A young girl is born with a mysterious gift. An old man teaches her what it means to be gifted. Together they learn the reason we are here on earth is to discover and give our gifts. Everyone has a gift. CeeGee's Gift is a book to be read and shared by young and old.Set in a small island town on the Texas coastal bend, CeeGee’s Gift takes readers to a simpler time, when neighbors sat on front porches, kids took off on bikes all day, and the library was the gathering place for all ages. Twelve-year-old Celia Gene Williamson and her friend, old Mr. Tindale, work together to transform her ability to foretell the future into a gift for others—a chance for the people of Southport to prepare for what is to come, or even change their direction and change the future.
"I loved this book. It is an amazing story and a greatmessage to kids and adults alike."
~ J Bronder Book Reviews
CeeGee's Gift by Joy H. Selak is an intergenerational novel that involves the reader, regardless of age, in the mysterious life of a 12 year old girl. Celia Gene, called CeeGee, is an introspective, shy young girl who struggles with an unexplained ability to know the future. She foresees elderly Mr. Tindale's impending death, and reluctantly tells him. He recognizes the inevitable and helps her understand her "Knowings" as a gift. He encourages her to share her insight from her heart as a gift to help people change the direction of their lives. As Mr. Tindale says, "if people could see where they were headed, maybe they would decide to change direction and change their entire future".
The author uses the atmosphere of a small town community and its inhabitants as a medium for CeeGee to explore and share her gift. The reader will also be encouraged to explore his own gifts and to seek out ways to use those gifts to benefit others. Readers of all ages will be challenged and inspired by this amazing novel.
From the Author
CeeGee's Gift began as a one act play and won the San Juan Islands Playwrights' Festival in Washington State where it was produced for the stage and also won the Audience Choice Award. Later, expanded into a novel set on the Texas coast, the manuscript won Best Young Adult Fiction through the Writers League of Texas in 2010. The published novel was named Best Young Adult Fiction by ManyBooks for April 2019.
This story of the friendship between Celia Gene Williamson, 12 years old, and Samuel Tindale, a kind, elderly widower, takes the reader to a small town on the Texas Coastal Bend, where times are simple and nothing seems to change. CeeGee's ability to foretell the future, and Mr. Tindale's help in teaching her how to give her gift with a kind and generous heart, changes lives in Southport one by one as people learn that if they can change the direction they are headed, they can change their entire future. My first book, You Don't LOOK Sick! Living Well with Invisible Chronic Illness, was written during a time of illness. While it is non-fiction, the book has similar themes of finding the positive way through hard times, caring about those who are different, and working with others in a kind and collaborative way.
From the Back Cover
"CeeGee's Gift is a novel that stuck with me and taught me valuable lessons on giving generously. I couldn't stop thinking about it."
--Anna, 13 "My daughter and I read CeeGee's Gift with our mother-daughter book club. It led to a very interesting discussion about childhood, facing difficulty, what it means to be gifted and how to deal with death. The novel is written in a way that allows young readers to consider large and important issues." --Kierstan, mother of a 12-year-old"As a host of an author interview series, I read a LOT of books. CeeGee's Gift captured my attention and took me to that small island town and into the lives of its residents. The sense of place and purpose is very strong." --Cari, Host of Chez Zee Author Series
About the Author
Joy Selak is an author, nonprofit leader and philanthropic advisor in Austin, TX. CeeGee's Gift is her second book. The first, You Don't LOOK Sick! was written while Joy was living with chronic illness, an experience that inspired the one act play, 'CeeGee's Gift', which evolved into this novel. Joy has received awards and commendations for her writing. Her play won the San Juan Islands Playwright's Festival, as well as the Audience Choice Award, in 1992. USABookNews named You Don't LOOK Sick! a Finalist for Best Health Book in 2005. Early manuscripts of the novel CeeGee's Gift were awarded Runner Up for Best Fiction in 2008 and Winner for Best Young Adult Fiction in 2010 by the Writer's League of Texas. Joy continues to write and looks forward to sharing her forthcoming stories with her readers. Learn more about Joy at her website: joywrites.com.