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 write this submission waiting for a ham and swiss cheese quiche to warm up in the oven. This week my parents are visiting and they always start the day with a hearty breakfast. Each visit is a little more bittersweet than the last, as my mother slowly succumbs to Alzheimer's and my father patiently, sometimes awkwardly, tries to help her manage. Lots of things scare my mother now, who is like a child in her mind. A shower, a formerly favorite food, and sometimes even a change of clothes. She won't let my Dad out of her sight and seems to find the outside world daunting. We coax her to walk to the beach with us for a few minutes or accompany him to his favorite outdoor orchid market to choose a few tropical beauties to take home. They've been married 61 years now and are a testament to the "'til death do us part." in their vows. It's breathtaking and heartbreaking to watch them fade into the sunset of their lives and relationship. But it's me who is most scared of goodbye.
Maxzyne Meets the Mannequins
Alone in the dark, Maxzyne shivers. She feels goose bumps rise on her arms and neck. Is that a draft? Without Elise and Peppin down here with her, everything is so much . . . scarier. Were those shadows here before? Maxzyne shivers again. She rubs the goose bumps on her arms. She eyes the eerie shapes in the shadowy gloom. Piles of odds and ends, years of store display items stacked up along the walls tower over her head. Breathe! She fills her lungs with dusty air.