A secret note was found inside a paperback sold at an Akron garage sale

I found a secret note in a children’s book a long time ago. I don’t think anyone was supposed to read it, but it made me smile.

The New Adventures of the Mad Scientists Club is a 1968 sequel to The Mad Scientists Club, a 1965 book by American author Bertrand Brinley (1917-1994).

Mark C. price:What on earth is this thing?

The original book, which tells weird stories about geeky friends in a small town, was one of my favorite books as a kid, and I’ve read it dozens of times over the decades. I still have the eared version my parents gave me when I was about 10 years old.

Mark J. Price, reporter for Beacon magazine.

I didn’t know there was a sequel until years later when I picked up a wrinkled paperback from a garage sale in Akron. I recently rediscovered it among some old books in a closet, and passed it on for nostalgia. It’s fun enough, I think, but it’s not nearly as good as the first book.

The best part came at the end. When I moved to the last page, I found a note written in blue ink. Opposite the inner back cover, handwritten by a child, it reads:

The people I invite to my slumber party

8 people

I hope you do Tami Ford

I hope Carol Brunimonte

I hope Beth Henrietta

Helen Holt

I hope Jenny Schubert

Suzy Craft

I hope Judy Giratano

I hope Sue Costigan

I don’t know about Susie. She might go to her parents.

This is a sweet note. I remember the childhood fun of sleeping outside, and this carefully designed list brought joy to my heart.

But it also presented a mystery. “The Mad Scientists Club” is definitely a book for boys, or at least it was at the time. After all, they originated as short stories in the pages of Boys’ Life magazine in the early 1960s.

This note was apparently written by a girl.

This slumber party note is found written on the back page of a paperback from the 1970s.

I turned around and found (apparently) the original owner’s name and address written on the title page. Andy Blank lived on Webber Street, a brick road off Aqueduct Street near Peace Mountain Cemetery in Akron. This reprint of this textbook services dates back to 1974.

She developed a theory that Andy had a sister who couldn’t find a piece of scrap paper to make her list, so she wrote on a blank page in the back of her brother’s book. I wonder if he ever knew?

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