Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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Sport Psychologist Helps Vaulters and Coaches Cope with COVID-19 Shutdown

Sport psychologist ‘Doctor Coach’ Melissa White helps athletes achieve their goals on the runway and in life. She created a video for pole-vault coaches with suggestions on how to help athletes cope with closed runways and broken dreams. (Photo by Megan Zeller/Mile Split)

GREENSBURG, PA. — It’s been a heartbreaking spring for athletes whose sports seasons were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a pole-vault coach with a doctorate in sport psychology has a prescription to help cope with the ongoing crisis.

“Doctor Coach” Melissa White has been making virtual “house calls” to help athletes process their grief and prepare for whatever comes next. Her Performance Edge Consulting practice helps athletes overcome obstacles and achieve their goals, even in a time of historic hardship and uncertainty.

“Anything you can say that can keep your athletes focused and mentally ready for the sport and looking forward to it is going to be the best option for them,” Dr. White says.

When she’s not teaching 6th Grade English at Wendover Middle School, White is the high school and middle school pole-vault and javelin coach at Hempfield Area High School in the Pittsburgh Metro Area in Western Pennsylvania. She also spent this past fall as the mental performance coach for the school’s varsity football team.

White recently posted a video specifically for pole-vault coaches with suggestions on how to help athletes cope with closed runways and broken dreams. The video is free to watch by following this link.

“Our athletes rely on us and depend on us during every training session, practice session and every competition and we need to there for them at this time.” (Photos by Derrick Cleveland)

“We’re dealing with a crazy, unprecedented situation right now,” says White. “There are no books, no guidelines, no articles on how to deal with sport during a worldwide pandemic. We’re all trying to figure this out as we go along. I’ve had a lot of coaches and athletes reach out the me. And I thought I’d share some of what I’ve shared with them with you.

“One of the things that coaches have asked me is, ‘What should I should say to my athletes? I’m just unsure how to approach the situation.’ Several of the coaches have said, ‘I’ve said nothing. I didn’t want to share the wrong thing.’ That’s not the right answer.”

Since the pandemic shut-down, White has met with senior athletes who lost their seasons through virtual online meetings. Each of them have issues to cope with, depending on how committed they were to their sport, and what their future holds once things get back to normal-ish. Continue reading


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Make it a Maggie Christmas!

Give the teens on your list the hope-filled gift of a Maggie Christmas.

 “A fine young adult novel about perseverance in sports and in life.” — KIRKUS

Looking for a motivational gift this holiday season?

Inspire them with a Maggie Christmas!

"I've probably read it more than 20 times. I will never get tired of reading it over and over again and again," writes Taylor Millsap, 14, of Illinois.

“I will never get tired of reading it over and over again and again.” — Taylor Millsap.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is the story of a courageous teen, Maggie Steele, who finds the strength to overcome a tragedy and rise to new heights as a pole-vaulter. It’s epic!

Kirkus Reviews calls the story, “A fine young adult novel about perseverance in sports and in life.”

Hope over hardship is the central message of  Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

“Maggie transported me back to my childhood..." -- John Rinkenbaugh.

“Maggie instantly transported me back to my childhood.” — John Rinkenbaugh.

Maggie instantly transported me back to my childhood,” writes John Rinkenbaugh, a TV producer and former Kansas farm boy. “It will translate to anyone who allows themselves to be young at heart.”

Do you have someone on your list who needs to be inspired this holiday season?

Chicken Soup for the Soul and Guideposts contributor, Nancy Julien Kopp says Maggie  is “Heartwarming and realistic, this book is a winner!”

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon can be sent as an eBook or gift-wrapped paperback, along with your personalized message, through Amazon.com. The book also is available direct from Grain Valley Publishing.

Order your copies today!

Future greats Kendall Reynolds, left, and Zoe Bechard with three-time Olympian Earl Bell.


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To Grandmother’s House We Go, with ‘Maggie’ on Audio

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Never underestimate the power of a grandparent’s presence in the life of a grandchild, especially when they need someone to confide in.

grandmotherteenIn her darkest hour, Maggie walks the well-worn footpath to Grandma’s old farmhouse next door. A great listener, Grandma nods. Yes, life is hard sometimes, and, yes it’s true, we don’t always know why bad things happen. “But I’m knowing the highest and best for you,” Grandma says, inspiring Maggie to discover within herself the healing power of love, and of a great quest fulfilled.

At a time when so many stories for tweens and teens make the world seem hopeless, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has been praised for its hopeful message. According to Kirkus Reviews, “[The] novel exudes sweetness… it feels as if it takes place in another era, as it lacks the dark edge seen in other popular YA [young adult] stories.”

Thank You for Voting! Maggie is the No. 1 rated Athlete Girl Book on Goodreads!

A wonderful way to enjoy this story at home or while traveling is by sharing the audiobook performance of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon narrated by Tavia Gilbert, an award-winning voice actress who has performed more than 300 audiobooks. Gilbert’s performance as Maggie earned rave reviews from AudioFile, the industry’s premier magazine.

You can be listening to this amazing performer this story in a matter of minutes because the audiobook is ready for download at Downpour, Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound. The library version is at BlackstoneAudio.com.

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


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Video: Maggie Author Visits ‘The Snake Pit’ in Granite Bay, CA

Masters vaulters soared at the Snake Pit Pole Vault Meet in Granite Bay, CA. From left: Wilson Soohoo, Gary Wuest, Rick Harmon, Nathan Patterson, Windzell Thomas, George Patterson, Joe Petrofsky, Rick Harper, Doug Osland, Ken Fraser, and Mike Hochderffer.

GRANITE BAY, CA. — One of the great thrills of authoring Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is sharing the book at vault clubs and camps around the world.

