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. Later I expanded the story to a novel set on the Texas coast where I spent my childhood summers and the manuscript continued to win competitions, as has the published novel.

CeeGee’s Gift is a novel that is meant to be read and shared by young and old. Set in a simple time on a small island along the Texas coastal bend, CeeGee’s Gift takes readers on a journey of generosity. 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 their entire future.

I hope that CeeGee, Mr. Tindale and the citizens of Southport mean as much to the readers of CeeGee’s Gift as they have to me. It is my desire that this story of kindness and generosity speaks to audiences of many ages, and sparks conversations on front porches and at kitchen tables.      


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CeeGee’s Gift

A Novel About Generosity



Many Books

Best Fiction April 2019


Writers League of Texas

Best Young Adult Novel 2010

What sets Selak’s novel apart from the rest is her superb storytelling skill. Selak creates an original novel by keeping readers enticed to know how the story unfolds and by continually provoking emotions from the reader. Selak does a very good job of creating likeable characters. Readers will find themselves falling in love with the characters of CeeGee and Mr. Tindale, in particular.
— Booklife Prize Review
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. The author uses the atmosphere of a small town community and its inhabitants as a medium for CeeGee to explore and share her gift. Readers of all ages will be challenged and inspired by this amazing novel.
— Authors Reading
As the author shares in her afterword, much work went into crafting this novel, and it shows. It’s a beautiful, entertaining story that was written with grace and care. It shares an important lesson for anyone beginning to search for their identity, purpose, and self worth. As an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed it (laughed and cried—and cried again). Perfect for reading with a son, daughter, or grandchild or a reading group of any age. Joy Selak, thank you for sharing one of your gifts.
— Amazon Purchaser, Amanda Rocks
I loved this story, it was engaging and pulled me right in—the prose is so honest and simple. I finished the book and then realized that each of my three teenagers, aged 13, 16, and 17, had passed it around and read it as well! So it’s definitely for all ages. Highly recommend.
— Amazon Reader Review
I chose a 5 star rating because there wasn’t a 10 star available. This book breaks your heart, lifts you up, gives you hope & smiles through your tears. I haven’t been this touched by a story in a long time. I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s amazing!
— Kindle Customer
CeeGee’s Gift should be read by all young people trying to figure out their place in the world. Selak’s ability to tell a story softly allows her to address difficult issues that confront most teens—self-confidence, belonging, and personal loss—in a manner that is both uplifting and hopeful. Her messages, imbedded in beautifully descriptive text, keep you turning the pages and put a smile on your face.
— Ellen Barton Morrison, children's author, retired medical writer