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Everyone at Sweet Valley Middle School is talking about Jessica Wakefield and Aaron Dallas. They're probably the cutest, most popular couple in the entire sixth grade, and Jessica loves all the attention she's been getting. But when she develops eye problems and has to start wearing glasses, she's sure they will ruin her life forever!
Janet Howell is driving Jessica Wakefield crazy! Janet is one of the most popular and important girls at Sweet Valley Middle School, but when she's mean, she's really mean. And ever since she and her sort-of boyfriend, Denny, got into a huge fight, Janet has been utterly impossible. So Jessica decides to get Janet and Denny back together. And if it takes a little fib to do it, well, all's fair in love, right? Not quite. Jessica's twin sister, Elizabeth, overhears her scheme and gives her a lecture on lying that hurts Jessica's feelings. So Jessica makes a wish that Elizabeth would have to tell nothing but the truth. But when her wish comes true, Jessica is anything but happy! Not only can't Elizabeth stop telling the truth, she can't seem to keep her mouth shut about Jessica! Can Jessica reverse the wish in time to save herself from Elizabeth's obnoxious honesty?
Growing pains ... Jessica Wakefield has always prided herself on being the more sophisticated twin, but suddenly it's her sister, Elizabeth, who's blossoming. Overnight, something wonderful has happened to turn Elizabeth into a young woman. And now Jessica's sure that if anyone -- especially her sister -- finds out that it hasn't happened to her, she'll die of humiliation. Then the twins get permission to travel to San Diego by themselves to visit their cousin Robin. It's the perfect opportunity for Jessica to prove just how grown-up she really is. But will acting older than her age get Jessica into more trouble than she can handle?
Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield, along with their brother Steven, suspect their mother of having an affair with a younger man, and they are determined to find out the truth.
Anna breaks out of her close circle of friends. Anna has needed this all along. To get away from everybody and try something completely different. Meet new people. After all, change is good, right? And the drama club is so cool.
Believing that she is ready for adult responsibilities in the wake of the Civil War, eleven-year-old Peg meets Violet Hennessey, a woman carrying crucial Union Army information, who asks Peg to assist in her dangerous quest.
Look out, Jr. High. Lacey's looking for love! Lacey doesn't care if her stupid high school boyfriend dumped her. She only liked him because he had a car, anyway. Besides, she's already scoped someone else out. All she has to do is get Jessica Wakefield out of the way and Damon Ross will be all hers. Take that, ex-boyfriend!
The twins' friend, Sarah Thomas, is having difficulties with her father's new girlfriend, Annie. Annie makes rude comments to Sarah and yells. She also leaves Sarah alone for a weekend while partying in Mexico. Sarah has much difficulty with her bad situation, but doesn't know if she should tell her father about Annie.
Lila Fowler insists on being the singer, since it's her video camera. But she has a bad voice, which she doesn't want anyone to know. Johanna has a great voice. Lila has a great idea: Johanna will sing from backstage, while Lila lip-synchs on camera.
The twins have their first real argument! When the PTA decides to buy new uniforms for the cheerleading squad instead of a new computer for the school newspaper, Elizabeth protests and circulates a petition. Jessica, a member of the squad, is angry.
Elizabeth's friend Ted is in trouble. He's been behind in his payments to Carson Stables for the care of his horse Thunder, and unless he can win the prize money in a regional jumping championship, he'll have to sell the horse. To make matters worse, an injury prevents Ted from competing ... can Lucy help him win the jumping contest?
A model family ... Jessica Wakefield is sick and tired of spoiled Lila Fowler's constant bragging. So when she reads about the Model Family contest being sponsored by Teenager Magazine, she's tempted to enter just to put Lila in her place. First prize is a fabulous, all-expenses-paid trip to Paris. To compete, all Jessica has to do is write an essay describing her perfect family. But the family Jessica ends up writing about is nothing like her real family. Still, it's just a joke until her twin, Elizabeth, mails in the essay by mistake. Now it's good-bye France and hello trouble--unless Jessica can convince the Wakefields to pretend to be something they're not!
