In Celia and the Little Boy, a young girl faces a bewildering dilemma when she discovers a little boy hiding in the darkness.

My hope is that this book will open a dialogue between children struggling with depression and those who care about them.

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Celia and the Little Boy, taught me that if you search for a message of hope when you are feeling alone, you will find one… I also took the message that, no matter how comfortable you become in the isolation you’ve created, there is always someone that wants to help.

Isabella

age 18

This unique and insightful book speaks directly to the isolation of depressed children. It will also help the parents struggling to get through to them.

Arlene B. Ginsburg, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Behind the Story

In the spring of 2015, I awoke from my sleep with the image of a girl standing on top of a staircase. The image was so clear and strong it begged to be realized. So, I picked up the paper and pencil by my night stand and began to illustrate what I saw. It was Celia who appeared from my sketch and I immediately felt sure I knew her. Moments after completing her illustration, I found myself uncovering the “little boy”. His image came to me within minutes. In that moment Celia and the Little Boy became a central part of my life. For the next two and a half years, they led through their experience as I wrote and illustrated this deeply emotional story. The lessons these two children taught me about connection have been profound. I share this story with the greatest hope it will offer a new voice for children who struggle with depression and provide hope and support to their families and caretakers.

With love, hope and gratitude,
Irene