Sweet Valley Twins #11: Buried Treasure

The Moral of the Story: If you hold out long enough, someone will eventually tell you to go ahead and keep the two hundred dollars you found.

The Big Deal: Student council elections


While helping Ellen’s brother Mark bury his dead parakeet in the backyard, Ellen and Jessica find a mysterious box. How fortuitous that Mark would pick that exact spot to start digging. Ellen and Jessica contrive an excuse for Mark to get out of their hair, and they open the box while he’s gone. They find two hundred dollars in cash and some old love letters and photographs. Some rich girl was in love with the gardener’s son but apparently they didn’t end up together. Ellen and Jessica think it’s terribly romantic. They take their two hundred dollars and go to the mall.

Elizabeth is running for student council treasurer. Amy is her campaign manager and she makes some glittery posters. Liz thinks they’re a little flashy, but she goes with it. Way to live a little, Liz. Olivia’s posters are pretty and artistic, but Peter DeHaven’s are super boring because he’s a big nerd. He comes to school one day wearing brown socks with white sneakers and everyone makes fun of him. Poor Peter.

Ms. Wyler’s class has been selling candy to raise money for a trip to Disneyland. When the money goes missing, Liz starts to get suspicious about all the new stuff Ellen and Jessica have acquired lately. She goes searching in Jessica’s room for a sweatshirt Jessica borrowed, and she finds the receipt for a Walkman Jessica said she’d found on a bench at the mall. Liz starts having a panic attack about Jessica possibly being a thief. She interrogates Jessica and is convinced she must have stolen the Disneyland money.

Mark Riteman is starting to get suspicious about what Ellen and Jessica found in the box, and he goes snooping in Ellen’s room. He has to hide in the closet when Ellen and Jessica come in and start talking about the money. They find him and he demands his share of the money or he’s going to tell on them. Jessica takes the box of letters and photographs home with her, so when Mark tries to tattle, he doesn’t have any proof.

Amy is feeling down because she was in charge of the Disneyland money and everyone thinks she stole it. Trying to cheer her up, Liz tells her she thinks maybe it was Ellen and Jessica. Amy gets pissed and tells Caroline that Ellen and Jessica stole the money, so by the end of the day everyone is giving them dirty looks. Liz tells Amy she doesn’t appreciate her spreading rumors and Amy is a little bitch about the whole thing. Ken sees Liz is upset and tries to make her feel better, and of course Amy thinks this means Ken has the hots for Liz. She tells Liz she can’t be her campaign manager anymore, and instead goes to the Peter DeHaven camp.

Liz tells Jessica everyone thinks she and Ellen stole the money, and she’s pissed because nobody wants a class treasurer whose sister is a thief. It’s all about YOU, Liz. And the next morning, Peter comes to school looking like a normal person instead of a nerd. Amy has given him a fakeover, so now he wears jeans and t-shirts instead of brown slacks and button-down shirts. When it comes time for the campaign speeches, Peter sings a song and does a dance and the audience goes wild. Liz can’t find her speech because Jessica took her notebook to copy her math homework. She has to wing it and she does a crappy job. Afterward, Jessica confesses to taking her notebook, and Liz goes crazy, accusing Jessica of trying to ruin her life.

Mr. Bowman sends Liz and Amy to the supply closet to get some paper. They get locked in. Before they’re rescued, they manage to make up and also find the missing class money. Hooray! They hurry home to tell Jessica she’s off the hook for stealing the money, but Steve says she and Ellen are hiding out somewhere. In fact, they’re waiting on Ellen’s front porch, with the treasure chest, ready to confess everything. Mrs. Wakefield and Mrs. Riteman have both been called to the school because even the teachers have heard the rumor about the class money.

While they’re waiting, Ellen and Jessica see a woman walking up the street toward Ellen’s house. She looks exactly like the girl in the pictures they found, so naturally, they assume she’s a ghost who wants her two hundred dollars back. She’s not. Her name is Laura and she’s the granddaughter of the treasure chest girl. She wanted to see her grandparents’ old house while she was in town on business. Mrs. Riteman and Mrs. Wakefield pull up right then and the girls confess everything. And then Amy and Liz show up to tell them the class money has been found. Laura reads her grandparents’ letters and it helps her make a decision about her own love life, and she tells Ellen and Jessica they can keep the money they found. Liz wins the class treasurer election and everything is great.


Elizabeth closed her eyes. This was worse than any nightmare she had ever dreamed.

Liz must have pretty tame nightmares.

