Sweet Valley Twins #12: Keeping Secrets
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.