CeeGee's Gift: A Novel About Generosity

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Jennifer Braham, Brink Creative

What People are Saying

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-year-old girl
My daughter and I read CeeGee’s Gift in 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 daughter
I enjoyed CeeGee’s Gift so much. It is a very sweet, poignant story. I grew up in Texas and so many of the areas CeeGee biked were familiar to me from childhood. When I visited Port A after many years, the marsh was a new treasure for me and my family.
— Kathleen, grandmother of 5
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


My interest in Young Adult readers goes way back, to a PhD Dissertation on the 'Image of the Family in Young Adult Literature', and years of teaching middle school Language Arts.

The heart of this story came to me in a flash, much like CeeGee’s Knowings. I wrote it quickly and submitted CeeGee’s Gift as a one-act-play to the San Juan Islands Playwright’s Festival in 1992. It was one of six winners and was produced for the stage. It then won the Audience Choice Award.

I expanded the story to a novel set on the Texas coast where I spent my childhood summers and again entered competitions through the Writer’s League of TexasCeeGee’s Gift was Runner Up for Best Fiction in 2008 and the Winner for Best Young Adult Novel in 2010.

CeeGee is now ready to go out into the world and I hope that CeeGee and the citizens of Southport mean as much to the readers as they have to me. It is my desire that this story speaks to readers of many ages, and sparks conversations on front porches and kitchen tables.                                                                                                       

- Joy Selak, Author