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‘Maggie’ Author Grant Overstake Pens New YA Novel, ‘The Real Education of TJ Crowley’ (Free Chapter 1 Download)

Author Grant Overstake presents an author talk and book signing for his new young adult novel, “The Real Education of TJ Crowley”.

WICHITA, Kan. — An enthusiastic crowd gathered at Watermark Books & Cafe to celebrate the release of author Grant Overstake’s highly anticipated new young adult novel, The Real Education of TJ Crowley. The book has received fine endorsements and reviews and is now on sale at booksellers nationwide and around the world.

Click to download Chapter One of  The Real Education of TJ Crowley

Overstake, author of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, expressed his gratitude for the support he received in writing his second book, which was released Nov. 5, 2018 by Grain Valley Publishing Co.

Maggie has become modern classic in the worldwide pole-vaulting community since it was published in 2012. Olympians endorsed the book and coaches have purchased copies to inspire their young vaulters. Maggie was named “National Book of the Week” by BookWorks; Audie Award-winning voice actress Tavia Gilbert earned top reviews for her audiobook performance of the story from AudioFile magazine; and the story was a “Too Cool for School” read by Publishers Weekly.

As a Teaching Artist for Arts Partners in Wichita, Overstake presents student assemblies to 3rd through 5th graders called “Don’t Quit, Use Grit!” using pole-vaulting and Maggie’s resilient character as a jumping off point to talk about other “famous failures” like Edison and Einstein and Oprah — to encourage youngsters to get back up and try, try again.

The Real Education of TJ Crowley hit the best-seller list at No. 2 at Watermark.

The Real Education of TJ Crowley addresses the explosive subjects of prejudice, school integration and racism and is written for more mature readers. The story is historical fiction, set in Wichita during the turbulent years of 1968 and 1969 and is told by a fiery tempered 13-year-old from a racist household, who is forced to choose sides after a black couple and their daughter cross the city’s hard-drawn color line and move into the house next door, unaware that the Crowleys are a bigoted brood with ties to evil men.

Like Maggie, the Overstake’s new story features a track and field event as a backdrop: Shot Putting.
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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 Downpour.com 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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‘Independent Bookstore Day’ is Every Day at Watermark Books

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Watermark Books celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, May 2.

WICHITA, Kan. — Bookstores from coast-to-coast will mark “Independent Bookstore Day” on Saturday, May 2. More than 400 retailers from Alaska to Maine will celebrate their value to their communities with author readings, special sales, and other activities.

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A marquee destination for book-lovers, Watermark Books is the literary heart and soul of Wichita, Kansas.

While a national event is a great idea, author Grant Overstake says book-lovers in his hometown can celebrate Independent Bookstore Day every day, thanks to the wonderful people at Watermark Books and Cafe.

Watermark Books and Cafe, founded in 1977, is a homegrown, literary, independent bookstore and restaurant located at the corner of Douglas and Oliver in the College Hill neighborhood of Wichita. The store will participate in the national event from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. with author visits, new books and art prints for sale. (Click for full schedule). Continue reading


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‘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


Maggie Cheers Athletes to State Meet Gold

See_you_over_the_moonThousands athletes in the Sunflower State are on a quest to compete in the 2014 Kansas State Track and Field Championships, to be held May 30-31 at Wichita’s Cessna Stadium.

Cheering them on is storybook track star Maggie Steele, a gutsy farm girl from Grain Valley, Kan.

‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’ captures a farm girl’s quest to qualify for the Kansas Track and Field Championships. With more than 3,000 athletes and 20,000 spectators, it is the largest track meet.

The high school heroine’s rise over tragedy and an ever-rising pole-vault crossbar is captured in the novel,  Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

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Grant Overstake’s novel earned praise from track historian Carol Swenson.

According to author Grant Overstake, the story is a tribute to the thousands of real-life Kansas athletes striving to qualify for the State Meet, as they have for more than 100 years.

“Maggie Steele represents every Kansas high school athlete who is doing all they can every day to make it to State in any sport,” Overstake said. “It will inspire anyone who dreams of becoming a champion.” Continue reading


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Saddleback Valley Pole Vaulting Club is Ready to Soar with Grand Prize Gear from Gill Athletics!

Saddleback Valley Pole Vaulting Club is rising to new heights thanks to Coach Dan Cassidy, who scored the Grand Prize Package from Gill Athletics for his contribution to Maggie's Crowdfunding Campaign.

Saddleback Valley Pole Vaulting Club is rising to new heights thanks to Coach Dan Cassidy, who scored the Grand Prize Package from Gill Athletics for his contribution to Maggie’s Crowdfunding Campaign.

Young vaulters are rising to new heights every day at Saddleback Pole Vaulting Club in Mission Viejo, California.

Proud Sponsor of Maggie's Audiobook Campaign.

The Grand Prize Package includes a Mean Green Skypole, Skypole Pole Bag, and a roll of Ninja Elite Vaulting Grip Tape.

They’ll get an added boost with a Mean Green Skypole like Maggie used to vault over the moon!

Saddleback Coach Dan Cassidy scored the Skypole as part of the Grand Prize Package from Gill Athletics for his generous contribution to Maggie’s Crowdfunding Campaign.

Gill Athletics provided the Grand Prize package to help narrator Tavia Gilbert perform and produce Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on audiobook. The campaign will cover Tavia’s expenses, and lift the sport of pole-vaulting to a new audience. Continue reading


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Get a Great Deal on a Skypole and More from Gill Athletics!

Gill Athletics is Grand Prize Sponsor of Maggie's Audiobook Campaign.

Gill Athletics is Grand Prize Sponsor of Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign.

POLE-VAULTERS AND COACHES!

GILL ATHLETICS is the Grand Prize Sponsor for the ongoing Maggie Vaults Over the Moon Audiobook Crowdfunding Campaign.

The Grand Prize includes a Mean Green Skypole, a 15-foot Skypole Pole Bag, and a roll of the new Ninja Grip Tape in exchange for a $400 campaign pledge.

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