Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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Maggie Celebrates 1st Anniversary with Olympic Greats and Future Greats at Doctoberfest 2013!

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Bell Athletics’ Kayla Caldwell won the female division of Doctoberfest 2013.

JAMESTOWN, Kan. — Storybook pole-vaulter Maggie Steele celebrated her first anniversary in the company of a former world-record holder, Olympians, and Olympic hopefuls at Doctoberfest 2013 on Saturday, Oct. 5th.

The eighth annual event at the Tailwind Pole Vault Club featured many high-flying professional, collegiate, and high school athletes who rocketed toward the rafters in this converted basketball gym, which now is considered a kind of Field of Dreams for pole-vaulting here in the northernmost part of the central Kansas prairie.

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Doctoberfest was an opportunity for Tailwind Pole Vault Club members to watch, dream, and soar.

Doctoberfest was an opportunity for Tailwind members to watch, dream, and soar.

Among nearly 60 athletes who charged down the rubberized runway Saturday, the biggest thrills were provided by the youngest vaulters, future greats such as Kendall Reynolds and Zoe Bechard, a pair of 10-year-olds from nearby Concordia, Kan., who reminded everyone in attendance that having lots of fun is what vaulting at Tailwind is all about. Continue reading


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‘Fearless Maggie’ Invited to ‘Heights on Halloween’ Vault Spook-tacular

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A cabal of costume-clad athletes will run through the woods on a pumpkin-lined runway and sail over spider-infested crossbars on Sunday, Oct. 6th, at the Heights on Halloween vault in Danville, Ind.

Pole-vaulting looks like a pretty scary sport. And, for those who haven’t been properly coached, it really can be dangerous.

Truth is, every pole-vaulter must learn to overcome his or her fears.

When they do, running down the runway and soaring over crossbars is lots of fun — even more fun while wearing a Halloween costume!

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Heights on Halloween is an extravaganza Maggie doesn’t want to miss.

A brave cabal of costume-clad athletes will be running through the woods on a pumpkin-lined runway and sailing over spider-infested crossbars on Sunday, Oct. 6th, at the Heights on Halloween vault.

The event, co-sponsored by DC Athletics and Elite Pole Vault, will be held in Danville, Ind., about 30 minutes west of Indianapolis.

'Maggie' is endorsed by the Kansas High School Activities Association (KSHSAA).

‘Maggie’ is endorsed by the Kansas High School Activities Association (KSHSAA).

It promises to be a spook-tacular experience for storybook heroine Maggie Steele, who has never vaulted in a Halloween costume before.

“Heights on Halloween is an extravaganza Maggie doesn’t want to miss,” said author Grant Overstake. “She hasn’t decided what costume she’s going to wear yet, but it will be very spooky, I’m sure.” Continue reading


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Maggie Gets an ‘A’ from Award-Winning Kansas Poet and Creative Writing Teacher

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“Overstake gets everything right about Kansas,” writes Diane Wahto, who grew up in Baxter Springs, located near the setting for ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’. “It is sweet to read about a land I knew so well,” she adds.

Maggie Steele tells her own story in the novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

Award-winning poet Diane Wahto

Diane Wahto

An award-winning poet and creative writing teacher says Maggie deserves an “A” for her inspiring, first-person read.

Maggie hums along like a well-oiled, wonderfully written machine,” writes Diane Wahto, in a recent five-star review on Goodreads.

“That’s remarkably high praise,” says author Grant Overstake. “Diane is a poet’s poet and a writer’s writer, and she’s from Kansas. I’m truly humbled and really happy that she enjoyed the story.”

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Read Maggie’s reviews on Goodreads.

Maggie has been endorsed by Olympic athletes, school counselors, and the Kansas State High School Activities Association for its positive message for young people. Now add to this list a stellar review from Wahto, one of Kansas’ most distinguished poets and writing instructors. Continue reading


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Awesome Review! Former Kansas Boy Comes Home to Maggie’s Farm

“Maggie Vaults over the Moon” instantly transported me back to my childhood..." -- Former Kansas farm boy and avid track and field fan, John Rinkenbaugh.

“Maggie’ instantly transported me back to my childhood…” writes former Kansas boy, John Rinkenbaugh.

Longtime television producer John Rinkenbaugh has spent his entire adult life looking for and producing great stories all over the nation. He finally found a story that transported him back to his childhood — Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

“This is one of the best reviews ever written about Maggie,” said author Grant Overstake. “I am honored that he wrote this and posted it on his blog.”

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Maggie Vaults the State Capitol Building!

[BULLETIN] TOPEKA, Kan. -- Maggie Steele, the gusty farm girl from Grain Valley, Kan., pole-vaulted to a new State Capitol Building record here Saturday at the Kansas Book Festival.  Maggie says, "It was an unforgettable, amazing experience. The people I got to meet, I just can't believe it! I'm still pinching myself. Watch this space for more details!"

[BULLETIN] TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 7th) — Maggie Steele, a gusty farm girl from Grain Valley, Kan., pole-vaulted to a new State Capitol Building record here Saturday at the Kansas Book Festival. “It was an unforgettable, amazing experience,” she said. “The people I got to meet, I can’t believe it. I’m still pinching myself.”


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Summers Family Helps Maggie Shine in Sabetha, Kansas

The Summers family's passion for 'Maggie' appears in this week's edition of their hometown newspaper, the Sebetha (Kan.) Herald. A fictional Sebetha Bluejays vaulter competes against Maggie in the novel in the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships.

The Summers family’s passion for ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’ led to a great article in this week’s edition of their hometown newspaper, The Sabetha Herald. In the young adult novel, a Sabetha High School pole-vaulter competes with Maggie at the Kansas State Track and Field Championships.

An awesome Kansas sports family with a passion for pole-vaulting has helped Maggie make headlines in their hometown newspaper.

Maggie competes against a vaulter from Sebetha High School.

In the novel, Maggie Steele competes against a vaulter from Sabetha High School.

It all started when Sabetha native, Marcus Summers, who coaches Garden City Western Express, introduced Maggie Vaults Over the Moon to his athletes, presenting the young adult novel to them as end-of-season “Maggie Awards.”

Marcus then introduced Maggie to parents, Jon and Janet, who live in Sabetha, located in the northeast corner of the state.

Janet then wrote to author Grant Overstake, asking permission to approach the local newspaper: “My husband and I have both read your book and loved it,” she wrote. “We’re recommending it to anyone wanting a great, inspiring read, set in rural Kansas.”

With a big thumbs-up from the author, Janet shared the story with Patty Locher, Staff Writer at the Sabetha Herald. She, too, emailed the author: “I read the book last night and loved it! You have a treasure here, a “can’t-put-it-down” book!” Continue reading


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Maggie to Appear at Kansas Book Festival

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Maggie Steele is headed to the Statehouse!

Author Grant Overstake will introduce his young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, to the book-loving people of Kansas at the Kansas Book Festival, to be held Saturday, Sept. 7th, on the grounds of the Kansas State Capitol building in Topeka.

KSHSAACOVERDesigned to “celebrate the best of Kansas literature, arts and history,” the free public event will offer a variety of activities for Kansans of all ages, including meet-the-author sessions, panel discussions, book signings and sales, and a special tent with projects for children.

The festival aims to promote literacy and to encourage a life-long love of reading by bringing authors, publishers and illustrators together with the people of Kansas.

“It’s just the right setting for a homegrown heroine like Maggie Steele,” Overstake said. “She can’t wait to be there!”

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