Maggie Vaults Over the Moon

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Sponsors Needed to Help Award-Winning Narrator Tavia Gilbert Perform ‘Maggie’

Award-winning voice actress Tavia Gilbert is eager to perform Maggie on Audiobook.

Award-winning narrator Tavia Gilbert is eager to perform Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on Audiobook. A crowdfunding campaign will begin March 1, 2014 to pay for the production. Key players in the worldwide pole-vaulting community have donated PERKS to be offered during the campaign, and more are needed. Here’s how you can join them.

Dear Maggie Fans,

Maggie Vaults Over the MoonAcclaimed narrator Tavia Gilbert has enthusiastically agreed to perform Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on Audiobook!

Tavia is a mega-star in the audiobook industry in New York City — An Olympic-caliber talent in her genre with more than 150 titles to her credit, she has been nominated six times for the Audie Award, which is equal to the Academy Award in her profession.

Her dramatic performance of the sport’s greatest novel will help raise awareness of pole-vaulting through the best audiobook publishing channels. That’s why I’m asking you to join me in a unique 30-day crowdfunding campaign, beginning March 1, 2014, on Indiegogo. Continue reading

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Maggie Soars Past 10,000 Visitors! Grandma says, ‘Let’s Have Pie!’

Maggie welcomed her 10,000th visitor on Sunday. Grandma said, “Let’s have pie!”

GRAIN VALLEY, Kan. — Grandma just knew that the 10,000th visitor to Maggie’s blog would appear sometime Sunday evening, so she baked one of her blue-ribbon rhubarb pies, and then she shoo-shooed Maggie and Troy away from the dinner table without dessert, until company arrived.

“The visitor counter climbed steadily from 9,950 to 9,999,” Maggie said, recalling the moment. “But then, it just froze there, not moving! It was at 9,999 forever!”

Maggie Vaults Over the MoonWith the 10,000th visitor due any second, the big question was, From where on earth would the 10,000th visitor arrive? 

Just as the clock struck seven on Sunday, July 21st, 2013, the answer came — the visitor was from, wait for it… Columbia, Missouri!

“Well isn’t that wonderful?” Grandma said, smiling sweetly. “Let’s have pie!”

Maggie and Troy and everybody else here in Grain Valley had a good laugh. It’s a knee-slapper because Kansans and Missourians have been big rivals since, like forever. Especially in sports. But not in pole-vaulting, because everybody knows that everyone who pole-vaults wants the highest and best for each other, no matter where they come from. It’s in the code.

10000_Worldwide“It was awesome to see that 10 followed by so many zeroes,” Maggie said. “It’s amazing to think how far we’ve come since, well, you know.”

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon tells the story of Maggie Steele, a gutsy Kansas farm girl who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter. The novel has been endorsed by US Olympic vaulters, coaches, and teachers who identify with its inspiring message for young people, and, most importantly, by young people themselves.

Since the novel was published in October 2012, Maggie has inspired readers all over the world. Continue reading

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Inspired by Maggie Steele, Pole-Vaulter Kristen Harris Soars to Record Heights for Tabor College

Kristen vaults for Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan., which competes in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is a source of inspiration for Kristen Harris, a small-town Kansan who soared to record heights this past season as a pole-vaulter at Tabor College.

Kristen’s accomplishments mirror her favorite fictional pole-vaulter Maggie Steele, a gutsy farm girl from fictional Grain Valley, Kan., who soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter.

“Reading Maggie before the track season gave me the inspiration and drive to compete for God’s glory,” Kristen said. “The book really captures the emotion and thrill of pole-vaulting and I was blessed to feel the way Maggie felt in real life.”

Kristen’s “Maggie Moment” happened at the recent KCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. With the crowd cheering, she stood on the runway, preparing to attempt a new school and KCAC record of 11 feet.

Tabor College Vaulter Kristen Harris On the Runway Runway

“Counting my steps on the runway and clearing the height, I felt like I’d soared over the moon!” – Kristen Harris.

