Sweet Valley Twins #2: Teacher’s Pet

The Moral of the Story: If you whine loud enough, your twin sister will make sure you get anything you want.

The Big Deal: Dance recital

Synopsis:

The twins’ ballet class is going to be performing Coppelia in a few weeks. Jessica is dying to play the lead, but Madame Andre seems to have eyes only for Elizabeth. Liz thinks the reason Jessica gets ignored is because she’s always dancing next to Amy Sutton. Jessica does this because she thinks Amy’s crappy dancing will make her look better by comparison, but Liz thinks Madame Andre is too busy criticizing Amy to notice how good Jessica is. Jessica could just go dance next to someone else, but the twins decide to make Amy a better dancer instead.

Naturally, Jessica bails on Amy’s first practice in the Wakefield basement, so Liz does her best to go it alone. Despite Liz’s best attempts to help out, Amy still sucks at ballet when her mother comes to pick her up. She does manage to do a plié correctly at the next class, and Jessica becomes filled with rage when Madame Andre compliments Elizabeth for helping Amy out. This somehow sparks a fight and now the twins aren’t speaking to one another.

On the day of the Coppelia audition, Liz and her mother go to the mall while Jessica stays home to put in some extra practice time. Madame Andre calls and says that for no good reason she’s changing the time of the audition from three to eleven. Jessica leaves a note for Liz and her mom, but she’s sure they won’t make it back in time and Madame Andre will have no choice but to give the lead to Jessica. She’s super pissed when Liz still manages to show up and audition.

Liz gets the part and Jessica’s life is totally ruined. She tells anyone who will listen how unfair Madame Andre is, but nobody cares. The stupid Coppelia doll disappears and Liz wonders if Jessica stole it, though how she would have stashed a life-sized doll under her tutu isn’t even pondered. Amy, who knows she sucks at ballet, offers to sit in a chair and take the doll’s place. Liz practices her solo every day while the rest of the class rehearses their part, and she finally sees that Jessica really is a much better dancer and Madame Andre was being unfair all along.

Liz pretends to hurt her ankle just before the recital, and she begs Jessica to go on and take her place. Jessica is only too happy to comply. Amy feels bad that Liz won’t get to dance at all, so she decides to dance in the corps and let Liz be Coppelia. Jessica dances beautifully, and when Madame Andre finds out it was Jessica and not Elizabeth, she chastises herself for being so blind. Amy confesses to stealing the doll and everyone goes back to the studio for a party.

Quotes:

“We need to leave for the Dance Studio in fifteen minutes.”

What an original name for a dance studio.

“I’m sure that nobody else has a chance against you,” Lila Fowler said confidently. “After all, you’re the only Unicorn in the class. Everybody knows that Unicorns are very pretty and very special.”

I’m not sure Madame Andre cares about that.

Jessica, about the Mercandy house: Don’t those windows upstairs look creepy? They look like devil’s eyes, and they’re staring straight at us.”

That goat has devil eyes.

Jessica and the number 37:

“Madame likes you three hundred thirty-seven times more than she likes me!”

The Cover: Look at the mug on Jessica! Liz is looking kind of smug, so I guess I’d be pissed, too.

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Comments
  • SarahLynn February 23, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I woke up this morning and have had a HORRIBLE day, so I logged on, hoping that you had another recap for my reading enjoyment, and you totally did!!!! You just made my day 🙂

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    Anonymous Reply:

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    p.s- i LOVE!!!! sweet valley

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  • MV February 23, 2011 at 10:51 am

    HAHAHAHA I laughed SO hard at the Brian Fellow picture! Thanks for another great recap, I somehow never read this Twins book and I always wondered what happened in it!

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  • Samantha February 28, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Why do the twins on the cover of the first book look SO much older??

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  • Darren March 4, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Huh? 337 times? I thought it was 137 times. That confuses me, and I don’t think I got the book anymore.

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  • Trousers September 27, 2011 at 5:32 am

    OMG. This is one of my favorite books, only for the sheer bitchiness that is Jessica about Lois Waler. My mom used to make me read that out loud to her whenever we need to fall on her face laughing. I can almost quote it verbatim (My books aren’t with me and it’s been a long time since I’ve read them)…”Ballet is supposed be graceful…meanwhile she’s running around like a rhinoceros.” OMG. Jessie never liked fat people. LOL.

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  • Anonymous December 7, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    what a beautiful book. :))

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  • mehdisufi April 15, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Can someone do me a favor and send the pdf files of the Sweet Valley Twins? My email is msoofloo@yahoo.com

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  • Steff September 10, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    This was the first book of SVT I read, really enjoyed it, I remember the description of Jessica´s outfit on their first ballet class.. waaay too much purple there girl!

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  • Alex Kennedy July 9, 2016 at 3:45 am

    The reason why Lis and Mrs W come home early is because “Mom forgot all her coupons!” Surely the author could have come up with a better excuse. Furthermore, what ballet school changes an audition at the VERY last minute? I rarely feel sympathy for Jessica. I do think that her twin was favoured by the teacher.

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  • Alex Kennedy February 8, 2017 at 8:21 am

    WRT Amy – she must be a pretty horrific dancer if she has to play the part of a doll!!! Even if she was just sitting there, she might manage to f*** up the part anyway. While that might be the case, I prefer Tomboy Amy to the boy-friend stealing, stab anyone in the back vile person she becomes in SVH…

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  • Alex Kennedy April 18, 2017 at 7:23 am

    ^^^She forgot her coupons. Sorry. My apologies.

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  • Alex Kennedy April 24, 2017 at 7:33 am

    I do not have the page reference but the family is having dinner and Liz states: “I:M watching my weight for the recital.” Good one, Liz.

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