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
Did you know that one mounted patrol officer is equal to ten police officers on foot? I always love to see these equine ambassadors of goodwill, proudly walking through Millennium Park, the lakefront or during city festivals. The sturdy gleaming geldings with their uniformed officers sitting high in polished saddles, impart a feeling of calm and control wherever they appear. I find myself edging through a restive crowd, hoping to pat the horse's irresistibly long soft nose or stroke a shining cheek. The magnificent horse patiently accepts my admiring strokes before moving on, a commanding presence in a chaotic city. I sure hope there are carrot or apple treats waiting at the end of each shift!
Maxzyne and the Old Horse Theatre
“Well, my buddy Ace over there, he loves to be out on the streets. But we make sure we only pick horses with the right disposition and then train them for a long time. And reward them too. Isn’t that right, Ace?” The regal gelding gives a short whinny and canters once around the ring as if to prove the policeman right.