Fed up with polygraphs, security clearances and a daily commute, Caroline Lee fled a career writing classified reports for the Dept. of Defense to become a full-time storyteller and daydreamer-in-chief. Often inspired by her surroundings, Caroline's first book, "Maxzyne Meets the Mannequins," features America's most impulsive heroine, 10-year-old Maxzyne Merriweather, whose madcap adventures take place in the magical and historic city of Chicago.
Caroline currently resides in Delray Beach, Florida where the weather is much warmer than Chicago. She is a member of the Society of Childrens Bookwriters & Illustrators (SCBWI) and is thrilled that her first book "Maxzyne Meets the Mannequins" won the 2020 Independent Press Award for Children's Fiction. The second adventure in the series, "Maxzyne and the Old Horse Theatre" is now also available on Amazon and recently won two Story Monsters Dragonfly awards! Learn more at www.maxzyne.com
Last week I experienced my first homeschool convention in Orlando. (FPEA) It was fun to present the books and introduce Maxzyne to new young readers attending with their teacher parents in the lovely venue at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. There was so much energy and enthusiasm in the booths and aisles where decisions were being made about curriculum and kid-centric entertainment. I had a wonderful moment on the final day. Much to my surprise, a mother whose daughter had purchased the book series the day before, returned to thank me. "She's been reading your book all day and just loves it! She keeps telling me all about it. Thank you for writing such a great book!"
Maxzyne and the Old Horse Theatre
HER MOTHER’S FROWN EXPANDS to that spot between her eyebrows. “Yes, I did. By sixth period, the school called me. Apparently, you were nowhere to be found. I couldn’t believe you were sent to the principal’s office for disrupting music class and disrespecting the teacher with this …” She throws her hands up, exasperated. “And I don’t need to tell you that you are in big trouble.” She waves the sketch of Miss Garret and her stubbly legs. “Before you try to squirm out of this, the school staff will expect an apology and who knows what else, Maxzyne. This is the kind of stunt that gets students kicked out of school.”