Project Description


Cascade Mountain Railroad Mysteries #3

Ghost Train

by Anne Capeci
illustrated by Paul Casale

This third 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 in the remote camp town of Scenic, Washington, and Billy, Dannie, and Finn have more on their minds than the upcoming Fourth of July pageant. When Billy finds a mysterious burlap sack containing a threatening note, he and his best friends have a brand new case to solve.

Does the note have something to do with the strange, unscheduled trains that are moving through Scenic? The trail leads the trio to a planned railroad heist of a special train carrying raw silk worth millions from the Seattle shipyards to the East Coast textile mills. But time is running out as the three friends frantically search for clues to the identity of the robber before the targeted “ghost train” passes through Scenic.

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: 978-1-56145-324-5
Publication Date: 10/1/2004
Page Count: 144
Size: 5 ̎ x 7 ̎
Age Range: 7 – 10
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-966-7
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


“The historical context of the story enriches the plot and adds a bit of flavor… An exciting and fast-paced story that will hold readers’ attention.” ―School Library Journal

“This fast-paced mystery story leaves each short chapter cliff-hanging so that the reader is enticed to continue…. the story can be used in an elementary social studies classroom as well as being a strong addition to any elementary library’s historical fiction and mystery collections.” ―Foreword Reviews


 Gate City Book Award ―Elementary School Librarians of Nashua, New Hampshire, 2006

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.