When a homeless woman gives Maxzyne a painting of a French poodle just like the one in a storefront display, it turns out to be more than just a coincidence for the impulsive 10-year-old. Maxzyne finds herself at the center of a rescue mission when a wayward freight elevator, a family of enchanted vintage mannequins in distress, and a secret tunnel propel her straight into the mysterious depths of a Chicago department store. Can she convince the ghastly Gigi not to use the mannequins' heads in her art exhibit before store closing? It's a race against the clock for Maxzyne and her new mannequin sidekick Elise.Despite her overactive imagination and tendency to get distracted, she learns some important lessons about loyalty, bravery, generosity, and accepting responsibility for her actions. A wonderfully spirited and fun adventure story, Maxzyne Meets the Mannequins is a delightful read for children of all ages.
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
My sisters and I certainly enjoyed finding candy-filled Easter baskets early Sunday morning before church each spring. My mother was very creative, using lettuce leaves and carrot trails to mark where each basket was hidden for her four very excited daughters. Once all were found, things got serious. We became auctioneers. Yep, just like the spoils found in Halloween treat bags or Christmas stockings, we scooped, piled and organized each candy type into piles, retaining our personal favorites. Negotiations were quickly underway as we tried to trade away anything low on our own sweet-tooth list. In my case, yellow marshmallow peeps were the first to be optioned. Next up, the always present and plentiful jellybeans. Funny thing, though. Everyone saved their big, foil-wrapped chocolate Easter bunnies. Those were special and to be savored. One delicate, melting milk chocolate, ear nibble at a time.
Maxzyne Meets the Mannequins
She snatches a candy from inside the jar and drops it in her mouth, letting it float on her tongue. The sugar rush makes her giddy, and she quickly moves on. To her right is a bouquet of sweet and sour lollipops with colorful swirls. Selecting two lollipops from their ceramic pots, she teases Elise by holding them up to her eyes. Sticking out a minty tongue, she gurgles, “Look! Lollipop eyes!” Laughing at her own silliness, she moves on to another jar.