The Cover: That’s pretty much exactly how I always pictured Ellen. Minus the “OMG there’s a ghost coming up my driveway” expression on her face.



  • Jenna June 15, 2011 at 10:34 am

    That cover always freaked me out. Why? Because Jessica must have the shortest leg ever known to man. There is no way she could even stand on that stump.


  • Sarah June 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I love how everything is so well planned
    1. Mark burying bird in exact spot
    2. Laura showing up just then, just during the confession time
    3. Liz STILL winning whatever election


  • megan s. June 15, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I miss Ellen. Whatever happened to her anyway?


  • stella June 16, 2011 at 4:57 am

    i loved this book! gooo Ellen!


  • Anonymous June 16, 2011 at 11:30 am

    haha, the stump! i like their skinny jeans, though.


  • Anonymous June 16, 2011 at 11:33 am

    and can someone tell me why anyone would put a 6th grader in charge of 200 dollars?


  • Margarita June 16, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    As an artist type, I feel I should defend the “stump” leg. I recently read one time that people who are capable of drawing realistically draw what they see, whereas the brains of people who cannot tell them basic shapes that they should see. It is not a stump leg. Have someone sit on a step the way Jessica is, with their knee pointing in your general direction, foot on the step just below it, and then actually look at it and pay attention. The leg looks shorter than it really is. However, you know it is not as short as it appears, and you don’t really pay attention, and if you were to attempt to draw it, you probably would draw it longer, and THEN it would not look like a realistic drawing, and you would wonder why. As a child, I always had people criticizing things like me putting shadows of faces on the neck, and at the same time compliment me on how realistic my drawings were.


  • Mara June 22, 2011 at 3:54 am

    And I’m caught up. 🙂 Haha, glad nothing horrible happened. It’s nice to be back to small catastrophes instead of the never ending on and off again relationship that was lizcon.

    On a random note: my roommates are named Jess and Liz and are just as opposite as these two and are basically living SVU: SY.


  • Enid the Penid October 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    I know, I know…this is so way after the fact, but whatevs. But I’m re-reading, and figured I’d point out something that bothered me.

    Why would Jess and Ellen figure they had to give the $200 to someone? They found it. In Ellen’s yard. The people who sold the house have absolutely no claim over the money. Sure, give them the letters and photos since they have sentimental value, but they don’t even have to do that. Ned should have told them that as a lawyer. Wow, he must be a really shitty lawyer if he doesn’t know property/real estate law. Basic lawyer crap. Even his secretary should know that!!


  • Kanna-Chan September 9, 2012 at 12:20 am

    What I always found weird about this book, is that Elizabeth didn’t seem all that concerned about Jessica “finding” the Walkman. Taking something from a bench, especially if it was in a bag, would still be considered stealing, and yet Elizabeth didn’t see anything wrong with taking something you found.


  • Tricia Marmita October 8, 2013 at 7:24 am

    amazing! i love book…


  • Leslie February 19, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Why does Jessica look like Liz on the cover? They do that a lot don’t they? Have Jess look Liz or vice versa


  • Dane Youssef March 28, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Another example of the plot “I found a huge wad of cash. Now what? Let the madness unfold and let everyone’s true colors shine through… brighter than the sun.”

    I know as one Blogmaster put it on her blog: “EVERYTHING IS ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA.”

    I kinda wish just ONCE IN A WHILE they would try to make “our heroes” EARN a happy ending and not make everything so damn easy for them. But then again, that’s the damn thing about “SWEET VALLEY.” It’s no misnomer. But the constant cheerfully bland utopian pleasant sunniness gets kind of tiring. I’d like to see things wind up NOT SO SUNNY… and everything in the valley changes… forever.

    Someone hides money inside a box inside a hole inside the ground. For a field trip to Disneyland. At some point, you know the ghostwriters should just be ghosts themselves. They’re not making an effort at all.

    And… neither is Francine.

    –Sincere As Always, DANE YOUSSEF


  • Alex Kennedy August 18, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Ellen seems relatively intelligent in this one. The later books tend to “dumb her down.” In the book, The Christmas Without Elizabeth” this was blatantly obvious. This was also evidenced in The Unicorns Go Hawaiian. I do not know why her character fundamentally changed.


  • Dane is ever brilliant! January 7, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Dane, your sincerity and brilliance continue to astound me!


  • KannaChan March 30, 2017 at 9:11 pm


    Why would you miss Ellen? She’s one of the bitchier Unicorns! Even Jessica isn’t as mean-spirited as her!


  • Post a comment

    Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.