Released October 14, 2020


Will Maylie’s dream be crushed by her own imagination?

Ten-year-old Maylie Montes’s dream is to become an author, but she has a problem. She can’t finish a story. Not a single one.

Her second problem is Camden, her annoying twin brother, who is determined to ruin their summer traveling through Europe with their famous photographer aunt and spunky grandma.

The first stop is England where a castle and maze, a new British friend, and a lot of weird words await Maylie—but the first item on her itinerary is to learn how to write, so she can finally finish a story. However, this goal may land her a one-way ticket home after her writing targets her brother in a spooky story involving a nighttime maze full of monsters. And Camden has his own plans, leaving Maylie to wonder if her imagination has actually become a reality.


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“Maylie and the Maze is a delightful adventure about the power of travel to expand our view of the world and ourselves. Plus, it has an ancient castle, a mysterious maze, a story within a story, and…scones. What’s not to love?” – Jill Ross Nadler, author of SUCH A LIBRARY!, and Chief Storyologist at Page Turner Adventures


Relatable characters, adventure, friendships, and a touch of geography embedded throughout. I feel this would be a great read-aloud in my classroom!” – elementary educator Erin Masters M.Ed


“I highly recommend this book to young readers who are ready to make the journey from easy reading chapter books to something with more interest and substance.” – elementary librarian Jennifer Benandi


“Maylie and the Maze was an amazing book that was set in an extraordinary place.” – Rylee M. (age 11)


“I really loved it! One of the best books I’ve read.” – Ceanna B. (age 8)

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About the Illustrator


Artist Monica Bruenjes specializes in creating original animation and illustration. She holds a MFA in Animation from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Prior, she lived in Japan for a year while completing a double-major for a BA in Art and a BA in Japanese. Originally from California, she now lives in Wisconsin to be near her family, bears, deer, and the occasional porcupine. For more information, check out her website at


Check out M.L.’s short stories and other writing on the JOURNAL page.