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
I deliberately chose this particular book passage about Maxzyne choosing to stand her ground in a difficult situation. In her case, she tries to make life better for carriage horses in Chicago, IL. That's a fairly big goal, a young girl attempting to do the right thing in a grownup world. "Time to step up and help make a difference." Aren't we all ready for a bit of hope and much-needed positivity in the world today? I dread seeing the daily headlines coming from the war front in Ukraine. I hear the personal stories of desperation and sacrifice, scared but defiant citizens, somehow managing to survive despite the deadly Russian attacks on civilian areas and transit points for fleeing women and children. It's now or never. How will this true and terrible story be written as the whole world watches?
Maxzyne and the Old Horse Theatre
It’s now or never. Time to step up and help make a difference. Maxzyne grits her teeth. Before she can change her mind, she ducks under the black velvet rope, startling the security detail. The burly men spring into action. Scared but defiant, Maxzyne stands her ground.