Will Jessica make the Unicorns, and still be with her twin, or will she be a social outcast forever? Will Jessica and Elizabeth's twin bond go to waste? Will Jessica and Elizabeth's friends get along? Well, read this book and find out the answers!
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I bought this book for my 11-year-old daughter, who is an avid reader, because I loved this series (and the Sweet Valley High series) when I was her age. I wanted her to get an introduction to the series and to expand her reading horizons, as she is really into Monster High, Dork Diaries, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. She was a bit hesitant when I purchased it but has since read it and loved it! Maybe not as much as I did, but she loves it nonetheless and is interested in other books in the series!!!
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It's a great book and I read them as a child. However the one I received was VERY worn even though I was told it was in "Like New" condition. Writing was in the book and the seam was fraying etc.
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A Kid's Review on April 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book was fantastic. It was about two identical twins who live in Sweet Valley. Their names are Elizabeth[who is a great smart student] and Jessica[who likes to be the best and to have fun].they have a brother Steven, and a mom, and dad. Elizabeth is afraid she is losing her twin [which is her best friend]. She tries to do everything with her twin, so they can spend more time together, but she finally realizes that she doesn't need to spend every minute with her twin, and that no matter what her twin will always be with her, and be her best friend.I just loved this book and after this book there are more series of these great books. You should really read this book and Suzanne's other great books.
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By A Customer on December 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the first book in the series, in which the reader learns all about Jessica and Elizabeth. In their first couple weeks of middle school, the twins learn of their separate interests. They grow up so much, becoming more individual and less dependent on one another. Jessica joins the "popular" crowd, the Unicorns, while Elizabeth learns to express her creativity by joining the school newspaper. But even though they develop new interests, they never lose their close friendship. This book is fun to read and shows two sisters growing up. Thumbs up!
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I read this when I was a kid and thought my daughter might like it. She's 9 and struggles to find books she likes. I ordered a variety of different books on Amazon to see if we could find her something she was interested in and this series was the winner! She is begging me to order book number two. I wish these were still in print!
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A Kid's Review on January 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
The book I read was Sweet Valley Twins written by Francine Pascal and illustrated by James Mathewuse. Sweet Valley Twins was an ok book. The book is about twins, Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield. The girls feel that they are best friends. Jessica wants to hang out with the popular girls and Elizabeth feels like she is left out, but she is kind of doing her own thing too. Elizabeth wants to do a school Newspaper, but Jessica doesn't. Elizabeth wants to dress like her sister, act like her sister, and always be with her twin sister. Jessica wants to be independent. My favorite character is Jessica because she acts like a troublemaker and she is independent. I think you should really read this book.
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By A Customer on April 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
I think this book is pretty good. It shows that best friends (in this case twin sisters) don't always have to do the same things all the time. When Elizabeth wants to join the school newspaper, it doesn't mean Jessica has to. When Jessica joins the Unicorns Club it doesn't mean Elizabeth has to if she hates it so much. Jessica shouldn't have lied to Elizabeth when she but the shaving cream in Louis Walkers ice cream. I think this was a pretty good book.
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