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Maggie’s Eagles Soar at City League Meet

Bishop Carroll senior and future KU Jayhawk, Nick Meyer soared to victory in the Wichita City League Championship.

The Sunflower State’s top pole-vaulter, Nick Meyer, Bishop Carroll senior and future KU Jayhawk, won the Wichita City League Championship.

Congrats to Maggie’s pole-vaulting friends Caitlin Hawk (10-8) and Nick Meyer (16-2) of Bishop Carroll HS for soaring to gold medals at the Wichita City League Meet!

The high-flying Golden Eagles, coached by Denis Fraizer, are big fans of the teen novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, which captures the excitement of the world’s greatest sport.

Maggie says, “Way to go Caitlin and Nick! And best wishes to all Kansas HS pole-vaulters in the next few weeks. Knowing the Highest and Best for you at Regionals and State!” Continue reading

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Watch: Author Shares Remarkable Stories About ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’


Writing is often thought of as a lonely vigil, but Grant Overstake, author of Maggie Vaults over the Moon, found this not to be true. In this Keyhole Conversations interview, he acknowledges those people who helped him along the way.The interview was conducted at The Inn at Glenstrae, a beautiful bed and breakfast located in the Sleepy Hollow section of Wichita. Click here to watch Bonnie Myrick’s interview at Keyhole Conversations.

Keyhole Conversations interview of author Grant Overstake was recorded at the beautiful Inn at Glenstrae in Wichita.

Keyhole Conversations’ interview of author Grant Overstake was recorded at the Inn at Glenstrae in Wichita.

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‘Maggie’ is Featured Article in December VAULTER Magazine!

Just in time for Christmas, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is featured in the December issue of the nation’s top magazine for pole-vaulters, VAULTER Magazine!

The beautiful six-page spread is titled, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is a Must Read for Any Athlete, and was expertly written by Michelle Walthall, who did a great job capturing the buzz and excitement that the novel has created in the pole-vaulting community and beyond.

Some of the many images included with the article are the book’s cover, a photo of Olympian Earl Bell and Author Grant Overstake presenting a copy of the book to vaulter Caitlin Hawk, and a huge photo of the entire Tailwind Pole Vaulting Club, located in Jamestown, Kan., which is where the inspiration for the story came from.

Of course, it wouldn’t be proper to reprint the entire article here on this post. Instead, we encourage all of you Maggie fans to help promote the best magazine about the sport of pole-vaulting by going Online and ordering the December issue of VAULTER Magazine. (You can download the December issue onto your computer or mobile device for only $3.00).

We’ve been given permission by Editor Doug Bouma to share what he wrote about Maggie in the intro to this month’s  issue:

Our final issue of 2012 brings an exciting development in the pole vaulting circle. Grant Overstake, Former Miami Herald Sports Writer and a lifelong participant in the sport of track and field, has created his first work of sports fiction, a novel titled Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. This novel is an endearing and inspiring story, and one worth taking a look at for any athlete. Once you read the information and some reviews we collected, you will want to pick up a copy. Maggie is a character you can’t help but fall in love with.

To this we say, Thanks Doug!

And Thank You, VAULTER Magazine!

Order your copy of VAULTER Magazine Today!

‘Maggie’ is featured in the December issue of VAULTER Magazine.

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Doctoberfest Vaulters Win ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’

Congratulations to the enthusiastic young pole-vaulters who scored copies of the new teen novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, during the Doctoberfest street vault held at the Tailwind Pole Vault Club. The winner’s names were drawn from the large number of vaulters and fans who attended the annual event on Oct. 6 in Jamestown, Kan.

Pole-vaulter Tristan Burnham, of Courtland, Kan., with Author Grant Overstake, left, and Tailwind Coach Mark Breault.

Pole-Vaulter Caitlin Hawk, of Wichita,Kan., with three-time Olympian and former world-record holder Earl Bell, left, and Author Grant Overstake. Bell, who coached three vaulters onto the US London Olympic Team, is the “coaching voice” in “Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.”

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