Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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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)
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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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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.”

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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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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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Star-Spangled Vaulters Soar at River Vault

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Kaitlyn Ganrude navigates the barge runway at the River Vault. (By Daniel Scraith).

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Daring athletes in red, white and blue soared to new heights at the 7th Annual River Vault, held July 3-4.

A rubberized pole-vault runway and landing pad were mounted on a 125-foot by 50-foot barge moored to the river bank. The crowd went bonkers as nearly 80 athletes from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Wisconsin soared above the river.

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Matt Dietlin waves to the crowd at the River Vault, held on the Mississippi River.

“What an amazing weekend!” said event organizer Jeremiah Burish, Director of Sales at La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We had incredible competition, high energy, and great costumes. The vaulters rang the bell 24 times to celebrate their personal bests!”

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Smiling Sarah Ward rings the bell after a personal record vault.

Also cheering the competitors, in spirit, was Maggie Steele, the storybook heroine of the young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.  In what has become a River Vault tradition, copies of the inspiring novel were awarded to winners in each category.

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Star-Spangled Anna Davis won the overall Best Dressed Vaulter Award.

“Maggie was delighted to be invited back to the only barge vault in the world,” said author Grant Overstake. “Kudos to Jeremiah and his crew for putting on another great show.” Continue reading


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Star-spangled champions earned first place trophies and copies of ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’ at last year’s River Vault held on a ginormous barge on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wis.

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Pole-vaulters will compete on a giant river barge in front of thousands of cheering spectators here at the 7th Annual River Vault, to be held July 3rd and 4th on the waters of the Mississippi River.

Last year, soaring pole-vaulters captivated the crowd at the River Vault. (Photos by Daniel Schraith.)

Pole-vaulters captivated the crowd at the 2015 River Vault.

Event organizer Jeremiah Burish says, “Don’t miss your chance to get LARGE on a BARGE!”

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“The River Vault is a big stage with great competition,” said Burish, Director of Sports Sales at the La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The great crowd, fast runway, and electric atmosphere combine to make a recipe conducive for lifetime personal bests.”

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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.

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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.

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‘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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