McKenzie Mason had it all—straight A’s, great friends, and a teacher she loved. That all changes when she transfers to the exclusive Davis School for the Performing Arts to study dance and piano. Even though her parents try to cheer her up, she is less than excited to be starting over as a "nobody." Her first day is going well until she finds out everyone must audition for the fourth-grade school play, Kings and Queens of the Nile. Because of her extreme stage fright, she is determined to get out of participating. Just when she thinks things are going her way, McKenzie is met with a challenge that she’s not yet ready to face. Adjusting to a new school, plus doubting herself, is becoming too much to handle. Will McKenzie rise to the challenge, or will she be stuck with a case of the new school blues?
Created to address the lack of diverse books for children, the story incorporates characters that African-American children, specifically, will identify with but themes that any child can relate to and enjoy. Follow Meet McKenzie Mason on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date on news and announcements.
Chauncey Citchens is a digital marketer from Jackson, MS with a lifelong passion for reading and writing. She received her bachelor's degree in marketing from Jackson State University and her MBA from Clark Atlanta University. As a child Chauncey loved to read, write, and create things, writing her first book when she was 11. In 2015 when her niece, McKenzie, asked for books for Christmas she was overjoyed that she shared the same interest in reading that she did as a child. Chauncey began her search for the perfect series for the growing 8-year old. Unfortunately, she was unable to find a variety of books that featured black girls as leading characters. This was a challenge she also remembered facing as a child.
Inspired and determined to give her niece a story with a lead character she could identify with, Chauncey picked up her childhood hobby of writing and wrote a story with her niece as the main character. What originally started as a story for just her niece, quickly turned into a full-on project when family and friends encouraged her to publish the book. Chauncey hopes Meet McKenzie Mason will play a part in diversifying children’s book. She believes there is extreme value in children seeing characters as well as authors who look like them.
Chauncey currently resides in Nashville, TN with her husband, Christopher. You can follow her journey to publishing and other cool updates on her blog at chaunceycitchens.com.
A great read for children 8 and up!