Boy at the Window
It all began with trying to fly. After jumping off the roof of his house in the middle of the night, Daniel Kim wakes up far from Neverland, his reprieve from the real world. Thrust into a mental health hospital and then into a brand-new high school, he struggles to hold onto reality while haunted by both his very-present past and his never-present parents. But when he joins Cranbrook Preparatory's cross-country team, he starts to feel like he's walking on his own two feet once again. He meets Jiwon Yoon--another cross-country runner, who may be the first person to join Daniel in his Neverland daydreams. Or maybe Jiwon is the one who will finally break Daniel free.
Content warning: Emotional trauma, attempted suicide, mental illness.
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About the Author
Lauren Melissa Ellzey--known as @autienelle on Instagram--is a Black biracial, queer, disabled activist and advice columnist. She has collaborated through writing and media for disability justice with Healthline, BBC Minute, NeuroClastic, AbleZine (March 2021), and Cripple Magazine. She completed her BA at Scripps College, where she won the Crombie Allen Award for creative writing, and her MS LIS at Syracuse University. Lauren lives and works in New York as a YA librarian.