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
Imagine being caught in a creepy old department store basement, after hours, all by yourself. Or, you thought you were alone, until some futuristic-looking mannequins suddenly came to life and chased after you! I could easily conceptualize this scenario when I shopped in the old Chicago Marshall Fields Building. I was always intrigued by the old fashioned stairwells, water fountains, columns, windows and certain elevators that would descend to lower levels, but were only accessible to staff. So where have you been lately? Maybe an ordinary place that inspired something extraordinary? I love it when that happens.
Maxzyne Meets the Mannequins
Caught under the fabric, the hulking monsters fall. They send the next wave of creatures to the floor like falling dominoes. Now’s her chance! Maxzyne leaps over the heaving mass. She lands on a nearby stack of empty hatboxes. The cardboard collapses under her weight. However, it breaks her fall, so she’s not hurt. Maxzyne jumps up like a jack-in-a-box from the shredded layers of cardboard. She runs for her life toward the old iron stairs.