Project Description


Cascade Mountain Railroad Mysteries #2


by Anne Capeci
illustrated by Paul Casale

This second book in a the Cascade Mountain Railroad Mysteries series features a trio of mischievous and determined young sleuths set against the backdrop of early twentieth century America.

It’s 1926 and excitement is in the air in the remote camp town of Scenic, Washington. An air show starring Ross Ellison, a dashing flying ace, is coming to a nearby town and Billy, Finn, and Dannie can’t wait to meet the Great War hero—who happens to be Finn’s uncle.

The children’s enthusiasm is dampened only by the foolish antics of Phillip Mackay, the spoiled son of the railroad’s owner who is visiting from Chicago with his father. But when Billy overhears a surly looking man threatening Uncle Ross, he can’t help but wonder: Is that the notorious smuggler whose picture he saw in the Wenatchee Daily World? Soon Billy and his friends find themselves caught up in a mystery—and Finn’s uncle seems to be right in the middle of it. Then Philip pulls one final stunt, bringing him and the three young investigators face to face with danger!

Hardcover: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-307-8
Total Pages: 144
Size: 5 1/2 x 7 1/2
Language: English
Format: E-book
ISBN: 978-1-56145-747-2
Age Range: 7 – 10
Language: English

Purchase this E-book through the following vendors:

Baker & Taylor
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Recorded Books

Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 77175
AR Reading Level: 3.7
AR Points: 3

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


“This title in the Cascade Mountain Railroad Mysteries series tells a lively story of kid sleuths at the time of the building of the eight-mile Cascade Tunnel… the history of the work camp in the mountain town is exciting, and the young detectives are as daring as the crooks.” ―Booklist

“…there is plenty of action with bootleggers, barnstormers, and breakneck mountain chases. Historical endnotes with period photos add authenticity. The short text and exciting plot will attract young adventure fans, especially reluctant readers.” ―School Library Journal


Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association 2005

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.