Sweet Valley High # 3: PLAYING WITH FIRE by Francine Pascal; 2 editions; First published in ; Subjects: In library. Start by marking “Playing with Fire (Sweet Valley High, #3)” as Want to Read: Fresh from her greatest social triumph, Jessica proceeds to sink her hooks into rich, handsome Bruce Patman, the most eligible, sought-after guy at SVH. Francine Pascal (May 13, —) is an. Can Jessica play Bruce Patman's game and win? Fresh from her greatest social triumph being crowned as Sweet Valley High's fall queen, Jessica proceeds to go after Bruce Patman, the richest, most handsome, most eligible and sough-after guy at school. Elizabeth notices a big change.
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Sweet Valley High #3: Playing with Fire by Francine Pascal Back Cover: Too hot to handle TL;DR: Jessica gets pussy whipped, Bruce is a. Read Online Sweet Valley #3: Playing with Fire (Sweet Valley High pdf. Download and Read Free Online Sweet Valley #3: Playing with Fire (Sweet Valley. Can Jessica play Bruce Patman's game and win?Looks like Jessica's gotten her way again. Fresh from her greatest social triumph being crowned as Sweet.
Has the writer ever seen the majority of rock stars?! With conflicting emotions, Elizabeth had watched the scene unfold. Her sister did deserve to win, but it hardly seemed worth hurting Winston to get the prize. Even Jessica, who did very little studying but still got good grades in most classes , found it -- [ Jessica gets good grades?!
You have got to be pulling the wool over my eyes. Are we talking B's or just a passing C? Winston studied Elizabeth affectionately. But Robin We really don't have much in common, though. I get nervous around people who eat all the time. Just because someone might not be the "perfect size-6" that the twins are, it doesn't mean they stuff their face every second of the day.
Like you're a prize, jerk. And to think I actually used to like you. On the way up the graveled path to the club's entrance, Todd paused to admire a motorcycle parked off to the side. I don't think I'll ever understand what you see in these machines. When I get my bike, you'll see how much fun they are. I didn't know SVH knew how.
She's heading for a disaster. I can feel it, and if I don't find a way to show her what's really happening, I'm afraid I'll lose the real Jessica altogether! Bruce turned around, ready to give her a good-morning hug.
But he stopped when he saw what she was wearing. Jessica grew puzzled at the change in his expression. Bruce's scowl grew deeper. I just had it cleaned. These books provide an early profile of the female characters in these influential books. In total, 22 books were analyzed using literary and feminist criticism, examining characterization and character development, and exploring a new, interesting idea called faux maturity. Who are Jessica and Elizabeth? The most striking commonality among female characters in the Sweet Valley series is the presence of both the "spunky trickster" who devises a way to intervene to make things happen as well as the "innocent maiden" who often by sheer association or companionship brings good fortune and resolution.
Jessica is consistently portrayed as the spunky trickster. Jessica Wakefield is the "party twin" as written by a teen online. In the elementary series, both twins are described in the first chapter of each book as being blonde, having blue green eyes, a dimple in each of their left cheeks, and being "best friends. Jessica is the twin who as a youngster judges others on appearances and is ultimately more concerned about her and 4 5 her friends' exterior trappings. She is co-captain of the cheerleading squad by the time she reaches middle school and who has many boyfriends.
On the other hand, Elizabeth Wakefield is portrayed as the studious twin who genuinely cares about school.
She is popular, but unlike Jessica, she finds her way around school as the newspaper editor by the time she is in junior high and high school. Elizabeth dresses conservatively and plans for the future. Throughout the elementary series, Elizabeth is the constant nagging, boring voice of reason and of good conscience.
Consistent with the archetype of "innocent maiden," Elizabeth seems to bring about good things just by being around her which can be very annoying to the scheming Jessica. Contrary to strict archetypal criticism, Elizabeth's character does not always hold to the innocent maiden archetype.
Elizabeth often reprimands, complains, corrects, and then often succumbs to misbehavior because she doesn't want to feel left out. In an interview with the creator at http:www.
She responds: "I always had a fascination with twins. The trick is to think of Elizabeth and Jessica as the good and bad sides of one person. The Sweet Valley High series were published between and continuing through to with subseries publication dates of for the Fearless series or of for the Super Thrillers series.
