Maggie Vaults Over the Moon

1 Comment

Maggie Gets an ‘A’ from Award-Winning Kansas Poet and Creative Writing Teacher


“Overstake gets everything right about Kansas,” writes Diane Wahto, who grew up in Baxter Springs, located near the setting for ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’. “It is sweet to read about a land I knew so well,” she adds.

Maggie Steele tells her own story in the novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

Award-winning poet Diane Wahto

Diane Wahto

An award-winning poet and creative writing teacher says Maggie deserves an “A” for her inspiring, first-person read.

Maggie hums along like a well-oiled, wonderfully written machine,” writes Diane Wahto, in a recent five-star review on Goodreads.

“That’s remarkably high praise,” says author Grant Overstake. “Diane is a poet’s poet and a writer’s writer, and she’s from Kansas. I’m truly humbled and really happy that she enjoyed the story.”


Read Maggie’s reviews on Goodreads.

Maggie has been endorsed by Olympic athletes, school counselors, and the Kansas State High School Activities Association for its positive message for young people. Now add to this list a stellar review from Wahto, one of Kansas’ most distinguished poets and writing instructors. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Maggie Soars to New Heights at Kansas Book Festival!

'Maggie' author Grant Overstake is visited at the Kansas Book Festival by the Poet Laureate of Kansas, Wyatt Townley, and her author husband, Roderick. "There are some very big ideas in this book," she said.

‘Maggie’ author Grant Overstake was visited at the Kansas Book Festival by Wyatt Townley, Poet Laureate of Kansas, and her husband, Roderick, also a noted author. “There are some big ideas in this book,” she said.

TOPEKA, Kan. — Even without her pole-vaulting pole, Maggie Steele soared to amazing new heights at the Kansas Book Festival.

KansasBookFestivalLogoAuthor Grant Overstake introduced his young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, at the event, held Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Kansas State Capitol.

“It was an unforgettable, amazing experience,” Overstake said. “The people I got to meet, I can’t believe it. I’m still pinching myself.”

Designed to “celebrate the best of Kansas literature, arts and history,” the festival promotes literacy and encourages a life-long love of reading by bringing authors, publishers and illustrators together with the book-loving people of Kansas.

Maggie Wright, 12, of Topeka, found a book with her name on it!

Maggie Wright, 12, of Topeka, found an awesome book with her name on it!

Overstake, of Wichita, shared a booth with historian, writer and illustrator, Linda S. Johnston. A resident of Virginia, Johnston’s book, Hope Amid Hardship: Pioneer Voices from Kansas Territory, is a beautiful and illuminating collection of journals and writings from everyday people in Kansas history dating back to the 1850s.


Overstake shared a booth with historian, writer and illustrator, Linda S. Johnston.

Continue reading