Rusty the Forgotten Fire EngineNOW AVAILABLE

Book 1 in the The Adventures of Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine Series

Ages 4-8

“…the ups and downs of an anthropomorphic fire engine
are sympathetically portrayed.” — Kirkus Reviews

Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine tells the story of a fire engine and the fireman and boy who love him. It is a lighthearted and multi-layered story, richly told, that will appeal to children and adults alike.

Whimsical illustrations create an air of fantasy, drawing children into Rusty’s world while stimulating their imaginations as they follow Rusty’s journey from hero to outcast and back again.

The surprise ending brings the tale to a heart-warming and satisfying conclusion that reveals all things have hidden value that is waiting to be released. Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine is a classic story of love, loss, transformation and redemption.


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Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine

When the Mayor Himself decides the town of Someport-by-the Sea needs a new fire engine the Fire Chief picks a shiny, bright red one that has all the latest tools needed to put out fires. The new fire engine is the joy of the children in town and the pride of the firemen and townspeople alike. However, after many years the fire engine becomes old and worn until everyone begins to laugh and call it Rusty. Rusty is ignored and forgotten. Then during the 4th of July parade in a dry, scotching summer like no other Rusty saves the day in a most surprising and unusual way.

Rusty Goes
to Water World

The townspeople of Someport-by-the-Sea want to honor Rusty for saving them during the “Summer Like No Other” so the Mayor Himself decides a park should be named in Rusty’s honor. But, finding the right place is not as easy as it sounds. Then when students at Sea Stone Elementary take Rusty on their end of year celebration at Water World things don’t go as planned. Just as Mr. Spritz the Manager of Water World is about to close the park because of an equipment failure, Rusty, with the help of Fireman Jim and Mike the Deputy Fire Chief, once again saves the day and in the process finds a new home in a water park that bears his name. COMING FALL 2019

and Calliope

Rusty enjoys being the center of attention and in the middle of the excitement in his new home, the Rusty Always Saves the Day Water Park. Nevertheless, he does have moments of loneliness when the park closes for the day or for the season. Then, one day a new attraction arrives – the funniest wagon he has ever seen. Called Calliope it plays haunting melodies that seem to make the fountains dance in response. Jealous at first Rusty becomes increasingly infatuated with Calliope’s music and attached – in more ways than one - to the new arrival. Eventually, Rusty and Calliope are hitched by the Mayor Himself and (spoiler alert) they make beautiful music together.

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