Maggie Vaults Over the Moon

Maggie to Appear at Kansas Book Festival

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Maggie Steele is headed to the Statehouse!

Author Grant Overstake will introduce his young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, to the book-loving people of Kansas at the Kansas Book Festival, to be held Saturday, Sept. 7th, on the grounds of the Kansas State Capitol building in Topeka.

KSHSAACOVERDesigned to “celebrate the best of Kansas literature, arts and history,” the free public event will offer a variety of activities for Kansans of all ages, including meet-the-author sessions, panel discussions, book signings and sales, and a special tent with projects for children.

The festival aims to promote literacy and to encourage a life-long love of reading by bringing authors, publishers and illustrators together with the people of Kansas.

“It’s just the right setting for a homegrown heroine like Maggie Steele,” Overstake said. “She can’t wait to be there!”

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon tells the story of Maggie Steele, a gutsy farm girl from tiny Grain Valley, Kan., who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter. Kirkus Reviews calls it, “A fine young adult novel about perseverance in sports and in life.”

Author Grant Overstake reads from 'Maggie Vaults Over the Moon' at a book signing at Watermark Books on April 7, 2013.

Grant Overstake reads from ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’ at Watermark Books on April 7, 2013.

Maggie has received lots of attention from other places, but she’s happiest about  the great response by the people of Kansas, including a wonderful reception at the signing and reading at Watermark Books in Wichita, and great write-ups from Kansas Publisher (Kansas Press Association); and the Kansas High School Activities Association Journal (K.S.H.S.A.A.), which featured the novel on the cover of its May edition.

“People from every corner of the state have let me know how much they love this true-to-life Kansas story with true-to-life Kansas characters,” Overstake added. “I can’t wait to introduce Maggie to even more Kansas readers.”

Overstake is delighted to be sharing a booth at the Kansas Book Festival with historian, writer and illustrator, Linda S. Johnston.

HopeAmidHardship_CvrComp_P7-330Her new book, Hope Amid Hardship: Pioneer Voices from Kansas Territory, which she researched, wrote and illustrated herself, is a beautiful and illuminating collection of journals and writings from everyday people in Kansas history dating back to the 1850s.

“Linda knows so much about the real-life everyday heroes in Kansas history, it’s amazing,” Overstake said. “I know that my storybook heroine, Maggie, is looking forward to sharing this big day with her. It’s going to be a special day for everyone.”

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is available in paperback or eBook and can be purchased through in the United States, Canada, China, Japan, United KingdomGermany, SpainFrance, and Italy. Maggie also is available at Australia’s premier online bookseller, Angus & Robertson, and at hundreds of local independent US booksellers near you.

Here’s a list of the authors and vendors scheduled to appear at the Kansas Book Festival, as of 8/12/2013:

Grant OverstakeMaggie Vaults Over the Moon

Linda JohnstonHope Amid Hardship: Pioneer Voices from Kansas Territory

Claire CatererThe Key and the Flame

Gladys Hargis You Live Forever

Janice Love1 + 1 + 10

Aaron Barnhart & Diane EickhoffThe Big Divide

Sharon HighbergerDancing with Depression

Tom MachAngels at Sunset

Ken BerryApples and Animals

Von KopfmanThe Letters Project Book: Letters to Loved Ones

Norman FulkersonAn American Knight

Shelly SimoneauSnake Tree

Janet Allison- Boys Alive!

Barry FeakerIn Darkness, A Light Still Shines

Richard CrooksFinding God Devotionals

Eunice BoeveThe Summer of the Crow

Dane ZellerSmart Shield

OC Browley- The Countdown to 12.13.13.

Steve PennCase for A  Pardon: The Pete O’Neal Story

Sharon Cranford- Kinship Concealed

Mary Ann Wittman- “Dog Tales” “Kitchen Table Tales” Series

Melvin Bruntzel- Quick Reference Guide to Kansas: Lost-Found-Missing Towns and Places With Selected Trivia and Truths

Brian HowellYou Have Been Invited!

David CarterMayday Over Wichita

Jesse LaBee- The First Day of School for Randy Willie Bumble Bee

Ken KappelmannThe Return of the Dragons

Nolan CarlsonSummer And Shiner Series

Anola PickettWhisper Island

Linda BetzFreefall

Sherry RobinsonAm I There Yet?

Other Vendors

Stallion Books- Bookstore

Usborne Books- Publisher

Kansas Writers’ Association

Scholastic Classroom & Community Group

Woodley Press

Rowe Publishing

State Library of Kansas

Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

University Press of Kansas

William Allen White Children’s Awards

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