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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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‘Maggie’ is a Sunny Summer Read!

'Maggie Vaults Over the Moon' is an inspiring poolside read for mid-grade to adults.

‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’ is a sunny summer read for mid-grade to adults.

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The young adult novel about a courageous farm girl, Maggie Steele, who overcomes tragedy and rises to new heights as a pole-vaulter, has brightened the hearts of readers young and old.

Margaret Wheatley, 16, of Florida calls Maggie, “That one in a thousand books you will carry with you forever.”

Taylor Millsap, 14, of Illinois adds, “I’ve probably read it more than 20 times. I will never get tired of reading it over and over, again and again.”

Sports Writer Christine Brennan of USA TODAY, writes, “Girls who play sports and the coaches and families who support them will thoroughly enjoy this warm, uplifting story.”

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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River Vault Features All-American Maggie

Maggie will join the festivities at the 5th Annual River Vault in La Crosse, Wis.

‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’ will be presented to 20 winners at the 5th Annual River Vault.

Fireworks will be flying high this Friday, the 4th of July, and so will pole-vaulters at the 5th Annual River Vault competition in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

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Vaulters answered Uncle Sam’s call to River Vault!

Joining in the patriotic celebration will be All-American Maggie Steele, storybook heroine of the inspiring novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

The event will be held from 11 am until 6 pm at Riverside Park on the bank of the Mississippi River.

“Maggie has been all over the country and the world, but she’s never been to Wisconsin, which is a hotbed for pole-vaulting up north,” said author Grant Overstake. “Riverside Park is one of the most beautiful places in the world to pole-vault. And, it being July 4th, it will be an unforgettable experience!”

Vaulters will soar on the bank of the Mississippi River at the July 4th event.

Vaulters will soar on the bank of the Mississippi River at the July 4th event.

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Rise Up and Soar! ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’

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Maggie says, “I’m knowing the Highest and Best for the brave and daring pole-vaulters competing in league, regional, and state championships this week. Believe in yourself! Hang on tight! Have fun! And I will see you, over the moon!”

ABOUT MAGGIE VAULTS OVER THE MOON

See_you_over_the_moonMaggie Steele is a gutsy farm girl from Grain Valley, Kansas who pours her broken heart into the daring, sometimes dangerous sport of pole-vaulting. Driven by a secret that she dare not share with anyone, Maggie struggles over many obstacles as she attempts to soar waaay higher than her critics think a ‘girl’ should ever go.

Gripping in its portrayal of teenage grief and thrilling in its descriptions of the most awesome event in track and field, the young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is a wholesome, uplifting read for mid-grade through adults.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon can be purchased in paperback and ebook from many fine online stores, including Amazon.com.

Coming soon on Audiobook, narrated by Tavia Gilbert!

'Maggie Vaults Over the Moon' will soon become an audiobook performed by award-winning narrator Tavia Gilbert.

‘Maggie’ will soon be performed on audiobook by award-winning narrator Tavia Gilbert.


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‘Maggie’ Brings Home Readers with Rural Roots

"Maggie" vividly depicts the challenges and joys of a teen on a Kansas family farm.

“Maggie” vividly depicts the challenges and joys of a teen on a Kansas family farm.

A former rural newspaper editor has created a teen novel that’s harvesting praise from readers of all ages for its realistic view of life on a family farm.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is a perfect gift idea for anyone with rural roots. It’s vivid and realistic scenes bring readers back home.

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A great gift for folks with rural roots.

Years spent as a journalist embedded in Kansas wheat country helped Grant Overstake create a vivid setting for the story,  in which a high school senior named Maggie Steele struggles to overcome a family tragedy and is confronted by a decision faced by many  rural teens: Stay home and save the family farm or pursue the life of her dreams?

Overstake, the former editor of the small-town Hillsboro (Kansas) Star-Journal, places the story near the fictional town of Grain Valley, Kan., which, in real life, could be anyplace where the grain elevator is the busiest place in town, especially at harvest time. Continue reading


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Inspire Them With a Maggie Christmas!

Give the teens on your list the hope-filled gift of a Maggie Christmas.

