Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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Introducing Maggie’s Voice! (Part 1)

Narrator Interview- Tavia Gilbert, Part 1Maggie says, “Here’s the first installment of a two-part interview on the Tattle blog with Tavia Gilbert, who will enter her studio soon to perform Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on audiobook! I can’t wait to hear her tell my story, can you? Stay tuned for more details!


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Maggie Soars to NY State Indoor with Warsaw Club Vaulters

State-bound vaulters from the Warsaw Pole Vault Club. Front Row: Karmen Auble, Warsaw senior, 12-7 PR, Section 5 record holder. Middle Row: Aubrey Rockoff, Amherst sophomore, 10-3 PR; Nick Faber, Greece Olympia senior, 14-0 PR; Sarah Bronk, Our Lady of Mercy senior, 9-6 PR. Back Row: Ben Jackson, Kenmore East junior, 12-6 PR; Trevor Koch, Frontier junior, 13-6 PR; Max Curran, Williamson senior, 14-7 PR; Kevin Palmisano, Canandaigua junior, 13-3 PR. [Courtesy photo]

WARSAW, New York — Storybook heroine Maggie Steele will be traveling to the New York State Indoor meet this weekend with eight vaulters who are ready to soar.

State qualifiers from the Warsaw Pole Vault Club (PVP) received copies of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon as motivational awards in their state meet travel packages.

The NYPSHSAA State Indoor will be held Saturday, March 1, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

PoleVaultPlaygroundLogoIn the young adult novel by Grant Overstake, a gutsy farm girl from tiny Grain Valley, Kansas overcomes hardships and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter. The novel climaxes at the Kansas State Track and Field Championships, the largest track meet in the nation.

The story has been endorsed by US Olympians and coaches for its inspiring message to young people, including Warsaw Club Coach Michael Auble, who liked the story so much he wanted all of his state qualifiers to have a copy.

“I can’t think of a better book to put in the hands of a state-bound pole vaulter,” Overstake said. “After reading about Maggie, I know these athletes will be ready to soar.” Continue reading


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Pole-Vault World Rallies for Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign

TaviaGilbertHeaderWithWords Tavia Gilbert has agreed to perform Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on audiobook!

Maggie Vaults Over the MoonMany of the biggest names in the worldwide pole-vaulting community have rallied behind the crowdfunding campaign to cover Tavia’s expenses, donating camp slots and other cool stuff for contributors, like you.

An Olympic-caliber talent, Tavia has been nominated six times for the Audie Award, which is equal to the Academy Award in her profession!

Author Grant Overstake says, “Having Maggie presented on audiobook by a great performer like Tavia will have a huge impact on our favorite sport.

“And, with regard to the perks and freebies we’ve lined up for people who step up and donate to the campaign, all I can say is — be prepared to be blown away.”

The 30-day fund-raising event begins March 1st.

Stay tuned for further details!


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Maggie to Inspire Teens at ‘Dream Big Conference’

Inspirational Maggie has been invited to the Big Dream Conference in Edmonton, Alberta.

Maggie has been invited to the Big Dream Conference in Edmonton, Alberta.

EDMONTON, ALBERTA — Eleven motivational speakers will speak at the Dream Big Conference for Teen Girls and Parents. Joining them will be Maggie Steele, the inspirational storybook pole-vaulter and farm girl from Grain Valley, Kansas.

Dream Big Conference organizer Sheila Hordal and her daughters, left, and Kassandra.

Dream Big Conference organizer Sheila Hordal with daughters, Bryanne, left, and Kassandra.

The conference, on Sunday February 9th, is designed to help teen girls find role models and resources to help them achieve more than they ever thought they could. Parents also will learn how to help their daughters be successful.

Conference organizer Sheila Hordal will present multiple copies of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon at the conference, which has drawn media attention — and an enthusiastic endorsement from the Premier of Alberta.

“This is a tremendous honor for Maggie,” Author Grant Overstake said. “For her to be lifted up as a role model at a conference dedicated to motivating teen girls is simply breathtaking.” Continue reading


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Happy Kansas Day! ‘Maggie’ Celebrates Her Vault into Kansas History

HappyBirthdayKansasWave the Wheat, Jayhawkers!

Today is Kansas Day, marking the admission of Kansas as the 34th state in the Union on January 29, 1861.

StateSealWe’re also celebrating the fact that Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has found its place on the bookshelves of Kansas history.

The teen sports novel has been added to the Wulfmeyer Special Collections section of the Wichita Public Library.

The Wulfmeyer Special Collection contains books about Kansas pioneers and cowboys and others who shaped the bold history of the Sunflower State. The collection also includes the inspiring story of Maggie Steele, the gutsy farm girl from fictional Grain Valley, Kansas, who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights through the daring sport of pole-vaulting. Continue reading


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Goodreads Review: The World Needs More Maggies!

Thanks to Maggie's newest friend, Jolene Frook, for a 5-Star Review on Goodreads!

Thanks to Maggie’s newest friend, Jolene Frook, for a 5-Star Review on Goodreads!


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Here’s to Your Highest and Best in 2014!

Maggie says, “I’m knowing the highest and best for you in 2014! Set your goals high! I’ll meet you over the moon!”