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'Sweet Valley High' to be released on e-reader Tuesday, see the covers now!

First the Baby-Sitters Club and now Sweet Valley High? We might just explode from a fit of teen lit nostalgia. Sweet Valley High is the latest ’80s YA series to receive an electronic makeover. The first twelve books will be available on eReaders, smartphones, and tablets Tuesday. Have identical twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield — the original “California gurls” — changed at all since they first hit the shelves of teens and tweens everywhere in 1983? Brainy Elizabeth and on-again-off again boyfriend Todd Wilkins are still having their ups and downs and the popular Jessica is still getting into hijincks with her frenemy Lila Fowler.

The colors on the covers may be brighter in pixel form, and the books live on to pack their addictive candy-like punch. Click through to see exclusive images of the book covers, featuring the Wakefield twins and their BFFs.  READ FULL STORY

Check out an excerpt of 'Sweet Valley' spin-off 'The Sweet Life' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Remember when Sweet Valley Confidential came out last year and it made you realize how much you’ve missed Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield, Sweet Valley High‘s  impossibly beautiful but oh-so-human twins? You were not alone — the book peaked at No. 14 on the New York Times‘ Hardcover Fiction list — and now Sweet Valley creator Francine Pascal will feed your brain’s nostalgia center yet again with more tales of Liz and Jessica’s grown-up travails. On July 15, St. Martin’s Press will launch The Sweet Life, a six-part series for e-readers that picks up three years after Confidential left off. And you won’t have to wait long for each new installment — the first two books debut July 15, with a new novella ($1.99 each) following every Sunday through August 12. (As someone who vividly remembers begging my mom to take me to the mall so I could scour the “young adult” section at B. Dalton for the latest SVH book, the one-week waiting period is a major plus.) Just in case your inner 13-year-old hasn’t passed out from excitement yet, there’s one more bit of Sweet Valley news to absorb: Starting October 1, St. Martin’s will re-release the first twelve Sweet Valley High books for e-readers (awesome original covers included).

Before you read the excerpt from chapter one of The Sweet Life, here’s a little background: Jessica is now married to Todd Wilkins (still can’t get over that!) and Lizzie is shacking up with reformed bad-boy Bruce Patman. Wait a minute, shacking up? Bruce didn’t put a ring on it? Francine Pascal, please explain yourself! “Well I think they just weren’t ready at the moment to get married, and maybe they never are going to get married,” Pascal tells EW.com. “It’s okay for Elizabeth, she’s been such a straight arrow — and I want her to be a little unexpected.” In totally expected news, Jessica and Todd’s marriage is on the rocks. “Todd has this problem about who his wife should be,” says Pascal. “He’s working off that high school Jessica and she’s not that person anymore.”  Click through to read the excerpt (you can read the entire first chapter on Sweet Valley Confidential’s Facebook page this Monday), and to read more of my interview with Pascal, who explains why she loves Bruce Patman, hates the Real Housewives, and what she thinks about the long-in-development SVH movie.

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Sweet news for 'Sweet Valley' fans: A new spin-off!

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Hey, Sweet Valley fans! How many of you loyalists out there are still trying to get over the fact that Jessica Wakefield became (SPOILER ALERT) Mrs. Todd Wilkins in Sweet Valley Confidential? That Elizabeth Wakefield hooked up with Bruce Patman? Well, I deliver to you an antidote to the Confidential withdrawal: The Sweet Life, a digital-only spin-off series from St. Martins.

The publisher has not yet responded to EW’s requests for comment, but it appears as though the series might focus on Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield in their 20s. UPDATE: St. Martins confirms that the series will pick up three years after Confidential. READ FULL STORY

'Sweet Valley High' creator Francine Pascal on the sequel, the movie, and (perhaps) another book

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Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later — the Wakefield-twins-grow-up sequel to the massively successful ’80s teen book series — is making 30-something women across the country squeal with nostalgia and, as a result, climbing the bestseller lists. (It debuted on the New York Times Hardcover Bestseller List at No. 14.) We sat down with creator/author Francine Pascal (she came up with the idea for the series and plotted out the stories for each of the 152 books, but she didn’t actually write a full Sweet Valley book until this one!) to talk about the surprisingly long shelf life of the impossibly perfect twins Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield. Coming soon: a movie version, another possible sequel, and — SVH scoop alert! —  lavaliers just like the Wakefield twins wear, complete with engraved Es and Js. (Available soon through the book’s site.)

