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Saturday, June 19, 2010

rgz NYC HOST: Confidentially, Sweet (Valley)

Hey, girlz! Liz here, ushering in your NYC Host, Micol. She's got fun news! Here she is:

One of the very best things about being a readergirlz host is that it gives me a whole new excuse to attend local book events (as if I even needed one!). Today, I relived some of my best YA memories (of both BEING a young adult, and READING young adult alike)!

It’s not an overstatement to say that my love of the Sweet Valley series is in large part responsible for my decision to forge a career in young adult publishing. Imagine my thrill, then, to be invited to join a small circle of diehard Sweet Valley fan bloggers to meet with the bigwigs at St. Martin’s Press to talk about the release of the upcoming sequel: Sweet Valley Confidential!

For anyone who’s ever had a love-hate relationship with the Wakefield twins (and with series for readers of all ages in print, who hasn’t?), this splashy, soapy follow-up (Elizabeth and Jessica are 27!) lets us catch up with the whole crew.

Over lunch (including yummy tiny cupcakes!), we readers talked about what exactly we loved about the series, and how we thought we might be able to build buzz for the book before its release next March. We filled pages and pages of notebooks with ideas, many of which will be rolled out very very soon. You’ll have the chance to read early chapters from Sweet Valley Confidential, to win swag like that pictured above (a teaser chapter from the book, a “Team Jessica” tee shirt, and a sparkly Wakefield compact mirror!), and much, much more!

I’ll be blogging about the first chapter of SV Confidential soon, but in the meantime, whether you’re new to the series or a long-standing groupie, now’s the time to get reading! It’s pretty sweet stuff!


Melissa Walker said...

I love this! I want a Team Elizabeth shirt!

Micol Ostow said...

I think we can make that happen, Melissa!

Elie said...

This sounds like fun, great goodies too!

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fantasylover12001 said...

Wow. First The Baby-Sitters Club gets a relaunch and now Sweet Valley High is even getting new books...I feel really old all of a sudden. But I'm not complaining at all. I loved these books as a kid and so am happy that they are being shared with a younger generation. I'm probably the only one who wants a Team Steven Wakefield shirt though...sorry, I just loved him and felt for him having to put up with the twin's drama all the time. But if I have to choose, Team Elizabeth all the way.

Little Willow said...

Thanks for the recap, Micol!

Micol Ostow said...

Fantasy Lover - so funny, we've had a bunch of write in candidates but this I think is the first mention of Stephen! Go you for being an original! :)

Jessica Leader said...

Also enjoying the mention of Team Steven. It's true--he really had to deal with it all. Or what about Team Alice--the youthful Mom? (Oh gosh, I am so embarrased that I remember her name as well as her epithet. At least the dad's name escapes me...)

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