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
This weekend my youngest niece celebrates her eighteenth birthday. I'm so excited for her confident and joyous crossing over the threshold from teen to young adult. Rebecca is especially dear to Maxzyne and I. She shared her artistic abilities with the world several years ago, creating the cover and illustrations of this particular book. It was so much fun to see the adventure through her eyes as she selected each passage to illustrate. Like Maxzyne, Rebecca has lots of joy, enthusiasm, intelligence and creative passion, so I can't wait to see what she does with it all. The world awaits her contribution and celebrates this next step of her journey. Happy Birthday to Rebecca and all the young people celebrating this month. I know you will be the gift.
Maxzyne and the Old Horse Theatre
“Sometimes you’re such a show-off, Maxzyne!” she groans. Her finger traces the familiar lines on the sketch. Yes, it really is their chubby teacher’s goofy smile. That’s also her bulky turtleneck and dimpled knees peeking beneath a short plaid skirt. She glares at the portrait. Her mother warned her about doodling in class.