Next, the Sweet Valley Twins series aimed at year olds began being published in There are 27 books in the newest series written by Jamie Suzanne, Sweet Valley Junior High, aimed at late elementary and middle school girls. The publishing dates start in and run through the current year. Interestingly, Sweet Valley University series began in ; however, most of the publishing dates range from Practically concurrently, the Sweet Valley Kids series began publication in and run through They are written by author Molly Mia Stewart, aimed at year olds, created by Francine Pascal, and appear to follow the same formulaic story lines of romance novels aimed for older readers.
The marketing of these series from truly beginning readers through adulthood is unique and remarkable, to say the least. The Sweet Valley Kids series, focused upon in this paper, holds the rudimentary outline of the same characters, particularly Jessica and Elizabeth, that we find in the university and beyond series.
While the characters increase in age, one notable characteristic is the inertia with which they remain the same. The following chart summarizes the dichotomy that grows throughout the elementary series, and subsequently remains constant in the series aimed toward older readers. In Freudian terms, one might consider Jessica as the representation of id and Elizabeth as the representation of the superego; however, no balanced portrayal of the ego is evident within the Sweet Valley kids series.
Francine Pascal's comments about how she created these characters comes to mind in reviewing these stark differences between the main characters of Elizabeth and Jessica. Elizabeth is portrayed as the innocent maiden, while Jessica is portrayed as the trickster. Feminist theorists would no doubt agree that these archetypes of trickster and of innocent maiden denigrate women's status Enciso, By perpetuating the false and artificial stereotypes of bad girls and innocent angels, rather than the reality of strong females solving problems neither without conniving and scheming nor without being put on a pedestal.
No doubt, positive role models for girls solve problems separate from those traditional male patterns of heroism, through their own intellect or creative spirit or through cooperative efforts. Within the comfortable relationship of family, sisters, or twins, both of these females provide role models for young girls in dubious fashion. That is, if one thinks in terms of being a positive role model as navigating the trivialized problems of second grade while maintaining popularity, alienating those who are different by teasing, while maintaining at least one best friend.
Both Jessica and Elizabeth, because they are extreme stereotypes of each other provide warped perceptions of the power that girls can possess to readers as young as second grade Ricker-Wilson, And, thanks to the prolific writing team headed by Francine Pascal and the successful marketing strategies of their publisher, young girls can begin with the pabulum of Sweet Valley Kids, graduate to Sweet Valley Jr.
High to perpetuate the same stereotypes of how to trivialize prepubescent problems in artificial ways. Often, in adult and children's novels, main characters are shown solving problems in ways that allow them to grow and learn and make positive strides. Generally only in novels written for adults, are main characters shown descending to their own faults or showing no personal growth at all. The vast majority of books reviewed hold Elizabeth and Jessica as the protagonists.
Children's books are often faulted for being overly didactic, but that would not be the case with Sweet Valley Kids. Out of the 22 Sweet Valley Kids books read and analyzed, only one showed the protagonist as growing at all: 34 The Best Thanksgiving Ever. In this book, Jessica is adamant about not wanting to help serve Thanksgiving dinner at the homeless shelter. Only after realizing that one of her friends has been living temporarily at the shelter, does Jessica understand the importance of helping others and being thankful for what she has.
Otherwise, the books trivialize real problems like divorce or bedwetting or even issues of popularity by focusing on stereotypic characters with flat qualities. Whether the characters are the protagonists or supporting characters, they never grow personally. By adhering to the stereotypes of canned characters: the nerdy boy, the cry baby girl, the crabby teacher, or the tattletale, young female readers never get the full benefit of reading which is to vicariously experience real ways of solving problems.
In 63 Lila's Christmas Angel, Lila's parents are seeking a divorce which is certainly a realistic life problem that children face. Rather than facing this problem in a straightforward and compassionate tone, the author and creator chose to have an angel come to Lila to rescue her from her problem of telling her friends about the impending divorce. No lessons, no themes, no morals to be had from this tale, only a supernatural being who steps in to give Lila comfort.
As one examines the almost exclusively female protagonists of the Sweet Valley Kids series, one notices that these characters are stagnant and do not grow emotionally. These are protagonists in the elementary series that were created at about the same time frame as the protagonists they will become as teenagers or young adults, and therefore the writers have chosen for them to remain static in order to remain true to their dichotomous characteristics.
