‘Sweet Valley High’ To Be Adapted As Graphic Novels By Random House Graphics
by Olly MacNamee
Francine Pascal’s bestselling series Sweet Valley High will be adapted in graphic novel format by Random House Graphic, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books (RHCB), with the first book, Sweet Valley Twins: Best Friends due this Fall.
“In SWEET VALLEY TWINS #1: BEST FRIENDS, Jessica and Elizabeth are ready to take on middle school . . . but are they ready to take on each other? Jessica and Elizabeth have always been inseparable, but starting middle school means a chance for new beginnings. Elizabeth is excited to organize a school newspaper, but Jessica is more interested in joining the exclusive Unicorn Club. Middle school is hard enough, but with these twins each dealing with becoming their own person, will they be able to stay friends?”
Written by Nicole Andelfinger and illustrated by artist Claudia Aguirre, Sweet Valley Twins: Best Friends will launch the graphic novel line and based on the novel of the same name and the first novel in the series, which was originally published in 1986. The graphic novels will be available simultaneously in hardcover and trade paperback formats.
Francine Pascal said:
“I have such great love for Sweet Valley and all the amazing adventures I’ve been able to take Jessica and Elizabeth on. And now graphic novels are our newest adventure,” said Sweet Valley Twins creator Francine Pascal. “It is so much fun seeing my characters practically alive! Nicole and Claudia have done an amazing job, and I’m very excited to work with them.”
Whitney Leopard added:
“The Sweet Valley series from Francine Pascal has resonated with readers across generations, and we are thrilled to bring the Wakefield twins to life in an all-new format with the SWEET VALLEY TWINS graphic novels. Francine and our adaptors, Nicole Andelfinger and Claudia Aguirre, are a dream team, visualizing these laugh-out-loud and heartfelt stories for the modern audience. These graphic novels are going to resonate with new and returning readers alike, and we can’t wait to see them out in the world.”
Writer Nicole Andelfinger also added:
“I remember absolutely devouring Sweet Valley Twins as a preteen and felt like I couldn’t get enough of the drama, the shenanigans, and of course the sisters ultimately having each other’s backs. Being able to take the twins into the modern age has been an absolute joy. I can’t wait for a new generation of preteens to fall in love with Jessica, Elizabeth, and their friends!”
Finally, Claudia Aguirre:
“Sweet Valley Twins is a series that has meant a lot to so many people. I loved bringing Jessica and Elizabeth to life in these graphic novels for new and old fans alike, and I hope everyone loves them as much as I do!”
Sweet Valley Twins: Best Friends is out November 1st from Random House Graphics