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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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Take Flight this Summer with ‘Maggie’ on Audio!

AudiobookMonth2Thanks to superstar voice actress Tavia Gilbert, every month is Audiobook Appreciation Month here in Grain Valley, Kansas! To honor Tavia and all the awesome voice actors and actresses out there, we’ve been giving away downloads of Tavia’s performance of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon every week during June, which is officially Audiobook Appreciation Month.

TAVIATEASERLISTENNOWOur final-week winners are: Paul Paire of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania,  and Michelle Gard Wilgers of Wichita, Kansas!

Other winners Nick Vogt of Meadow Vista, California; Kay Hoch Metzinger of Eldorado, Kansas; Quinton Adrian Thomas of Newton, Kansas; and, Olympic pole-vault champion Allan Williams of London, United Kingdom.

Author Grant Overstake says, “Thanks to everyone who entered the contest! Audiobooks are more popular now than ever. If you’ve never listened, summertime is the perfect time to try one out. And, of course, you should start by soaring with ‘Maggie’ performed by Tavia Gilbert.”

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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‘Fabulous’ Review for Tavia Gilbert’s ‘Maggie’

Voice actress Tavia Gilbert earned an outstanding review for her performance of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.Voice actress Tavia Gilbert has received another outstanding review for her performance of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake, this time from prolific reviewer Jennie Mortarotti on her blog, Narrator Reviews and Audiobooks


Jennie Moratorotti

Jennie Mortarotti

If you haven’t had the pleasure of listening to an audiobook read by Tavia Gilbert, do yourself a treat and listen to any of the 300 audiobooks she has narrated. Ms. Gilbert has a beautiful voice and reading style. Her male characters are simply amazing, to the point you forget that only one person is reading. Ms Gilbert’s artful interpretation of each character regardless of age or gender is superb. Words fail to express the powerful presentation Ms.Gilbert accomplishes narrating this book. Continue reading

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Voice Actress and Author Share ‘Maggie’ Review Spotlight

Reviewer Kira Moody is Youth Services Librarian at the Salt Lake City Library.

Reviewer Kira Moody is Youth Services Librarian at the Salt Lake City Library.

Prolific voice actress Tavia Gilbert and premiering author Grant Overstake share the spotlight in a 4.5-star review of the audiobook version of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. 

Tavia Gilbert

Tavia Gilbert

The reader and writer make “a great duo” according to reviewer Kira Moody, Youth Services Librarian the Salt Lake County Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Moody writes, “Narrator Tavia Gilbert brings her long list of experience to a well-written book. The characters are well-developed and are easily brought to life with Tavia’s unique voices.”

Moody’s is the first national review for the new audiobook, which was released on March 31st by Blackstone Audio, the nation’s largest independent audiobook distributor.

Grant Overstake

Grant Overstake

The young adult novel Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is the story of Maggie Steele, a gritty farm girl who rebounds after a family tragedy, soaring to new heights as a pole-vaulter.

Moody writes, “The handling of a hard topic [teenage grief] amongst the backdrop of school life is easily navigated and is tactfully done.” Continue reading

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Today’s the Last Day to Enter Maggie Christmas Giveaway

ChristmasTreeADCroppedDo you know someone who needs hope and inspiration this holiday season? Today, Wednesday, December 18th, is the last day to enter the Maggie Christmas Giveaway.

Author Grant Overstake would like to send gift copies of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon to people who need it most, and he’s asking for your help to find them

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In 100 words or less, tell us why Maggie Vaults Over the Moon would be an uplifting gift for someone you know. Without identifying the person by name or revealing anything that could violate their privacy, tell us what’s going on in this person’s life and why you think they would be comforted by the story.

Three entries will be selected at midnight tonight, central time. Winners will be contacted privately. The books will be autographed by the author and dedicated with your personal message, then gift wrapped and shipped to the recipient to arrive before Christmas. Continue reading