By avoiding the complexity of growth, beginning readers take in a steady diet of reading, which is void of even didactic lessons. Both researchers noted the surprising lack of themes, such as goodness or honesty winning out, inherent in quality books.
In most of the books, Jessica's bad girl activities do not result in punishment, in natural consequences, or in a lesson learned; nor do Elizabeth's good intentions if not good actions.
Therefore, children reading these books do not experience the lessons or consequences of real life, even though the books are categorized as realistic fiction. Were Jessica and Elizabeth's characters assigned internal or external locus of control?
As we analyzed these books, determining the protagonist was very difficult.
By definition, the protagonist or the main character is the one character in the book that changes the most, and in children's novels, it is the one character that grows the most. This definition failed, however, in most instances, because neither Jessica nor Elizabeth 7 8 show much character growth.
A second definition for determining the protagonist is through whose eyes is the story told; therefore, when a book was written in first person that defines the protagonist. In previous studies, dual protagonists had been delimited, but in this case, the researcher allowed Jessica and Elizabeth as dual protagonists without being omitted. Out of the 22 books coded, the books were evenly distributed across internal and external with 11 coded as each.
Appendix A contains a table showing the breakdown of the coding. Looking at the larger framework of internal and external, the two readers coded with a When looking at each individual cell, the interrater reliability was not as high; I think because dual protagonists acting in cooperation to solve could have been coded as using compromise or cooperation between themselves, but I did not anticipate that to make adjustments for the second reader.
The reliability across all eight categories was. Appendix A shows, within the internal cells, that the female protagonists are portrayed as clever, if not conniving, in four of the books. Only one book was coded as the adjustment factor, which was a heavily coded cell in Newbery realistic fiction, but part of that may be reflected by the portrayal of our protagonists as stagnant characters who never grow or change.
Surprisingly, there were two books coded as having a physical solution to the conflict, one is a karate book where the girl bops the boys and gains respect and the second one is a scene where the twins throw water on another girl to expose her as a witch.
The last cell in the internal held four books coded as using compromise or cooperation; which is not too surprising given the female camaraderie one might expect.
The collapsed cells of the external locus of control categories revealed three same sex intervention with girl friends helping girl friends without being requested to do so. Males intervened in two additional books to resolve the conflict, but they were not peers, but a dad and an older brother authority figures.
The most loaded category was the one where conflict is resolved through some supernatural or natural occurrence with six books coded. Upon reflection, one can see that many of these endings are very contrived. For example, a hurt dog appears to prove a veterinarian's true identity, an angel intervenes to help Lila through her parents divorce, a power shortage and the realization "that it was all a dream" explains mummies chasing second graders through a museum.
All in all, the internal and external examination is somewhat interesting, but it does not really tell the whole story of why educators and parents might use caution in recommending these books.
Young readers may find themselves introduced to books they develop an appetite for. Series books in general are encouraged at this age level to boost students' fluency because they are meant to be read extensively, and devoured like innocuous snack items.
Faux-maturity factors in Sweet Valley Kids As we read and coded these books aimed toward first and second grade beginning readers, we were struck by the oddity of what I termed faux-maturity sprinkled throughout each book. Some books, however, were laden with this notion of being "grown-up" in spite of the lack of adult maturity.
This notion of simulating adult behavior in 8 9 a game-like, pretend way is not rooted in reality nor is it an accurate portrayal of children in terms of developmental stages. Todd Wilkins, a good guy who plays soccer with Elizabeth, Elizabeth, Jessica, and their older brother, Steven, all go skiing together. Even though Todd and Elizabeth were supposed to be best friends, the boys ignore the girls who like the bunny slopes and who are entering a snow sculpture contest.
Todd and Steven meet a new boy on the slope who is a fast expert skier who wins their hearts. The girls are sad and heartbroken: "If I hear one more word about Mark, I'll just scream p.
Wakefield asked that evening at dinner.
The parents do conveniently show up at the hospital the next day when Steven sprains his knee after disobeying and skiing on the intermediate slopes. In 51 Lois and the Sleepover, the main problem is that Lois's mother won't let her come spend the night with Jessica and Elizabeth. They already think Lois is a baby, and worse, a crybaby; however, in this book, they try to intervene to make things better.
