A Brief History
Random House
Weekly Reader

  1.  Terror Castle
  2.  Stuttering Parrot
  3.  Whispering Mummy
  4.  Green Ghost
  5.  Vanishing Treasure
  6.  Skeleton Island
  7.  Fiery Eye
  8.  Silver Spider
  9.  Screaming Clock
10.  Moaning Cave
11.  Talking Skull
12.  Laughing Shadow
13.  Crooked Cat
14.  Coughing Dragon
15.  Flaming Footprints
16.  Nervous Lion
17.  Singing Serpent
18.  Shrinking House
19.  Phantom Lake
20.  Monster Mountain
21.  Haunted Mirror
22.  Dead Man's Riddle
23.  Invisible Dog
24.  Death Trap Mine
25.  Dancing Devil
26.  Headless Horse
27.  Magic Circle
28.  Deadly Double
29.  Sinister Scarecrow
30.  Shark Reef
31.  Scar-Faced Beggar
32.  Blazing Cliffs
33.  Purple Pirate
34.  Wandering Cave Man
35.  Kidnapped Whale
36.  Missing Mermaid
37.  Two-Toed Pigeon
38.  Smashing Glass
39.  Trail of Terror
40.  Rogues' Reunion
41.  Creep-Show Crooks
42.  Wreckers' Rock
43.  Cranky Collector

Book of Mystery Puzzles

Find Your Fate
  1.  Weeping Coffin
  2.  Dancing Dinosaur
  7.  House of Horrors
  8.  Savage Statue

  1.  Hot Wheels
  2.  Murder To Go
  3.  Rough Stuff
  4.  Funny Business
  5.  An Ear For Danger
  6.  Thriller Diller
  7.  Reel Trouble
  8.  Shoot the Works
  9.  Foul Play
10.  Long Shot
11.  Fatal Error


Label Removal


Library books (such as the GLB Edition) typically have several labels pasted on the covers and spine, as well as card pockets glued into the inner pages or endpapers. Unfortunately, inner card pockets can't typically be removed without damaging the paper, but, with great care, outer labels can be completely removed.

I have had wonderful success with a citrus-based adhesive dissolver called Goo Gone. Applied carefully, it can be used to dissolve the adhesive on the labels, without damaging the artwork below. It sometimes is a tedious process, but returns great results. The following steps are for Goo Gone's use on hardcover books with a fairly smooth cover finish (e.g. GLB and glossy hardcover books), NEVER on paperback or cloth-covered hardcover books:

1. First, make completely sure that the label edges have not lifted the cover's outer layer, exposing the white paper below. If this is the case, extra care must be taken to not lift the outer layer any further.
2. Squeeze several drops of Goo Gone on the top of the label, enough to completely cover its surface area, and along its edges. Allow this to saturate fully through and around the label material and into the adhesive below. Let sit for a few minutes.
3. Gently, using your fingernail or the edge of a plastic knife, lift a corner of the label and try to peel it back. It should lift and peel quite easily, but if not, apply more Goo Gone and try again.
4. If you're still unsuccessful, use a cotton swab generously saturated in Goo Gone to rub along any edge of the label that has lifted. Then, peel a little more and saturate again, peel some more and saturate, etc. Be very careful not to lift the cover's paper layer.
5. Once the label is completely off, use a clean rag and some more Goo Gone to wipe away the residual adhesive. Make sure you are actually removing the adhesive and not just spreading it around. This may take several wipes.
6. If there are other labels, remove them in the same manner. When all are finished, let the book air dry for 24 hours, standing on end with the covers opened. All of the Goo Gone solvents will completely evaporate.


Do not allow the Goo Gone to get into the binding adhesive; it will dissolve it. Try not to get any Goo Gone on the paper pages, but if you do let dry as described in step 6.

Using the above method, I actually removed an entire paste-on mylar cover from a GLB copy of The Secret of Shark Reef without damaging any of the the artwork below.

Based on my own tests*, and after speaking to their technical support, I have concluded that you should not use WD-40 or a similar product to remove exterior labels. WD-40 is an adhesive remover, but it is also a lubricant. This means that it leaves a petroleum based residue behind after the solvents evaporate. This residue will remain for a very long time and it does not have a neutral pH; meaning that long term damage could occur.

*I saturated two 3 inch diameter circles on a piece of 20 lb paper stock, one with Goo Gone and one with WD-40. After approximately 24 hours the Goo Gone solvents had completely evaporated without a trace but the WD-40 left an oily residue that is still present after two years!

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