Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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Gift Book Winners Give a Maggie Christmas

Share Maggie’s uplifting story with someone in your life. Order today!

Thanks to everyone who entered the Maggie Gift Book Giveaway. It was heartwarming to read your thoughtful essays, from as far away as Australia! Gift-wrapped copies of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon will be sent to prize-winner’s friends and loved ones in time for them to wake up to a Maggie Christmas.

Send Maggie personalized and gift-Wrapped via Amazon.

Send Maggie gift-wrapped via Amazon.

There’s still time for you to share Maggie’s inspiring message with someone in your life this holiday season.

 Friends and family have become the top influencers in the book selections of children and young adult readers, which explains why Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has been selling in multiple orders, five and 10 copies at a time.

 “Coaches are buying multiple copies for their athletes and grandparents are also buying copies for their teenage grandchildren,” said author Grant Overstake. “Mentors are delighted to discover that Maggie is a novel they can feel great about giving.” 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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Contest Winner Maggie Wheatley is Maggie’s New Best Friend!

Maggie Tweeted her love for ‘Maggie’ to her friends.

Maggie Wheatley vaulted with ‘Maggie’ through the night and Tweeted to her friends.

Maggie Wheatley, 15, of Weston, Fla., was having such an awesome experience reading Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, that she just had to Tweet about it, and Tweet! about it, and Tweet!-Tweet!-Tweet! about it:

Maggie Wheatley

Maggie Wheatley loves ‘Maggie’

“New book and it’s so good!” “I just spent the last 5 hours reading and I only have 10 chapters left.” “There’s a code among vaulters, they help each other.” “I just bawled at the end!” “I love it when you read that 1 out of a 1,000 books that you will carry with you forever.” “I just finished this book and absolutely loved it. Maggie makes the shelf!”

As heroine Maggie Steele was capturing Maggie Wheatley’s heart, her enthusiastic Tweets captured the heart of the book’s author, Grant Overstake. “It was exciting to see her enthusiasm growing and growing, all the way to the end of the story. It was a win-win experience,” he said.

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Maggie Wheatley pole-vaults for the South Florida Heat track program.

Wheatley, our Book Review Contest Winner for July, wins a Maggie Vaults Over the Moon tee-shirt, and Maggie wins a new best friend!

In addition to her Tweets, Maggie submitted this review:

Three words came to mind as I was traveling black-inked roads of this story — Bravery, Love, and Family — and that is all you need to know. I can’t say anything more to make you want to read it, because anything I say cannot measure up to the overwhelming emotion I felt reading this book. It makes you feel as if the experiences Maggie Steele has are happening to you, in the flesh. When I say I couldn’t put the book down, I proved it by staying up until 5 a.m., reading through the night, or, should I say, pole-vaulting through the night. When your eyes read the words, your heart feels the movement. I would recommend this book to any vaulter, teenager, sibling, parent, and anyone who thrives for greatness. I conclude with, Once you read it, you will never be the same. And one day, you might vault over the moon. – Maggie Wheatley, Weston, Florida

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‘Maggie’ Fans Flock to Book Signing and Reading at Watermark Books

Author Grant Overstake reads from 'Maggie Vaults Over the Moon' April 11th, 2013, at Watermark Books in Wichita. (Photo by Carl Williams)

Author Grant Overstake reads from ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’ April 11th, 2013, at Watermark Books in Wichita. (Photo by Carl Williams)

An overflow crowd of nearly 70 Maggie Steele fans gathered at Watermark Books & Cafe Thursday night, April 11th, to hear Grant Overstake read from his new sports novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

Author Grant Overstake reads from 'Maggie Vaults Over the Moon'. (Photo by Carl Williams)

Author Grant Overstake reads from ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’. (Photo by Carl Williams)

It was an overwhelming show of support for the gutsy teen from Grain Valley, Kansas, whose compelling story of courage and triumph is capturing the hearts of readers young and old.

“Words can’t express how great it was to see so many people at this event,” said Overstake, a Wichita native. “I saw some people I hadn’t seen since third grade and met many new friends. To experience a reading and book signing event at Watermark was one of the highlights of my life. To see them putting out more chairs to seat all the people, well, it was just awesome.” Continue reading