Maggie Vaults Over the Moon

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Coach of the Year Recommends High-Flying ‘Maggie’


As track and field athletes prepare for regional and state championships, a national high school track coach of the year recommends the young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, to help inspire them on their personal quest for greatness.

National Coach of the Year Dennis Bolt recommends 'Maggie'

Coach Bolt recommends ‘Maggie’

Dennis Bolt has coached at Hillsboro (KS) High School for 25 years. And during that time, hundreds of his athletes have qualified for the state track meet, including 36 state champions! Bolt’s boys’ teams have won three class 3A team titles, and his girls’ teams have won two team titles.

In recognition, Bolt was honored as the National Federation Boys Coach of the Year in 2004.

Endorsement review from Coach Dennis Bolt:

“Whether a coach or athlete, you know that sport exemplifies the trials of life.

“Only through hard work and dedication can you receive an opportunity to achieve greatness when the opportunity arises. Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake exemplifies how a young person finds strength and inspiration after experiencing a great personal loss. Continue reading

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No. 1 Athlete Girl Book on Goodreads!

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Just in time for track season!

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is the No. 1 ranked Athlete Girl Book at Goodreads. This uplifting story for mid-grade to adults is a great gift idea for the young athlete in your life.

Get Maggie on paperback, ebook or audiobooks at

Have a great season! See you over the moon!

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Top AudioFile Reviewer Praises ‘Maggie’

AudioFile features a rave review of Tavia Gilbert's performance of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

There’s more great news in Grain Valley, Kansas!

Voice actress Tavia Gilbert’s performance of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has earned high praise from one of the world’s most screenshot-www audiofilemagazine com 2015-09-10 13-58-23respected reviewers at AudioFile, the standard of excellence in the audiobook industry.

Three-time Audies Award judge Susan G. Baird anoints Gilbert’s performance with superlatives such as “beautiful,” “engaging,” and “splendid,” in the new edition of the magazine, which includes Maggie on its list of recommended new audiobooks.

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Reviews: Aspiring Vaulter, Mom, Relish Road Trips with ‘Maggie’ on Audio by Tavia Gilbert


Aspiring pole vaulter Katie Wright and her mom Jennifer savored their travel time by listening to ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’ on audio book.

There’s a 40-minute, 31-mile stretch of Kentucky highway between Katie Wright’s home in Prospect and her pole-vault practices at Fuzion Athletics in Shelbyville, but the round trips were over waaay too soon for Katie and her mom Jennifer as they listened to Tavia Gilbert perform their favorite story on audio book, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

'Maggie' narrator Tavia Gilbert

‘Maggie’ narrator Tavia Gilbert

“Gilbert’s narration really drew us into the story and characters!” Jennifer writes in her review. “Often times we would stay in the car a few more minutes just to continue listening to the story!”

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake is the story of a gritty Kansas farm girl, Maggie Steele, who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter.

The story is brought to life by Tavia Gilbert, who has voiced more than 300 titles, garnering the industry’s highest honors, including six Audie nominations and an assortment of Earphones Awards.

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More Praise for Maggie Storyteller Tavia Gilbert!

MaggieWheatleyDreamHow did you spend your summer vacation?

A huge highlight for Margaret (Maggie) Wheatley was her dream visit to Grain Valley, Kansas. The South Florida resident traveled there by listening to Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on audio book performed by voice actress Tavia Gilbert.

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‘Maggie’ narrator Tavia Gilbert.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is already one of my forever-favorite books,” she said, “but being able to listen to the story brought back all the wonderful emotions of being read to when I was a child.”

“Tavia Gilbert is wonderful!” Maggie added. “It felt like I was actually living the story or experiencing it in a vivid dream.”

A narrator known for her talent and passionate professionalism, Tavia Gilbert has voiced more than 300 titles, garnering the industry’s highest honors, including six Audie nominations and an assortment of Earphones Awards. She has received fabulous reviews for her performance of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. Continue reading


Author Pays Tribute to His Legendary Coach Bob Timmons

That's me at left hoisting Timmie with my decathlon teammate, Steve Rainbolt, celebrating our Big 8 Championship in 1979.

That’s me at left hoisting Timmie with teammate, Steve Rainbolt, celebrating KU’s Big 8 Championship in 1979.

By Grant Overstake

My wife Claire and I are remembering the life of legendary KU Track and Field Coach Bob Timmons, who died August 4 at age 91.

Our lives were touched deeply by Timmie, who warmly welcomed us when we transferred to the University of Kansas in the winter of 1978. As 20-year-old newlyweds, we became the first married couple to compete for the track program.

KURelays100mDecathlon19792Claire was a standout sprinter/hurdler for Coach Theo Hamilton and I competed for Timmie in the decathlon. I wasn’t good enough to make the team in any one event but earned a pink and blue uniform by doing 10 events moderately well. Continue reading

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‘Mississippi Maggie’ Cheers Historic River Barge Vaulters!

It was a star-spangled day for NAME.

It was a high-flying day for Andrianna “Andy” Jacobs, who won the Youth Division with a vault of 13’4.25″, qualifying her for the USA Junior Nationals. While unofficial, the vault surpassed the Minnesota state record for high school girls. (Photos by Daniel Schraith.)

Paddle-wheels and pole-vaulters shared the Mighty Mississippi on July 4th at the LaCrosse River Vault. Adding to the excitement at the 6th annual event was the fact that it was the very first time that a pole-vault competition had ever been held on a river barge.

Cheering the vaulters was Maggie Steele, heroine of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

Wowza! Soaring pole-vaulters captivated the crowd at the La Cross Street Vault on July 4th. (Photos by Daniel Schraith.)

Wow-za! Soaring vaulters captivate the crowd at the La Cross Street Vault.

“Maggie was delighted to be invited back to one of the best street vaults in the nation, or should I now say, the only barge vault in the world,” said author Grant Overstake. Copies of his YA novel were awarded to top finishers in each category. He added, “It was a happy, historic day for everyone involved.

“Kudos to Jeremiah Burish and his crew for putting on a great, great show!”


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