Sweet Valley Twins#56: The Wakefields Strike it Rich

SVT056The Moral of the Story: Elizabeth Wakefield is the only kid you can trust with a hundred dollars.

The Big Deal: Visit from Aunt Helen


Aunt Helen is coming for a visit, and the twins go to Casey’s Place after school because they’re afraid their parents will make them clean the house some more before Helen gets there. Steven is at Casey’s too, and he’s feeling all inadequate because he likes a girl named Jill who pays more attention to Joe Howell than she does to Steven. Across the ice cream parlor, Jessica can’t pay for her sundae and Lila makes a big deal about loaning her two dollars.

When the kids get home, Aunt Helen gives them each a hundred dollars for no reason at all. Also, her arm is in a cast and she’s very vague with the kids about what happened. The next day, the kids all end up at the mall. Liz buys the new Amanda Howard hardcover and a book for Amy, Jessica buys sundaes and hair ribbons and shit for all her friends, and Steven buys some earrings for Jill. They all end up spending around thirty dollars and I’m so stressed out because I know they’re going to run out of money soon. Steven gets up the nerve to ask Jill on a date for Friday. She accepts, but she still seems way more interested in Joe. She barely pays attention to Steven.

That night, Liz overhears her dad and Helen talking about lawyers and sharks bullying Helen. And the next morning, an overnight delivery courier brings a letter to Aunt Helen during breakfast. She refuses to open it while the kids are still there. That afternoon, Amanda Howard is signing autographs at the bookstore. Liz asks her how she comes up with her ideas and Amanda tells her there are mysteries going on around them all the time if you pay attention. So now Liz thinks the thing with Aunt Helen is a mystery she has to solve. Thanks a lot, Amanda Howard. Liz and Amy search through Helen’s purse for clues and find a picture of a mean looking guy in a suit. Amy is convinced Helen is a spy. I’m sure she is not.

Jessica keeps buying stuff for her friends because she’s trying to make a point to Lila about being generous. Lila tries to give her financial advice, telling her people won’t remember the things she bought them, but Jessica won’t listen. By Friday she’s down to fifteen dollars. Liz has seventy because she’s boring, and Steven spends everything he has left on a disastrous date with Jill. She wants to dance and he doesn’t know how, and he accidentally jabs her when he tries to pin a corsage on her. He ends up having to borrow money from her and take the bus home.

This is one of those books that really wants to drive home that there’s a difference between the twins.


Liz goes to Amy’s house Friday night. She’s supposed to spend the night there, but after watching a courtroom drama she’s convinced Aunt Helen witnessed a crime and that’s why she’s hiding out at the Wakefields’ house. She and Amy rush back home to make sure she’s okay. They run into the living room, yelling that they won’t let anything happen to her. Everyone is just sitting around watching a movie and looking at Liz like she’s crazy. It turns out Helen was only in a car accident and the insurance company is being a jerk about paying for the repairs. The man in the picture is Helen’s boyfriend. No word on why she’s been so secretive.

Liz uses the rest of her money to buy a camera she’s been saving up for. She also buys a new shirt for Jessica. All of Jessica’s friends pitch in to buy her a pair of earrings to thank her for being so generous. Steven goes to Jill’s house to pay her back the money he had to borrow. She takes it and practically slams the door in his face. She seems like kind of a bitch, but (setup for the next book) Steven is in love.


“You know, you should really learn how to manage your money,” Lila said. “You’re always running out of it.”

“That’s because I don’t have any,” Jessica complained.

Story of my life, Jess.

The Cover: Look at Liz being all sassy, fanning herself with a fistful of dollar bills. And hey, that’s a real expression on Steven’s face!



  • Lauri Goforth November 14, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    I find the mystery to be why they have aunts and uncles that don’t exist according the the Sagas.


  • Alex Kennedy November 15, 2016 at 5:19 am

    Jill was such a stuck up cow in this book. I am surprised that Steven even liked her. She should have offered to pay. You could see this scenario coming from a mile away.


  • Alex Kennedy November 15, 2016 at 7:53 am

    For someone who is supposed to be so smart, Liz acts pretty foolish when she thinks that Aunt Helen witnessed a crime. The only thing more bizarre was when Jessica convinced her that Mrs W was having an affair.


  • 137 Times January 5, 2017 at 2:01 am

    I’m still trying to figure out which side of the Wakefield tree Aunt Helen is from. I’m leaning towards Alice.


  • Amiee January 11, 2017 at 4:24 am

    Ew money is really so gross, I always feel the urge to sanitise my hands after I touch it, so no way I’d be fanning myself with it :/


  • Alex Kennedy February 2, 2017 at 2:06 am

    ^^^Hi Aimeee – but we are talking about Sweet Valley where everyone is clean, perky and immaculate. The only people who are badly portrayed in the series are por people, but they do not have any money so it is not gross!!! LOL


  • KannaChan March 18, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    You made a small mistake with the title. You called it Sweet Valley High #56 when it should be Sweet Valley Twins #56.


    Shannon Reply:

    Thanks Kanna! Fixed it.


  • Moving to Sweet Valley Tomorrow March 27, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Had this not been a Sweet Valley book, Aunt Helen would have been involved in a “cash for crash” scheme and used the proceeds of her crime to give her family money. We have you sussed, Aunt Helen. Furthermore, where do these aunts and uncles actually come from? They seem to suddenly appear out of nowhere.


  • This series is very odd August 22, 2017 at 3:03 am

    Surprises me that JW buys c*rap for her friends and they totally take advantage of her. The only person who turned ok in the end was Liz. JW just showed haw vain and self-centred her friends really are.


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