This past Saturday I did something purely fun, purely educational and purely for me — I attended a one-day intensive “Novel Writing” Class. As a way to introduce ourselves our teacher, famed novelist Pamela Redmond Satran, asked us to introduce the rest of our classmates to a novel we read and enjoyed in 2010. I immediately thought of “Saving CeeCee Honeycutt,” written by Beth Hoffman. The novel made me laugh . . . out loud and often . . . when I wasn’t surreptitiously wiping away a tear. Twelve-year-old CeeCee, long-time caretaker of her tiara-wearing Mom, had a tough go of it in Willoughby, Ohio. With no friends her own age, an absentee father and a mentally unstable mother, she was shunned by kids her own age and most of the adults. Rather than give up and give in to despair, CeeCee read voraciously, studied fiercely and counted on the friendship of her elderly neighbor to make it through.
After a tragic event occurs, CeeCee’s father packs her up and sends her off to live with her long-lost Great-Aunt Tootie; relocating from the frozen North to the steamy South, CeeCee begins to blossom. She rebounds from emotional and physical poverty under the watchful eyes of a cast of strong, eccentric Southern women. These unforgettable characters teach CeeCee how to live a life rich in adventure and love. Blossoming under their collective care and concern, CeeCee puts her past to rest and embraces her future in Savannah, Georgia.
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