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
I like to call Maxzyne, my 10-year-old character, "America's most impulsive heroine" because her enthusiastic desire to help often collides with reality. This particular excerpt finds her asking if everything will ever be normal again. For me, her question feels right in the moment. After two years of battling the virus and its evolving mutations, we're all weary of trying to outwit it. Who isn't feeling wistful for normal? I am hopeful that the ferocity of the virus and its mutations will dwindle and finally fade. Certainly we are all are ready to leave it behind and breathe freely again. Yesterday, my hairstylist was my hero. She fought for three weeks to breathe and feel normal again, postponing appointments as we all worried about the virus affects worsening due to her asthma. It was truly a miracle, when she called me in for a haircut. Normal sure feels good.
Maxzyne Meets the Mannequins
“Elise, do you think Esmeralda will get better? Will she come back, so everything will be normal again?” She looks out at the suitcase abandoned on the sidewalk. “I know. What is normal, right? But you know what I mean. Will you ever be real again? And your parents and Peppin? Anyway, I’m sorry I ran. Some kind of hero, me, thinking I could save everybody, huh?”