 “A fine young adult novel about perseverance in sports and in life.” — KIRKUS

Looking for a motivational gift this holiday season?

Inspire them with a Maggie Christmas!

"I've probably read it more than 20 times. I will never get tired of reading it over and over again and again," writes Taylor Millsap, 14, of Illinois.

“I will never get tired of reading it over and over again and again.” — Taylor Millsap.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is the story of a courageous teen, Maggie Steele, who finds the strength to overcome a tragedy and rise to new heights as a pole-vaulter.

Kirkus Reviews calls the story, “A fine young adult novel about perseverance in sports and in life,” adding, “Its themes will resonate with anyone who has suffered profound loss.”

For some youngsters, holiday cheer may be an elusive emotion. The bells of Christmas may have a hollow ring. But experts say reading about the struggles of a fictional character such as Maggie Steele can help promote the healing process.

Hope over hardship is the central message of  Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

-- Maggie Wheatley.

“A one in a thousand books that you will carry with you forever.”– Maggie Wheatley.

The story has lifted the hearts of many readers, from 4th grade to adults:

“I love it when you read that one in a thousand books that you will carry with you forever,” writes Maggie Wheatley, 15, of Florida.

“I’ve probably read it more than 20 times. I will never get tired of reading it over and over again and again,” writes Taylor Millsap, 14, of Illinois.

Olympic pole-vaulter Becky Holliday writes, “I myself experienced loss when I was a young girl. Sports were my outlet and helped me through some of the hardest times of my life. This book captured me cover to cover. I highly recommend Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

"I highly recommend Maggie Vaults Over the Moon." -- Becky Holliday, Olympian.

“I highly recommend Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.” — Becky Holliday, Olympian.

School counselors, coaches and psychologists have recommended Maggie for its positive message to young people.

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Timothy M. Tays, PhD, writes, “I highly recommend it for all teens, especially those seeking direction during the storm and stress of adolescence.”

No matter what age, this novel is sure to touch the hearts of every reader, especially those who’ve been raised on a farm.

“Maggie transported me back to my childhood..." -- John Rinkenbaugh.

“Maggie instantly transported me back to my childhood.” — John Rinkenbaugh.

Maggie instantly transported me back to my childhood,” writes John Rinkenbaugh, a TV producer and former Kansas farm boy. “It will translate to anyone who allows themselves to be young at heart.”

Do you have someone on your list who needs to be inspired this holiday season? Chicken Soup for the Soul and Guideposts contributor, Nancy Julien Kopp says Maggie is “Heartwarming and realistic, this book is a winner.”

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon can be sent as an eBook or gift-wrapped paperback, along with your personalized message, through Amazon.com.

Order your copies today!

Future greats Kendall Reynolds, left, and Zoe Bechard with three-time Olympian Earl Bell.

Future greats Kendall Reynolds, left, and Zoe Bechard with Olympian Earl Bell.


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Maggie Soars to Sunny California for Valley Vaulters Halloween Vault

'Maggie' will share the sun-drenched awards stand with costumed vaulters like these at the Valley Vaulters Halloween Vault Saturday, Oct. 26th in beautiful Murrieta, Calif. (Hey! Where's Waldo?)

‘Maggie’ will share the awards stand with superheroes at the Valley Vaulters Halloween Vault Saturday, Oct. 26th in Murrieta, Calif. (Hey! Where’s Waldo?)

Storybook heroine Maggie Steele is winging her way West for the fourth annual Valley Vaulters Halloween Vault this weekend in beautiful Murrieta, California.

The event, sponsored by the Valley Vaulters pole-vault club will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26th at Murrieta Valley High School.

Maggie is eager to join the Valley Vaulters Halloween Vault on Saturday, Oct. 26th in sunny Murrieta, California.

Look for spooky characters at the Valley Vaulters Halloween Vault Saturday.

It promises to be an awesome experience for Maggie, who’ll share the sun-drenched awards stand with some of the Golden State’s most talented young athletes.

Copies of the inspiring novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon will be presented to the top finishers in the fun-filled event. Continue reading