SERIES THURSDAY: The Secret Room/The Ghost at the Fire Station by Dori Hillestad Butler


Now that Kaz can finally pass through walls without feeling all “skizzy,” he can go explore Beckett’s secret room at the back of the library. What he finds there is a mystery he never expected!


Kaz and Claire return in a new mystery.  This time the mystery revolves around a secret room in the library.  For the first time, Kaz is able to visit this room and he and his brother and Beckett discover that the room is full of objects that were originally solid before being turned 'ghostly'.  But who did these items belong too?  And Claire runs into additional problems when her mother discovers what they are up to and doesn't approve of Claire's talk of ghosts.  Butler has kept this series fresh and interesting with each new mystery as well as the ongoing challenges Kaz faces as he develops his ghostly abilities and continues his search for the rest of his family.  I've enjoyed following Kaz and Claire's efforts to work together despite the great differences between them and the creativity they have to sometimes employ to solve the mysteries before them.


With a lot of searching and a lot of luck, Kaz has found his dog Cosmo, his little brother Little John, his grandmom, and his grandpops. But what about his parents? Or his big brother Finn? Will he ever see them again? Kaz wants to keep looking for his family, but when Claire hears about a ghost at the fire station, Kaz knows it’s a case for C & K Ghost Detectives!


Kaz and Claire are invited to visit the local fire station to help solve a new ghostly mystery.  Sparky, the new fire station mascot dog has developed a strange behavior.  He refuses to enter certain rooms at the fire station and sits and howls at them.  Kaz and Claire as well as the other children involved feel certain that a ghost is involved.  Could this be another member of Kaz's family or something much more dangerous? Once again Claire, Kaz, and Kaz's little brother John are forced to use their skills to solve a mystery, but this time the results might not be good.  I always enjoy reading this series because despite the supposedly simple nature of the story, Butler keeps up the tension right to the end providing believable solutions and a fun ride. This is a fun series that young readers who like a splash of fantasy with their mysteries are bound to enjoy.


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