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
To quote civil rights activist John Lewis, "“I want to see young people in America feel the spirit of the 1960s and find a way to get in the way. To find a way to get in trouble. Good trouble, necessary trouble.”
In this particular excerpt, 11-year-old Maxzyne is certainly having a moment of "good trouble" as she tries to gain the attention of Chicago lawmakers. Her ultimate goal is to help carriage horses by proposing a change in law to keep them safely off busy city streets.
I love the idea of kids being a force for positive change in their world. A compassionate heart, vivid imagination and loud voice pointing folks in the right direction is all they need. Adults, are you listening?
Maxzyne and the Old Horse Theatre
Hey, Maxie,” Jerry interrupts her daydream. “Check it out. We got our own little parade goin’. Half the police force is after us.” He jerks his thumb backward. Holding the hat, she leans dangerously far from the handlebar basket to see. The bike wobbles and veers to the left. “Careful there,” Jerry warns. “Just one driver here, y’know.”