Last month, we visited the Snake Pit pole vault facility in Granite Bay, CA.

There I met masters champions Michael Hoffderffer, Doug Osland and other seniors who are still vaulting over the moon! They invited me to jump with them and coached me to a new personal record (for age 62)!

Maggie with the masters at the Snake Pit. From left: Gary Wuest, Grant Overstake, Doug Osland, Michael Hochderffer, and Windzell Thomas.

I came away with a personal record, a spiffy Snake Pit tee-shirt, a bunch of new friends, and a deep appreciation for a unique sport that connects and keeps us #GrowingBolder together. Thanks guys! We’ll see you again soon, over the moon!

Presenting Maggie Vaults Over the Moon at your club, camps and street vaults is an exciting way to inspire and reward your athletes. Post photos of your ‘Maggie Award Winners” on social media and we’ll share them on Facebook, Twitter and Maggie’s blog.

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Maggie’s Tavia Gilbert Earns ‘Audie’ Audiobook Industry’s Highest Award

‘Maggie’ voice actress and producer Tavia Gilbert is a marquee talent in the audiobook world.

GRAIN VALLEY, KAN. — Folks in this iconic farming community are bursting with pride these days, because their favorite voice actress, Tavia Gilbert, has been named Best Female Narrator at this year’s Audie Awards, the highest honor in the audiobook industry!

The 22nd annual Audies Gala was held at New York City on June 1st. Awards were given in 27 categories including Audiobook of the Year. Gilbert, who brought Grain Valley to life in Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake, is among the greatest performers in the world of audiobooks, as selected by the Audio Publishers Association.

She won the Audie for her performance of the novel, Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson. Other nominees in the category were Robin Miles, Juliet Stevenson, Bahni Turpin, and Emma Thompson.

“Tavia Gilbert is every author’s dream performer,” said Overstake, who added, “She makes Maggie and Grain Valley’s cast of characters come to life. She puts her heart and soul into everything she does, and everybody in the business knows it, and everyone who listens to her can feel it, too.”

Gilbert’s “Be Frank With Me” earned a Best Female Narrator Audie Award.

Tavia received a slew of positive reviews for the audiobook version of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, released in 2015 by Blackstone Audio, the nation’s largest independent audiobook distributor. Gilbert and author Grant Overstake “make a great duo” according to reviewer Kira Moody, a librarian in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Three-time Audies Award judge Susan G. Baird anointed Gilbert’s performance with superlatives such as “beautiful,” “engaging,” and “splendid,” in AudioFile magazine, which included Maggie on its list of recommended new audiobooks. Read full review at AudioFile.

 

Gilbert’s reading of “Maggie” earned a rave review from AudioFile.

With advancements in smartphone technology, the audiobook industry is growing exponentially, as more and more people are downloading books to their phones and listening as they travel. For teen athlete Katie Wright and her mom, Jennifer, the 31-mile stretch of highway between Prospect, Kentucky and Katie’s pole-vault practices at Fuzion Athletics in Shelbyville went by waaay too soon as they listened to Tavia Gilbert perform Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

Katie and Jennifer Wright enjoyed Maggie on audiobook.

“Since my daughter was very little one of my favorite parenting memories was reading to her. We still love to share books together but sometimes struggle to find the time,” mom said. “We discovered on the long drive to practice how great it is to listen to an audiobook together.

“Gilbert’s narration really drew us into the story and characters!” Jennifer adds in her review. “Often times coming home we would stay in the car a few more minutes just to continue listening to the story. While we loved the happy ending, we were sad that the story ended and we no longer shared part of our day with Maggie together.”

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is the magical story of Maggie Steele, a gritty farm girl who rebounds after tragedy, reaching high achevement as a pole-vaulter. Kirkus Reviews calls it, “A fine young adult novel about perseverance in sports and in life.”

The audiobook can be downloaded from Audible and is available in audio, paperback and ebook at Amazon, Indiebound and many other sites.

 


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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.

Read full review at AudioFile.

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

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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


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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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Maggie to Join the Fireworks at La Crosse River Vault

'Maggie' will share the awards stand at the 6th annual La Crosse River Vault.

‘Maggie’ will share the awards stand at the La Crosse River Vault Saturday.

Fireworks will light up the sky this 4th of July and so will the pole-vaulters at the 6th Annual River Vault competition in La Crosse, Wis.

Elite champion Leslie Brost celebrates her payday with event organizer Jeremiah Burish.

Last year’s Elite champ Leslie Brost with Jeremiah Burish and Maggie.

Thousands of spectators are expected to watch some 65 athletes from all over the Midwest compete in six different categories Saturday. Joining in the patriotic celebration will be All-American Maggie Steele, the storybook heroine of the inspiring novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

“Maggie’s delighted to be invited back to one of the best street vault events in the nation!” said author Grant Overstake.

Last year's Street Vault became a Vaulter Magazine calendar page. Shown: Masters vaulter Jamie Steffen, Fuzion Athletics.

Last year’s Street Vault became a Vaulter Magazine calendar page.

The River Vault takes place on the annual July 4th Riverfest, where upwards of 20,000 people gather to enjoy the many festivities, activities, and of course, delicious food. Riverfest is highlighted by a top-notch fireworks show in Riverside Park, making the River Vault a great event to watch while fest-goers stake out their seats early for the fireworks.

The runway will be set up in Riverside Park on the bank of the Mississippi River, which serves as a walking path and docking station for the paddle-wheeler boats that travel from Minneapolis to St. Louis.

The vaulting runway will be on a giant barge near the docking station for the paddle-wheeler boats that travel from Minneapolis to St. Louis.

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