Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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Maggie Readers Prep for ‘Battle of the Books’

Members of the Battle of the Books teams from Holy Spirit Catholic School with author Grant Overstake. Front row from left: Jack Spottedhorse, Makenna Ricke, Anna Arnold, and Cohen Ayres. Back row: Ebben Miller, Lexi Hays, Kennedy Gottschalk, Bridget Doerneman, and Alex Delavega.

Teams from Church of the Holy Spirit School are prepped and ready for the annual Battle of the Books competition which will test their knowledge of this year’s great reads, including Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. Front row from left: Jack Spottedhorse, Makenna Ricke, Anna Arnold, and Cohen Ayres. Back row: Ebben Miller, Lexi Hays, Kennedy Gottschalk, Bridget Doerneman, and Alex Delavega.

After months and months of intense reading, the brainy bookworms from Church of the Holy Spirit School are prepped and ready for the Battle of the Books competition in the Wichita Diocese Catholic Schools.

Maggie fan is prepped and ready for the Battle of the Books competition.

Super Maggie fan Lexi Hays is prepped and ready for the Battle of the Books.

The annual reading contest for 5th and 6th graders begins this week in the diocese, which includes 25 elementary schools in south central Kansas.

The Jeopardy-like team competition will test their knowledge of this year’s titles, including Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Wichita author Grant Overstake.

Overstake met with youngsters from Church of the Holy Spirit School to help them prepare for competition, and to share a little about the process of writing a novel.

“There’s no way to know in advance what questions they’ll be asked, so we spent time reviewing the characters, setting, plot, and themes,” he said, adding, “It was inspiring to see how excited they are about reading. This is a great program.”

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National School of Character Counselor Endorses ‘Maggie’

Barbara Gruener, a school counselor at one of the US’s premier National Schools of Character, has endorsed Maggie Vaults Over the Moon because of the novel’s positive, character-building message for young people.

The_Corner_On_CharacterMaggie’s review appears on Gruener’s The Corner on Character blog, which she created “to showcase people and experiences that corner the market on character and make the world a better place.”

In addition to brightening the blogosphere with uplifting messages, Gruener has helped make the world a better place by coaching students at Westwood Elementary School in Friendswood, Texas, to National School of Character status.

National Schools of Character are schools and districts that have demonstrated through a rigorous evaluation process that character development has had a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate. They serve as models for other schools, helping them to achieve the same results. Continue reading