Sweet Valley High is a novel series created by Francine Pascal, who presided over a team of ghostwriters for the entire duration of the series' creation. The series began in 1983 and ceased publication twenty years later with over 152 books to its name. Over the years, the books were written by many ghostwriters (including Emmy-award winning screenwriter Rodney Vaccaro), and revolved around the lives of teenagers Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, twins who live in Sweet Valley, California. The series quickly gained popularity and spawned several spin-off series. The books are generally classified as young-adult or kids' fiction. They mostly belonged to the genre of soap opera, romance novel or fantasy-adventure. The novel Sweet Valley Confidential, which follows the characters as adults, was released in 2011. Ned and Alice Wakefield are the parents of a son, Steven, and identical twin daughters, Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield.
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