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
At the after school tutoring program where I volunteer as a homework helper, the students are definitely anticipating the last day of class. There is a large white board in the main room and I smile when the afternoon early arrivals, usually elementary school kids, throw off their backpacks and make a beeline for the board. They jostle and tug, all hands reaching for the dry eraser and marker. Everyone is eager to be the one to update the exact number of days until the end of school. Just one more week remains in the countdown. During homework now, they wriggle, giggle and barely pay attention. Summer vacation is nearly here and soon their days will be their own again. Well, they might miss the snacks.
Maxzyne and the Old Horse Theatre
She strides toward the opposite end of the three-story building. To the right sits her locker, number 316. No point stowing her backpack until she knows what is going to happen. She looks wistfully at the bulletin board announcements posted outside Miss Miranda’s Spanish classroom. The tutoring schedule has several names penciled in the blanks. Her eyes slide past the Spanish sign-up sheet. They focus on a poster of tonight’s Festival of Lights parade, featuring the school’s majorettes.