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EXCLUSIVE! Clarissa Explains It All Is Returning As A Book Sequel! And Oh How The Characters Have Changed!

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Clarissa may have explained it all back then, but now there's so much more we could use her help on!

Well, Clarissa Explains It All fans are in luck because show creator Mitchell Kriegman is bringing her back — in book form!

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The sequel Things I Can't Explain: A Clarissa Book will pick up a few years after the show left off and reintroduce readers to an adult Clarissa.

Ch-ch-check out our EXCLUSIVE interview with Mitchell, in which the author dishes about where life has taken his characters — and a very BIG change for one particular loved one (below)!

PH: How far after the show's end does Things I Can't Explain begin?

MK: Clarissa is in her late twenties, Ferguson has "grown up" so the book takes place many years later. Now she's more than just that snappy, lighthearted girl with an affinity for leggings, scarves and Doc Martens. She's a woman, beautiful and smart as ever - just a little more soulful. And she's struggling with all the things you struggle with post-graduation.

PH: Will Ferguson and Sam be in it?

MK: Of course! Ferguson is… well, he's wild! He's been in a bit of trouble and he's physically changed but still Ferguson. By the end of the book, though, he may be something more than just plain old Ferguson - he may be headed for a life of international undercover intrigue - Bourne Identity-style - in a Ferguson sort of way.

Sam is central to the book - you finally get the answer to the question, "Can men and women be friends? I mean, can they really be just friends?" and also how Clarissa really felt about that "kiss of death" back when they were kids.

PH: Have you considered doing a sequel TV series like Girl Meets World? Or maybe a one-off special?

MK: Certainly. There is a lot of interest in reboots these days. But I think it would be interesting to see a 26-year-old Clarissa in action - the way she is in this book. It could be an amazing role for someone.

PH: Why didn't Clarissa's pet alligator Elvis last on the show? Was a reptile difficult to work with? Diva behavior?

MK: Oh, Elvis! Between his manager and his agent and his press agent and his lawyer and the croc wrangler, it was more than we could handle. The last time I heard from him, he was living large in the Everglades, planning a comeback and in a way I think he has. That said, everything about Elvis is explained in Things I Can't Explain and Elvis definitely has a new "incarnation."

What is that incarnation??

Well, PerezHilton.com can exclusively reveal the first pics of the NEW Elvis!

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Um, this is a cat. And it looks familiar…

Yep, Elvis is back as a black cat, an homage to Melissa Joan Hart's "pet" on her other hit show Sabrina The Teenage Witch!

How did he transform? You'll have to read the book to find out!

You can preorder Things I Can't Explain HERE — and for a special sneak peek, you can read the first chapter for free HERE!

[Image via Nickelodeon.]

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