“...the ups and downs of an anthropomorphic fire engine are sympathetically portrayed.” — Kirkus Reviews
“...humor and heart...the small illustrations are pleasantly rendered...” — Kirkus ReviewsRusty the Forgotten Fire Engine Book 1 in the "The Adventures of Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine" Series AGES 4-8! 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 becomes the joy of the children in town and the pride of the fireman and townspeople alike. But after many years the fire engine becomes old and worn until everyone begins to laugh and call it Rusty. Sad and forlorn Rusty is ignored and forgotten. Then during the 4th of July parade in a summer like no other Rusty saves the day in a most surprising and unusual way. Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine (Book 1, in a three-part series) 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. READ MORE | READ AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR BIOS | REVIEWS ON AMAZON
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ORDER YOUR HARDCOVER SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR TODAY! SHIPPING IS FREE!In 1973, teenage girls began disappearing from Folly Beach, a small town on a barrier island in South Carolina. Initially thought by police to be a spate of runaways, the real story emerged when a police officer on patrol heard a cry for help and found three girls bound and gagged in an abandoned beach cottage. Further investigation turned up bodies buried in the dunes nearby. The police reacted quickly and closed off the only bridge to the mainland, thereby trapping the townspeople with the certain knowledge that one among them was a serial killer. Everyone became a suspect, as neighbor turned against neighbor in an atmosphere of rapidly growing hysteria. What effects does the presence of a serial killer have on the collective health of a community? What strategies do people adopt to manage the fear and anxiety that accompany news of a serial killer's predations? And why do citizens and the media respond as they do to serial killers, who usually account for only a small portion of the homicides in the communities in which they are active? Killer Among Us: Public Reactions to Serial Murder examines serial murder from this fresh perspective: an exploration of the ways people react when a killer is at large in their community. Drawing on 19th-century tabloid accounts of the predations of Jack the Ripper and on 20th-century media coverage of such villains as The Son of Sam and Jeffrey Dahmer, the author constructs vivid and provocative retellings of many of the most infamous cases of serial murder. READ MORE | READ REVIEWS ON AMAZON.
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