GRAIN VALLEY, Kan. — Folks around here are still searching for the right words to express how thrilled they are that Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is on sale now at Australia’s premier online bookseller, Angus & Robertson.
“Gee-whiz, I mean, Crikey!” said author Grant Overstake, before stifling himself. “I’ve probably offended half the country, so I’ll stop pretending I know how to speak Strine, which I obviously don’t.
“But I do know that I’m delighted that Maggie’s now reaching one of the world’s greatest countries for pole-vaulting. In fact, they even have a pole-vault postage stamp!”
Maggie Vaults Over the Moon tells the story of Maggie Steele, a gutsy Kansas farm girl who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter. The novel has been endorsed by US Olympic vaulters and others around the world who identify with the book’s inspiring message for young people.
“So many Australian youngsters are passionate about vaulting, especially girls,” Overstake added. “I can’t wait for them to know that Maggie has arrived in their country.”
Australia boasts many great current and former vaulters. Steve Hooker won gold at the Beijing Olympic Games; and Alana Boyd a London Olympian and Commonwealth Champion, is a world-class vaulter in her own right. And of course, there’s the country’s legendary great, Kim Howe.
Maggie already has made some very good Facebook friends Down Under, especially at the East & West PV Club, which is coached by one of the world’s great pole-vault historians, coaches, and sport artists, Phillip C. Carrero.
Overstake is asking all of her Aussie friends to help Maggie soar. “As they say, we need to get this out on the bush wire, which means, to tell everyone and everybody, that Maggie has come to Australia. I’m also hoping that folks will log on to the Angus & Robertson site and write some reviews!”
Regardless of where you live, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is an inspiring read, for fourth graders to adults.
From now through August, the author will make a donation to the Kansas High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) Sports Hall of Fame for each copy sold at the Watermark store, located at Douglas and Oliver in Wichita, or via the Watermark website.