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Get Real (Sweet Valley Jr. High(TM)) Paperback – January 12, 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
Can there really be room on the shelves for yet another series starring the omnipresent twins who already appear in Sweet Valley Kids, Sweet Valley Twins, Sweet Valley High and Sweet Valley University? Offering readers more than just a special introductory price, this inaugural volume certainly makes a good case for the Sweet Valley Jr. High series. The plot's realistic situations and on-target dialogue make the updated Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield seem genuinely credible late-'90s teens (except for their physical perfection, which hasn't changed a smidge in 15 years). The first-person narrative switches back and forth between the sisters, with an occasional chapter offering the voice of Anna or Salvador, fellow eighth-graders Elizabeth meets after the town's redistricting lands the Wakefields, alone of all their friends, at the junior high rather than the middle school. Elizabeth, the sweet-natured twin, has a much smoother transition to the new school setting than flighty Jessica, who misses the popularity she enjoyed at their former school. Though the action here is minimal?Elizabeth inadvertently threatens the close rapport between her two new pals and Jessica senses that her best friend, Lila, has replaced her?the girls' likable voices and lifelike predicaments will win over a new generation of middle-grade readers. Ages 8-12. (Jan.) FYI: The publisher is cross-promoting the series with the band 'N SYNC through a sweepstakes detailed inside the book. The second episode, One 2 Many, is due in February and comes with a free audiocassette.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Grade 6-8?A change in district zoning means good-bye Sweet Valley Middle School and hello Sweet Valley Junior High for eighth-grade twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield. Jessica, one of the coolest girls at SVMS, is now relegated to the rank of the uncool at SVJH! Worrywart Elizabeth finds that her fears about not fitting in at SVJH are completely mistaken! Episodes involving love, envy, fear, embarrassment, shopping, and pizza propel the protagonists through their scary first few weeks at their new school. Capitalizing on the popular teen-soap genre, this book has humorous moments, fast switches in narrative voices, and fun characters. Pascal leads readers through angst-infused junior-high life. The book has that quick-read quality sought after by many busy preteens. Fans of the "Sweet Valley" series will be pleased that the author has kept that series' spirit, yet rung in some new changes.?Lisa Denton, J. S. Russell JHS, Lawrenceville, VA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top customer reviews
Rating: For an SV book, this one gets a high rating. I'm going with a 4/5.
A more "now" version of the Sweet Valley Twins series, Sweet Valley Junior High is a series that I'm sure most girls would enjoy. Although this book contained some subjects for slightly older girls, I really enjoyed it, and have begun reading more books in the series.
Jessica is the hip, fashion loving twin who knows all about clothes and who the cutest boys are. Elizabeth is the straight A student with a good attitude. The girls were two of few kids who were transfered from Sweet Valley Middle School to Sweet Valley Junior High, and are finding things are a lot different than they expected. Jessica, who was thinking she would make cool friends, and meet cute boys, finds herself sharing a locker with a nerd. Elizabeth, who couldn't be any more unhappy about the change of schools, finds herself sharing a locker with a cute boy, and meeting new people. Will Jessica work things out at school? Will Elizabeth keep up her friendships with her new friends? Find out by reading this book!