Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


Maggie Fan Kimbrook Tennal Inducted to Sports Hall of Fame

Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Inductee Kimbrook Tennal sits with his Centralia HS vaulters Breanna Schmitz and Dylan Boeckman at the 2018 state track meet in Wichita. Both finished as 1A state champions adding to his long list of gold medal winners. (Photo by Julie Perry Marysville Advocate)
Coach Kimbrook Tennal

TOPEKA, Kan. – One of Maggie Steele’s biggest fans and greatest-ever pole-vault coaches, Kimbrook Tennal of Centralia, has been named to the Class of 2020 Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame.

Tennal, who retired this past summer, coached volleyball, basketball as well as track in his 43-year tenure at Nemaha Valley and Centralia High Schools.

Perhaps the biggest tribute ever written about the young adult sports novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon came from Coach Tennal, who wrote these words as a moonlighting sports columnist for the Centralia’s weekly newspaper, The Courier-Tribune:

“I loved the book and I wish I had written it,” Tennal wrote. “I consider that about as high a compliment on the book as I can make.”

“Maggie counts Coach Tennal as one of her all-time best supporters,” said author Grant Overstake. “His records as a coach speak for itself, and his success as a pole-vault coach is over the moon. His impact on the lives of the hundreds of young people he coached can’t be measured. Certainly, he is worthy of the state’s highest award.”

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Thanks to everyone who entered the Maggie Gift Book Giveaway. It was heartwarming to read your thoughtful essays, from as far away as Australia! Gift-wrapped copies of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon will be sent to prize-winner’s friends and loved ones in time for them to wake up to a Maggie Christmas.

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There’s still time for you to share Maggie’s inspiring message with someone in your life this holiday season.

 Friends and family have become the top influencers in the book selections of children and young adult readers, which explains why Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has been selling in multiple orders, five and 10 copies at a time.

 “Coaches are buying multiple copies for their athletes and grandparents are also buying copies for their teenage grandchildren,” said author Grant Overstake. “Mentors are delighted to discover that Maggie is a novel they can feel great about giving.” Continue reading