Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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‘Maggie’ Author to Present Student Assemblies and Workshops through Arts Partners Program

Grant Overstake is a new Teaching Artist for Arts Partners of Wichita. He will present student assemblies and writing workshops in Wichita and surrounding areas. (Photo by Carl Williams)

Grant Overstake is a new Teaching Artist for Arts Partners of Wichita. He will present student assemblies and writing workshops in Wichita and surrounding areas.

Grant Overstake, author of the young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, has joined Arts Partners of Wichita.

ArtsPartnersLogoAs a Teaching Artist, he will present assemblies and writing workshops for students from 4th grade through high school in Wichita and surrounding areas.

Arts Partners of Wichita is affiliated with the national Young Audiences Arts for Learning network. Its goal is to inspire creativity and learning by using the arts to enhance the classroom experience for students.

“I’m honored to be invited to join Arts Partners,” Overstake said. “It’s a privilege to be included on the list of the truly amazing local artists who devote their time and talents to help educate and inspire the next generation of creative thinkers.”

A Wichita native, Overstake attended Buckner Elementary, Brooks Jr. High, and Heights High School. His novel can be found on library shelves in public schools in the district as well as in local parochial schools. Continue reading

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‘Maggie’ Inspires Noted Kansas Author Tracy Million Simmons

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has received an enthusiastic Sunday Book Review from award-winning Kansas author Tracy Million Simmons.

 -- Tracy Million Simmons

“I was inspired and would recommend this book to all of my young reading friends…. It is a story that I think readers of all ages will appreciate.” — Author Tracy Million Simmons

A notable fixture on the Kansas authors’ scene, Simmons has been honored by the Kansas Arts Commission, the Kansas Voices Contest, and has been active in the Kansas Authors Club for more than a decade. In addition to writing, book reviewing and blogging, she also is the manager of the Emporia Farmers Market.

And, like the novel’s heroine, Maggie Steele, Simmons grew up on a Kansas family farm, helped with wheat harvests, and even showed lambs at the 4-H county fair!

“To have someone with Tracy’s roots and writing ability identify so deeply with Maggie and and the setting of Grain Valley is very meaningful to me,” said author Grant Overstake, who added, “Tracy’s new book, Tiger Hunting is also set in Kansas, and it’s a wonderful read.” Continue reading