McKenzie and Lizzie land safely in a field, surrounded by roses of all lovely colors. These are not just regular red roses but also white roses with pinkish lining, orange ones, and purple roses!
“I wonder where we are,” Lizzie says, looking around.
McKenzie leans over to smell and exhales slowly. “I wish I could bring these back to my mom.”
Lizzie gently pulls McKenzie’s hand away. “Be careful. You know what happens when you touch things you aren’t supposed to.”
McKenzie can avoid getting tagged at lightning speed and climbs a fence with the grace of a ballerina, but there are times when objects surrender to her touch.
As McKenzie continues to sniff and touch the rose petals, a few fall to the ground. McKenzie pulls her hand away and motions sideways toward Lizzie, who is giving her the “you did it again” look.
Out of the brightly colored roses a little girl appears.
“Don’t be afraid. Princess Lovina sent me. I’m Lucia!” the girl greets them happily. “Hola! That means hello in Spanish.” Lucia has long, straight hair that she wears in a ponytail. She is carrying a bright pink backpack and wearing a locket that looks just like Lizzie’s and McKenzie’s.
“Where are we?” McKenzie asks.
“You are at the Rose Garden Parque del Oeste. This garden has over six hundred types of roses from all over the world. You came at the most perfect time, because it’s May and the International Competition for New Roses is going on. The winning rose gets to remain in the garden permanently.”
“But where are we?” Lizzie impatiently wonders.
“You’re in the city of Madrid, which is the capital of the country of Spain,” Lucia explains.
“Madrid?” McKenzie says, unable to contain her excitement.
“Spain?” Lizzie’s mouth hangs open as she’s captured speechless.
“¿Cómo se llaman ustedes?” Lucia asks. “That means what are your names? Spanish is our official language, but we also speak English.”
Title: Lizzie & McKenzie’s Fabulous Adventures: Mayhem in Madrid
Author: Dina C. Tate
Genre: Children’s Books, Fantasy
Imagine if all the little girls of the world looked alike.
If the Same Glam Goddess gets her way, it can surely happen.
McKenzie Rivers, the pint-sized daredevil, and Lizzie Sanders, who loves all things frilly, aren’t afraid of being different. And that’s exactly why Princess Lovina of Exquisite City calls upon them to stop the Same Glam Goddess from making all the little girls of the world look the same. With the aid of their magical lovely lockets and fierce diva weaponry, Lizzie and McKenzie will travel the world to find the Seven Crystals of Sisterhood. Their first stop is the magical city of Madrid.
Lizzie and McKenzie will need help to obtain the crystals before the Same Glam Goddess gets her hands on them. If the crystals are not found, little girls all over the world will remain under the spell of the Same Glam Goddess and will lose their identities forever! Will Lizzie and McKenzie be able to find the crystals, break the spell, and stop the Same Glam Goddess?
Dina Tate is the President and Founder of GlobalGirlsSquad LLC a publishing and technology company. Her first book which combines her love of travel and japanese animation is titled “Lizzie and McKenzie’s Fabulous Adventures”.
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