Mandy Miller wants to join the Unicorns, but the Unicorns don't want Mandy Miller! She wears wild thrift-shop outfits, and the other members think she tries too hard to fit in. Jessica thinks she's funny and nice, and she likes her offbeat way of dressing. The Unicorns have asked Jessica to tell Mandy that she can't join, but Jessica just can't bring herself to break the bad news. How can Jessica be friends with the Unicorns and Mandy at the same time? Suddenly Mandy gets some frightening news that makes the Unicorns seem unimportant to both Mandy and Jessica -- and now Jessica is afraid of losing her newfound friend for good!
Mary Wallace, friend of Jessica and Elizabeth, is missing. The twins think she has been kidnapped.
Married, with children ... As part of a health-class project, all the students at Sweet Valley Middle School are paired up into simulated marriages. Their assignment is to manage a make-believe household and care for an egg that represents a baby.
Identical twins Elizabeth and Jessica play tricks on the new girl until Elizabeth discovers why she has been so mean to everyone.
Watch out, SVJH -- Brian Rainey isn't going to take it anymore! It's bad enough that Brian's parents treat him like he doesn't exist. But now Kristin is doing the same thing. He figures it's probably his fault because he never stands up for himself. But that's about to change!
Twin sisters Jessica and Elizabeth are at the Sweet Valley roller rink. Twelve-year-old Jessica starts flirting with Josh, who is sixteen and goes to high school. Is he too old for her?
What's up with Jessica? Elizabeth doesn't get it. Lately Jessica wants to hang out with her all the time, 24/7. She doesn't mind -- Jessica is her twin and her best friend. But when Jessica asks if Liz wants to wear the same outfits to school, it's too weird. Wearing the same clothes is so ... fifth grade.
Winning and losing... Jessica Wakefield has always been the center of everything at school. And Pamela Jacobson has always spent her time on the sidelines, especially in gym. When Jessica hurts her ankle, she starts to feel left out, too. Suddenly, the two girls have something in common. Jessica, who is chairman of the Mini Olympics, can hardly get to and from class, let alone run the committee meetings. And bossy Lila Fowler begins to take advantage of Jessica's injury to gain more power so she can run the Olympics her way! That's when Jessica comes up with a plan. With Pamela's help, it might just put both of them in the winner's circle!
When Ginny Lu comes to Sweet Valley, everyone except Elizabeth makes fun of her. Ginny Lu knows so much about taking care of horses and carving dolls, that she wins the fair. She also saves Snow White's life when she gives birth to a foal.
Scared and alone... Patty Gilbert has dreamed of being a ballerina since she was a little girl. Following her dream has meant making sacrifices, and one thing Patty has never had time for is friends. But when she beats out her biggest rival, Kerry Glenn, for the lead role in Swan Lake, Patty is sure it's all been worth it. Then Patty learns she has multiple sclerosis, which means she'll have to wear a back brace for several years. Patty feels as if all her dreams have been shattered and the worst part is she has nowhere to turn for support. Kerry has always acted friendly -- and she's the only person who really seems to understand how Patty feels about ballet. But can Patty trust Kerry with her secret?
Jessica skips a class to meet a soap opera star and is no longer allowed to play for the basketball playoffs. Her twin Elizabeth must now save the day, and the game.
Lila has always been filthy rich. So when she overhears her father say he's lost a fortune, she panics. Can she face the world without money? Without it, she doesn't feel special anymore. She goes to extremes to cut corners, and even passes up trips to the mall. Her friends begin to suspect that something is wrong when Lila starts walking to school. She finally realizes that there are more important things than money, but will the Unicorn Club agree?
The arrival of Arthur Castle, an exchange student from the country of Santa Dora, brings excitement to the Middle School and grief to the twins when he thinks that Elizabeth has betrayed his confidence.