CeeGee's Gift: A Novel About Generosity
What People are Saying
WINNER WRITERS' LEAGUE OF TEXAS
BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
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 Texas. CeeGee’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