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
In this passage, my 10-year-old character, Maxzyne, finally realizes she's homesick. Amazingly, after all her adventures in the historic neighborhood department store and several hours without adult supervision, she's ready for normal again. Home. During the pandemic we all became a lot more acquainted with home, didn't we? New projects, new recipes and perhaps a few new routines, or at least an expansion of old ones. Now that vaccinations have made it possible to return to our own version of a normal summer, I'm feeling grateful for the opportunities that await outside of home. Meeting new people, enjoying new restaurants and exploring new places. Yesterday, I climbed the Jupiter Lighthouse for the first time. True, there's no place like home. Especially after you've been exploring a little.
Maxzyne Meets the Mannequins
Maxzyne shifts position. She tucks her legs to one side. “But once I’m down there in the dark by myself, well, I . . . Don’t be mad, Elise, but I start thinking, you know, maybe I should just go home. I mean, okay, I want to go home. I’ll just follow those daisies you dropped and find the secret tunnel to the freight elevator. And then, well, back home.” She hangs her head. Her face flushes as she rubs the buckle on one ankle boot with her denim sleeve.