Sweet Valley Twins #12: Keeping Secrets

The Moral of the Story: Secrets are bad.

The Big Deal: Party at Lila’s


Mr. Wakefield takes the twins out to dinner one night and teaches them a secret language called Ithig. Basically, you add ithig into each syllable of each word you say. The twins pick it up pretty quickly, and Caroline Pearce overhears them speaking it from the next table. She tries to butt her nose in, but Mr. Wakefield tells her it’s a family secret and she needs to mind her own bidness.

The next morning, the Unicorns demand to know everything about this secret language Caroline told them about. They’re pissed when Jessica says she promised her dad she wouldn’t say anything about it to anyone, and Amy is pissed at Liz for keeping secrets from her. United in their hatred of all things Wakefield, Caroline and Amy sit with the Unicorns at lunch and they all ignore the twins together. Later that day, Lila makes a point of talking loudly about a party her father is having that weekend and the famous tennis star who’s going to be there. Jessica is devastated that she and Liz aren’t invited.

As you can imagine, it doesn’t take long for Jessica to tell Lila how to speak Ithig. She wants to go to that party, yo. Liz is furious when she finds out Jessica blabbed, but she’s glad that at least the secret is out now and things can go back to normal. Lila teaches it to everyone at her party, and Amy calls Liz that night to be a bitch about Liz not teaching it to her. The next day at school, all the kids in Liz’s music class speak Ithig at their substitute teacher, Ms. McDonald, who looks like she wants to cry. Lila wants the whole class to speak Ithig to Ms. McDonald next week when the district supervisor is reviewing her, but Liz and Amy, who have just made up, think it’s a terrible idea.

Liz thinks about things and decides the only way to help Ms. McDonald is to teach her Ithig. She’s surprised when Ms. McDonald says she already knows it because she’s picked it up just by hearing the students speak it so much. When the district supervisor is there, Lila asks a question in Ithig and is shocked when Ms. McDonald answers her in kind. Then Ms. McDonald tells the supervisor that it’s a secret language and she can’t tell him what it’s all about. All the kids besides Lila are impressed with how cool Ms. McDonald is.

The Cover: Close that big mouth of yours, Caroline, you nosy bitch.


  • Whallie June 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Wow! How did you stay awake reading this one? Is sounds dreadful. Plus, I’ve never known Mr. Wakefield to be ballsy towards a nosy kid and basically tell them off. The story is stupid. It’s like when pig latin was huge in my school. Kids did it for an hour and got sick of it. Plus, what ever happened to the party at Lila’s???


  • HelenB June 23, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Haha, I love that the eye-catch on the front of the book says “Will Jessica and Elizabeth both break their promises?” because it”s a given that Jessica will.


  • Laura June 30, 2011 at 8:55 am

    I taught some of my friends Ithig. We spoke it for about 2 days. It certainly didn’t catch on like it did at SVMS.


  • Anonymous July 6, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    caroline has to be the most busted girl in sweey valley. so ugly.


  • Anners July 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    This was one of my faves I think because of the cover. And I thought ithig was cool. I really did.


  • Claire July 29, 2011 at 4:10 am

    Jesus. THAT was published? Wow Caroline really got bashed with the ugly stick. I thought everyone in Sweet Valley was beautiful


  • Jenna September 22, 2011 at 12:37 am

    “I thought everyone in Sweet Valley was beautiful” Not if you’re a nerd, a gossip, or Tricia Martin.


  • Anonymous December 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    well “ithig” is fantastic, my family has used it for years. And now my daughter has learned it, so nice to be able to teach a new language in 30 mins!!


  • Kanna-Chan September 9, 2012 at 12:15 am

    I swear, Caroline has got to be the most annoying character in the Sweet Valley universe. I dislike Jessica, Janet Howell, and Kimberly Haver, but I freaking HATE Caroline.


  • Sweet Valley Forever April 21, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Caroline Pierce is SUCH a troublemaker.


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