Project Description


Cascade Mountain Railroad Mysteries #2


by Anne Capeci
illustrated by Paul Casale

This second book in the Cascade Mountain Railroad Mysteries series, based on a page from American history, follows a trio of mischievous and determined young crime solvers.

It is 1926, and an air show starring Ross Ellison, a dashing flying ace, is coming to a nearby town. Billy, Finn, and Dannie can’t wait to meet the Great War hero―who happens to be Finn’s uncle. Their enthusiasm is dampened only by the foolish antics of Phillip Mackay, the spoiled son of the railroad owner. 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!

Anne Capeci’s 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: 978-1-56145-307-8
Publication Date: 4/1/2004
Page Count: 144
Size: 5 ̎ x 7 ̎
Age Range: 7 – 10
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-747-2
Age Range: 7 – 10
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 3.7
F&P: GRL Q, Gr 4, Genre HF
Themes: Airplanes, Mystery, Railroad, Work Camps
BISAC 1: JUV041010 JUVENILE FICTION / Transportation / Aviation
BISAC 2: JUV028000 JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories
BISAC 3: JUV016150 JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 20th Century


“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.