Sweet Valley Twins #30: Princess Elizabeth

The Moral of the Story: Princes are people, too!

The Big Deal: Party at Ellen’s

Classmate with a Problem: Arthur Castle, prince

Synopsis:

The sixth grade is super excited because they’re about to get a visit from Arthur Castle, an exchange student from Santa Dora. The Sixers is going to put out a special issue. The Unicorns, not wanting to be outdone by a dumb newspaper, decide to throw an elaborate party with all kinds of Santa Doran food and decorations.

When Arthur makes his first appearance in homeroom, the Unicorns make a big spectacle of themselves with a welcome cheer and some Santa Doran pastries that taste like cardboard. Liz can tell Arthur doesn’t like the spotlight. In science class, Liz and Arthur bond over the differences between Fahrenheit and Celsius, and Arthur asks Liz to walk home with him after school. Along the way, Arthur tells Liz he’s feeling very frustrated because he wants to know about America and all anyone will talk to him about is Santa Dora. Liz and Amy decide to take him to the mall, since that’s super American. They also come up with the idea to put together a scrapbook of American stuff that he can take home with him. Jessica thinks that’s a stupid idea, but she contributes a picture of Johnny Buck.

Arthur has a great time at the mall. He buys a football and a baseball bat and all kinds of other American things (including a “stuffed Texas longhorn steer” and a history of the Texas Rangers, wtf I thought this was California) and then they all go back to Amy’s house for milk and cookies. He asks a million questions about America, but clams up when they ask him about his country. The next day, Liz and Arthur go to the beach and then get some milkshakes at Casey’s. Arthur goes to pay for the shakes and a Santa Doran bill falls out of his wallet. Liz picks it up and notices the face on the bill is Arthur’s.

Well, it looks like Arthur’s real name is Arthur Castillo and he’s the prince of Santa Dora. He begs Liz not to tell anyone because he just wants to be a normal kid for a minute. Liz promises to keep his secret. The next morning, Arthur runs up to Liz at school and doesn’t even let her speak before he once again begs her not to tell anyone he’s a prince. Then he runs off down the hallway. But oh no! That wasn’t Elizabeth, it was Jessica! This is the greatest news ever and she can’t wait to share it with the Unicorns.

The Unicorns go crazy. They all teach themselves how to curtsy and Jessica gets a book out of the library about how to act around royalty. So the next day at school, they all call Arthur “Your Royal Highness” and fawn all over him. Arthur calls Liz that night to tell her how upset he is and he doesn’t believe her when she says she didn’t tell anyone. Now everyone is treating Arthur differently. Even Amy thinks the scrapbook is a stupid idea now. Liz feels awful about everything and she continues to work on the scrapbook. She decides to stay home from the Unicorns’ party. She and Arthur were supposed to go together, but he’s going with Jessica now.

Arthur is acting all mopey at the party and Jessica finally asks him what his deal is. He tells her he just wanted to be a regular kid and it’s all Elizabeth’s fault that he had to go to museums and stuff all week instead of doing fun kid stuff. Jessica finally tells him that she was the one who blabbed. Arthur, ecstatic that Liz was really his friend all along, leaves the party to go talk to Elizabeth.

All is forgiven. Arthur isn’t mad at Liz and Liz convinces him not to be mad at Jessica either. Jessica still feels bad so she spreads the word at school the next morning that Arthur just wants to be treated like everyone else. Apparently, everyone else always gets hit with spitballs and paper airplanes and gets knocked over by Charlie Cashman. I’d be pissed, but Arthur enjoys his last day in Sweet Valley immensely. He loves his scrapbook and he invites both twins to a party at the Santa Doran consulate in Los Angeles where they have a wonderful time. And everything is fine until he comes back to town and proposes to Dana.

Setup for the next book: There’s a new girl named Sandra Ferris and she’s ugly.

Quotes:

So for the next half hour, under Jessica’s direction, the Unicorns practiced curtsying to one another and murmuring, “Yes, Your Royal Highness,” and “No, Your Royal Highness,” and “So kind of you to say so, Your Royal Highness.”

Picture a roomful of the most popular girls from your middle school spending thirty minutes teaching each other how to curtsy. Kind of hilarious.

The Cover: I hate this cover. Arthur looks like a lizard. What are all those medals for, Arthur? And Liz looks like she’s on her way to her wedding except she forgot to do something with her hair.

Tags: ,

Comments
  • Whallie June 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    HAHAHAHA Your lizard comment is awesome, he totally does look like one.

    Why the heck is the cover called “Princess Elizabeth”? Furthermore, this is by far the worst Elizabeth has looked on the cover. It looks like she just woke up and threw on a really hideous dress, which looks like a bad Halloween bride costume.

    I was always hoping that Dana would have married him since the Droids went nowhere.

    [Reply]

  • Annie June 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I feel like Elizabeth’s head has been cut and pasted from a previous book cover.

    [Reply]

  • Jenn June 29, 2012 at 12:55 am

    I haven’t read this book since I was a kid, but isn’t Liz his pen pal? I recently read the one before this and I think it ended with her writing him a letter. Then again, I might have this confused with SVH LOL

    [Reply]

  • Kim July 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    The idea that a prince could walk around some dippy town like Sweet Valley without a buttload of secret service security buzzing around him is ludicrous.

    [Reply]

    Whallie Reply:

    Kim, don’t you know that Sweet Valley is the most safest and awesomest place to live. There’s no crime there, just a bunch murderers, rapists, and kidnappers, but don’t worry, they’re only after the most beautiful, size 6 twins on the planet. LOL

    [Reply]

  • Rachel July 3, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Man, the royalty always love Elizabeth!

    Prince Laurent proposed to her in the svh series. I always wished she’d accepted him, instead of going back to dumb old Todd–and as I recall, hadn’t he just dumped her so he could see other people?

    [Reply]

  • Annie V. July 4, 2012 at 3:12 am

    The whole picture on the currency deal is very “Coming to America”, yes?

    [Reply]

  • Suckie Stackhouse July 10, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Sookie S. must have taken grinning lessons from Liz. Creeper…

    [Reply]

  • kylie April 4, 2013 at 12:58 am

    I love seeing some consistency between the series for once!

    [Reply]

  • Isabel E. December 20, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I pretty much started reading this series from books 30 and up… don’t know how I missed the earlier ones, but these are the books that bring back good memories. I think the first one I read was #31, with the Sandra Ferris girl.

    [Reply]

  • 137 Times April 1, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I always wondered what the hell was up with Liz’s outfit on this cover and why she was dressed as if she was getting married?

    [Reply]

  • Anonymous November 6, 2014 at 3:22 am

    liz is really beautiful.

    [Reply]

  • Alex Kennedy January 14, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    The boy on the front cover is very funny looking.

    [Reply]

  • Jessica is Evil March 23, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Yeah, so they let a prince come all the way to SV – no security, nothing at all. Perhaps Arthur should come back to SV and someone could kidnap him. Of course, Liz would come up with some Nancy Drew-like plot to rescue him. How’s that for a plot?

    [Reply]

  • Arthur Castle August 27, 2017 at 6:09 am

    Prince Arthur Castle is a prince who lives in a castle.

    [Reply]

  • Post a comment

    Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.