Ghost Train

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"Train!" Billy yelled again. But Finn and Dannie didn't seem to hear him. They were still racing toward him on the tracks. The train was coming up fast behind them. "Get off...NOW!" Billy tried to push his friends off the tracks, but they were going too fast. They smashed into him. The three of them fell to the tracks in a heap. Only then did Finn and Dannie hear the chugging engine. Its powerful beam cut through the fog behind them. We'll never make it! Billy thought.

When Billy finds a burlap sack ...

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Overview

"Train!" Billy yelled again. But Finn and Dannie didn't seem to hear him. They were still racing toward him on the tracks. The train was coming up fast behind them. "Get off...NOW!" Billy tried to push his friends off the tracks, but they were going too fast. They smashed into him. The three of them fell to the tracks in a heap. Only then did Finn and Dannie hear the chugging engine. Its powerful beam cut through the fog behind them. We'll never make it! Billy thought.

When Billy finds a burlap sack containing a pistol and a cryptic, threatening note, he and his best friends Dannie and Finn avoid rehearsals for the town's historical pageant while trying to learn who holds a grudge and is plotting against the railroad.

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It is summer and time for best friends, Billy, Dannie and Finn, to hang out at the swimming hole, to steer clear of anything to do with the town's 4th of July pageant and, of course, to win the "war" they are waging against three older boys. Then Billy discovers a hidden pistol and a mysterious note which threatens to "make the goat pay." The three are pretty sure "the goat" refers to the Great Northern Railway. But who is behind this plot and when and how are the wrongdoers going to make the railway pay? This 3rd title in the "Cascade Mountain Railroad Mysteries" series is a high interest, easy-to-read chapter book. Do not overlook the author's notes at the end. They give readers an inside look at the real village of Scenic, Washington, where the author's grandfather lived while the Cascade train tunnel was under construction and provide lots of additional information about silk trains, the telegraph and everyday life in 1926. 2004, Peachtree Publishers, Ages 8 to 11.
—Anita Barnes Lowen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561453245
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: The Cascade Mountain Railroad Mysteries , #3
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,201,628
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Sneak Attack 1
Chapter 2 Run! 9
Chapter 3 Ghost Train 15
Chapter 4 A Secret Message 25
Chapter 5 Unfair! 33
Chapter 6 Angry Words 43
Chapter 7 Spoiled Plans 51
Chapter 8 Gunshot on the Mountain 59
Chapter 9 Grizzly! 63
Chapter 10 Chasing Trouble 73
Chapter 11 A Sneaky Plan 83
Chapter 12 Following Clues 89
Chapter 13 Signal From Seattle 99
Chapter 14 Too Late! 107
Chapter 15 No Time to Lose 115
Author's Note 125
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