A special dog who lives in in the railyard in Santa Fe watches over the tracks and the nearby children. In a small town in the Southwest people cross paths in the railyard, all under the watchful eye of Loco Dog. Then one day a powerful dust storm, called a “dust devil,” upsets the calm, bringing chaos and confusion. Of course, Loco Dog is there to help, but will he pay the ultimate price? The story brings out the magical side of Santa Fe and its famous rail yard. · Best Children’s Book New Mexico Book Show 2008
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Marcy Heller has a BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and MFA in Painting from the University of North Carolina. She began her career as book designer at the University of North Carolina Press and at Stanford University Press. She returned to her original love of writing and began to write children's books. She published "Just You and Me, Grandpa" with Reader's Digest Books for Children in 1994; "Loco Dog and the Dust Devil in the Railyard" in 2008; in 2010, "Paloma and the Dust Devil at the Balloon Fiesta"; and in 2013, "Loco Dog and Tom," all with Azro Press. Her newest book, "Loco Dog in the Santa Fe Rail Yard," published in 2015 by Rock Point Press of Santa Fe, includes a history of Santa Fe and its railroads.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Once upon a time, in the center of a dusty railroad, in a small southwestern town, there lived a large black dog. His name was Loco, short for Locomotive. He lived in the railroad office in the old railway depot. On cold snowy nights, he liked to curl up next to the black iron woodstove in the corner. In the summer, he slept right outside the door. Loco always got up with the yardman when he walked the railyard. They made sure the tracks were clear. Loco was a favorite with the children in the town. He greeted them with lots of happy tail wagging whenever they came to the depot. He chased their balls and always brought them right back. He nudged them with his cold wet nose when he heard the sound of the locomotive starting up. Loco followed them to the edge of the railyard right up to the sidewalk when they had to leave, and always sat down and wagged his tail as they called goodbye. But he never left his territory in the railyard, not even when the children tried to coax him with dog biscuits. One wild, wet, and windy spring night, Loco was sleeping uneasily next to the desk in the railway office. Over the radio came a loud squawk, silence, and then the excited voice of the engineer heading into town on the 9:20 train. He yelled,”It’s the 9:20! I can’t slow her down! My brakes have failed! Clear the tracks!” The yardman ran outside. Loco was right on his heels. They saw bobbing headlights coming towards the tracks. The yardman spotted Mr. Martinez in his old pickup truck rattling into the railyard to set up early for the farmers’ market the next day. In the back of the pickup hunched Mr. Martinez’s twelve-year-old grandson, Justin. Justin always helped his grandfather set up the trestle tables and unload the boxes. The yardman waved his lantern at the truck frantically! But Mr. Martinez was looking the other way, at a big, black dust devil whirling down the tracks. The yardman called out to Mr. Martinez, but the whistling locomotive shrieked even louder.
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Book Description Rock Point Press, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1929115172
Book Description Rock Point Press, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111929115172
Book Description Azro Press, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 32 pages. 10.10x8.10x0.40 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1929115172