Romance family drama
New York City
May 13, 1938
Sweet Valley High Series
A book written specifically for teenage readers startled the publishing world in 1985. Francine Pascal's Perfect Summer appeared on The New York Times best-seller list—the first time a young adult novel had appeared on the list. The book was one from Pascal's Sweet Valley High series, which has become phenomenally successful.
Francine Rubin earned a bachelor of arts degree from New York University in 1958. She married John Robert Pascal, a newspaperman, in 1965. They had three daughters, Laurie, Susan, and Jamie. John Robert Pascal died in 1981. Francine Pascal enjoys traveling and reading. She has lectured widely.
Pascal's early writings were articles for magazines such as True Confessions and Modern Screen, then Ladies' Home Journal and Cosmopolitan. With her husband, she wrote scripts for the television soap opera The Young Marrieds in 1965. The two took the head writer's basic plots and fleshed them out with dialogue. They also created stage dramas. Pascal and her brother, theatrical writer Michael Stewart, wrote the words for the musical George M., which was produced on Broadway in 1968. Also with her husband, Pascal wrote a television special for ABC-TV in 1970, based on the musical. The Pascals' nonfiction book The Strange Case of Patty Hearst (1974) was based on the sensational California trial, which John Pascal covered.