Project Description


Cascade Mountain Railroad Mysteries #1

Danger, Dynamite!

by Anne Capeci
illustrated by Paul Casale

A new mystery based on a page from American history, featuring a trio of mischievous and determined young crime solvers.

Everyone knows that workers are using dynamite to blast an eight-mile train tunnel through the Cascade Mountains. But everyone also knows that explosives aren’t allowed inside the isolated camp town of Scenic where the workers and their families live. So why did somebody hide a case of dynamite right near the schoolhouse? And why has it disappeared again? That’s what ten-year old Billy and his best friend Finn want to know.

Then a sudden explosion rocks the camp, and the boys begin to investigate in earnest. Why is the new man in town, Mr. Renwick, going up to Lookout Rock after dark? And why is his nosy, smart-mouthed daughter, Dannie, watching their every move?

The boys’ search leads them back to a thirty-year-old gold robbery—and face to face with a dangerous outlaw who will stop at nothing to retrieve his treasure.

Hardcover: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-288-0
Total Pages: 144
Size: 5 x 7
Language: English
Format: E-book
ISBN: 978-1-56145-748-9
Age Range: 7 – 10
Language: English

Purchase this E-book through the following vendors:

Baker & Taylor
Barnes & Noble
Recorded Books

Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 71751
AR Reading Level: 4
AR Points: 3

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: Q
F&P Grade: 4


“…the characters… will entertain readers. Details about life in Scenic, WA, in 1926, are interesting and well integrated into the story… The… plot and fast pace will appeal to reluctant readers.” ―School Library Journal

“This is a terrific start to a new mystery series for elementary students. Written in a very readable style and format, this is a great first mystery for elementary students.” ―Library Media Connection


Washington Reads List ―State Library of Washington 2006

Agatha Award (nominee) ―Malice Domestic 2003

Meet the Author

Anne Capeci has written over a dozen books for children.The Cascade Mountain Railroad Mysteries are based on her family’s experiences. Her grandfather was one of the men in charge of building the Cascades Tunnel back in the 1920s. Capeci lives in New York.

Meet the Illustrator

Paul Casale graduated from the Pratt Institute, where he won numerous awards. A member of the Society of Illustrators, he has illustrated many children’s books, including Surviving Jamestown and the Cascade Mountain Railroad Mysteries series. He lives in New Jersey.