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 don't think I was ever as brave as my 10-year-old character Maxzyne. I did participate in volunteer activities with my Girl Scout troop and church Sunday school, but never imagined I could step forward and change something for the better on my own. So I love reading about young people actually doing just that in many communities. Some kids have even become SOLUTIONARIES, perhaps guided by The Institute for Humane Education. They offer a free guidebook and case studies covering elementary through higher education along with many resources. Humane Education is a field of study and an approach to teaching that draws connections between human rights, animal protection, and environmental sustainability. Way to go, kids!
Maxzyne and the Old Horse Theatre
“Now, young lady, what’s all this talk about carriage horses? And can I assume your parents put you up to this? If so, I’d like them to step forward now.” He scans the crowd around her. When no adult steps forward, he looks puzzled.