Molly Mia Stewart intersperses these quotes throughout the book to remind our young readers of how tiresome parents are: "I'd like to go to the movie , but I can't.
Why not? The movie is rated G. She wants us to go together. She'd never let me go with you p. The epitome of faux-maturity hits the reader when a friend Amy says, " Let me get this straight. You watched a video with your mom last night, you're going out to dinner with her this evening, and you're going to the movies together this weekend" Jessica lies to her own mother to cover up for Lois's disappearance.
Rather than experiencing negative consequences of these lies, all ends well when Lois tells Jessica and Elizabeth's mom who calls the little girl's worried mother. This last quote punctuates the message that the book sends to our little girls reading this book: " Wow," Jessica said. She was impressed that Lois had been brave enough to do that sneak out of her house p. Even though the class stays in partners or buddies, the field trip is essentially not chaperoned. Incredible and fantastic things happen throughout this "hair raiser": lights go completely out, thunder breaks, Andy is missing and mummy may have gotten him, a stuffed woolly mammoth seems to come to life to chase them, oxygen is depleted and they cannot breath, alarms go off, all the cobras escape their cages and are after them, green goo leaks from the mummy, the King Ramses mummy advances to get Elizabeth.
This sense of faux-maturity is assumed by the author to be exhilarating to young second graders, likely because the denouement of the plot occurs when everyone realizes that a storm knocked out the lights as well as Elizabeth and it was all really a dream. Second graders stand alone in line to see Santa, while the parents shop. Alarms go off in the mall because there has been a jewelry theft.
Intuitively Jessica and Elizabeth are on the trail of the real criminals while their parents and the police are clueless. Lila finds one of the stolen diamonds, but Jessica says not to tell any grownups about this. But if we find the rest of the diamonds ourselves, then we'll be heroes p. In Andy and the Alien, another field trip for second graders occurs. This time the unaccompanied kids are off on their own exploring Secca Lake for the better part of the day.
In Jessica Plays Cupid, concepts of faux-maturity are also seen in the new babysitter hired by the Wakefields. Molly, the babysitter, is in seventh grade, but her boyfriend is a freshman in high school. He never listens to me. Men are terrible listeners! I know that these generalizations about boys and men, if not exact statements, are found in the junior high series as well as the high school series. Chapter 11 of this book is called "Smooches" and includes a dramatic kissing scene between Molly and Jack: Jack rushed up to us.
She stepped very, very close to him.
Jack and Molly kissed. On the lips. I covered my eyes. Molly laughed. Rather than seeking advice or help from adults, the twins decide to keep this finding a secret so as not to upset their parents. Liz finds Winston moping by the punch bowl, but he claims that it's fine because they're going to a party at Ken's house. Jessica then shows up, announces that she's going to the party with Bruce, and pawns Winston off on Robin. Even though Jessica is supposed to be a bad ass, she's pretty tame. She flips out when Bruce unties her bikini in the water, and she follows him around like a little lost puppy dog.
Liz constantly worries that Jess and Bruce are a bad combination. She tries to interrupt them, but Bruce makes it clear that she needs to vamoose right away. He also lets Jessica know that he's in control and if she doesn't like it, she can leave. Liz catches them making out, and it seems like she caught them in a fairly compromising position. Things are really hot between Jessica and Bruce for the first few days. They go everywhere together and do everything together.
When it comes time to play tennis, she starts to play her best and almost beats him, but he flips out about losing. She decides that she'd rather lose than risk losing him, so she throws the game. She even starts shopping at fancy country club shops to fit in with the people he hangs around.
Jess learns that she's in danger of failing her chemistry class, but when she tells Bruce, he doesn't really care. She decides just to copy off Emily's test because she's really good, but it doesn't go the way she planned. Emily is super distracted because some random guy saw The Droids play and offered to make them stars. Tony keeps making big plans for them, but he books them in these shady little clubs.
She's so busy with the band that she doesn't have time for school. Bruce tells Jessica that he knows where the teacher keeps the test, but he won't actually steal the test for her. Robin conveniently comes over, starts begging for a PBA nomination, and Jessica turns devious. She tells Robin that if she steals the test, she's look good in the eyes of the sorority.