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
Wouldn't it be amazing if there really was a hat we could wear and easily communicate with animals? I have a sweet curly-tailed lizard buddy who lives under the front hedge by the sidewalk. She visits me on the terrace nearly every day at noon. I haven't seen her wear a wristwatch, but she is usually right on time, knowing I'm waiting to toss her a few dried crickets. She bounds through a crack in the gate, peers over the front step edge and skitters my way. After three years of this routine, she doesn't have much fear of my daunting size compared to her diminutive eight inches from snout to tail. Yes, I do talk to her. Yes, my neighbors think I'm crazy. Yes, I wish she would talk back. But maybe she'd just complain about what's always on the menu.
Maxzyne and the Old Horse Theatre
“I guess you only understand me when I wear the hat!” she screams at the horse. She stretches one arm toward the black hat and quickly grabs it by the brim. The horse pays no attention. Instead, he continues his frantic gallop down the deserted street. It takes only a second to jam the hat back over her braids. She holds on to the hat with one hand and screeches, “Stop! Can you hear me? I said, ‘Stop!’”