Maggie Vaults Over the Moon

Psychologist Recommends ‘Maggie’ for Teens Seeking Direction During ‘Storm and Stress of Adolescence’

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[Timothy M. Tays, PhD, posted the following review on]
5.0 out of 5 stars
Author sails over the bar with his first young adult novel
In writing classes we are taught that writers should write what they know. Grant Overstake, author of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, is clearly intimate with his subject. He has written a fast paced, emotionally engaging YA [young adult] novel set in rural Kansas. Maggie Vaults Over the MoonThe characters are unique and believable–farm kids and small town athletes–and they propel the plot from tragedy to triumph. The setting certainly rings true, from hard farm life to small and huge track meets. It does not surprise me that such a fine story has emerged from Grant Overstake. I knew him as a teammate and friend on the University of Kansas track team in the 1970s (along with Steve Rainbolt, the current Wichita State University head coach mentioned in the story). Grant was as kind as he was hardworking, and embodied the determination and wholesomeness he placed in his young protagonist, Maggie Steele. Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is an intimate read, and I highly recommend it for all teens, especially those seeking direction during the storm and stress of adolescence.

Dr. Timothy M. Tays, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Scottsdale, Arizona. He specializes in treating anxiety disorders and depression using cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy (CBT), which is particularly effective and long lasting. He also treats prenatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, adjustment disorder, stress, and chronic impression management (i.e., “The Chameleon Complex”). A former standout on the KU track team, Dr. Tays is still an avid runner and the author of the soon-to-be-published memoir, Wannabe Distance God: The Thirst, Angst, and Passion of Running in the Chase Pack.

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