Project Description


Cascade Mountain Railroad Mysteries #1

Danger: Dynamite!

by Anne Capeci
illustrated by Paul Casale

A mystery series 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.

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.

This fast-paced historical series offers young readers a satisfying mystery, well-drawn characters, and an authentic portrait of the rough and tumble life of a western camp town in the 1920s.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-288-0
Publication Date: 10/1/2003
Page Count: 144
Size: 5 ̎ x 7 ̎
Age Range: 7 – 10
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-748-9
Age Range: 7 – 10
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 4.0
F&P: GRL Q, Gr 4, Genre HF
Themes: Mystery, Railroad, Work Camps
BISAC 1: JUV041050 JUVENILE FICTION / Transportation / Railroads & Trains
BISAC 2: JUV028000 JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories
BISAC 3: JUV016150 JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 20th Century


“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

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


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.