What has the reaction from fans been like?
They are very excited about it. I think it’s kind-of the Facebook phenomenon in a sense: You want to find out what those people you went to high school with are up to. That’s exactly what this is, because you went to high school with these people. Though I hope it’s more interesting than most people you want to high school with, of course! READ FULL STORY

What does Stephenie Meyer's publicist do in her spare time? Write YA novels, of course

Prom-and-Prejudice_320.jpg Image Credit: Liz LigonElizabeth Eulberg has quite the day job. Her very intimidating title is Director of Global Publicity for Stephenie Meyer, which means she manages planet Earth’s insatiable demand for the Twilight mega-author. But on the weekends the 35-year-old Wisconsin native turns off the ringer to her vampire phone, holes up in her Hoboken, apartment, and writes 5,000 words a day. (She awards herself a cupcake on Sunday evenings for met word quotas.)

Eulberg, with the full support of her very influential boss, published her first YA novel The Lonely Hearts Club to sweet acclaim last year. Her new book, Prom & Prejudice, is a fun spin on Jane Austen’s masterpiece, told from the point of view of Lizzie Bennett, a junior scholarship student struggling to maintain her sense of dignity at a terribly snobby private school. We recently caught up with Eulberg, who somehow aims to publish a book a year while also handling all things Team Twilight. READ FULL STORY

YA blogs: Where nostalgia and snark collide

baby-sitters-sweet-valleyThere’s something comforting about re-reading and reminiscing about books from your childhood, and that’s precisely what dozens of adult bloggers are currently doing. But they aren’t just fondly recalling Claudia Kishi’s wacky wardrobe or the schemes of Jessica Wakefield – they’re calling the characters (and authors) out for all of their inconsistencies and unrealistic depictions of teen life in a very loving form of snark.

Nikki Boisture started her blog, Are You There Youth? It’s Me, Nikki, in August 2008, after she was sent a link to a blog about the Baby-Sitters Club series and “was smitten with that immediately.” After discovering another blog on Sweet Valley High, she decided it was time to put together her own.

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St. Martins to publish first adult 'Sweet Valley High' novel

Great news for grown-up fans of  Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield: Today, St. Martin’s Press officially confirmed that they will publish Sweet Valley Confidential, the first hardcover adult Sweet Valley High novel. The novel — which “follows the cast of characters into adulthood,” according to St. Martin’s press release — will be written by the writer who created the franchise in the early 1980s, Francine Pascal.

“I’ve had thousands of queries from fans over the years wondering what Jessica and Elizabeth would be like as adults,” Pascal says in the release. “Well, Sweet Valley Confidential should give them all the answers. And I can guarantee they will be very surprised. Actually, more like shocked.”

Let’s turn this over to you, Shelf Lifers: What do you expect to see in the novel? What would shock you?

Sweet Valley High Sequel: What I'd Love to See

Brush off your Droids cassette and put on your lavalieres – the Wakefield twins are back. And I don’t mean in Diablo Cody’s movie adaptation of the series.

No, according to  St. Martin’s, Sweet Valley High‘s Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield – the identical twins with blonde hair, eyes the color of the Pacific Ocean and “perfect size six” figures – will return to bookstores, possibly as soon as early next year, in Sweet Valley Confidential, a book chronicling their lives as twenty-somethings.

Rumors have swirled for years that SVH creator Francine Pascal was working on a book focusing on the twins and their friends several years out of high school. Late last month, the SVH world went into a frenzy when an editorial assistant at St. Martin’s confirmed the existence of the novel, giving  Shannon’s Sweet Valley Blog a tentative publishing date of February 2011. While there is no word yet on what characters will appear in the book, there is a plethora to choose from. I think it’s safe to say that Lila Fowler, Jessica’s rich frenemy and my personal favorite, will make an appearance, as will Porsche-driving Bruce Patman and Elizabeth’s moody on-again off-again boyfriend Todd Wilkins. Continuity has never been one of Sweet Valley’s strong points, so I won’t really mind if the book pretends Sweet Valley Senior Year and Sweet Valley University never happened, focuses on just SVH characters, and retains the same fabulous campy quality as the original series.

So, what plots/characters would you like to see in Sweet Valley Confidential? Are there any other YA series that need to reappear with the characters grown up?

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