Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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To Grandmother’s House We Go, with ‘Maggie’ on Audio

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Never underestimate the power of a grandparent’s presence in the life of a grandchild, especially when they need someone to confide in.

grandmotherteenIn her darkest hour, Maggie walks the well-worn footpath to Grandma’s old farmhouse next door. A great listener, Grandma nods. Yes, life is hard sometimes, and, yes it’s true, we don’t always know why bad things happen. “But I’m knowing the highest and best for you,” Grandma says, inspiring Maggie to discover within herself the healing power of love, and of a great quest fulfilled.

At a time when so many stories for tweens and teens make the world seem hopeless, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has been praised for its hopeful message. According to Kirkus Reviews, “[The] novel exudes sweetness… it feels as if it takes place in another era, as it lacks the dark edge seen in other popular YA [young adult] stories.”

Thank You for Voting! Maggie is the No. 1 rated Athlete Girl Book on Goodreads!

A wonderful way to enjoy this story at home or while traveling is by sharing the audiobook performance of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon narrated by Tavia Gilbert, an award-winning voice actress who has performed more than 300 audiobooks. Gilbert’s performance as Maggie earned rave reviews from AudioFile, the industry’s premier magazine.

You can be listening to this amazing performer this story in a matter of minutes because the audiobook is ready for download at Downpour, Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound. The library version is at BlackstoneAudio.com.

AudioFile features a rave review of Tavia Gilbert's performance of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.


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Help Athletes Dream Big With ‘Maggie!’

‘Maggie’ inspired scores of athletes to follow their dreams. Author Grant Overstake presented his novel to vaulters at the Wichita Catholic League Championships.

A perfect read for track season, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has become an instant classic that has inspired many young athletes to soar.

Like the gritty heroine Maggie Steele, the goal for every prep track athlete is the State Championships such as this one in Kansas, one of the largest in the nation.

Heroine Maggie Steele is a gritty farm girl who finds herself on a quest to soar waaay higher than her critics think a girl should dare to go. A flight of magical realism with breathtaking descriptions of a totally awesome sport, the novel is a rewarding read for mid-grade to adults.

The story begins on a Kansas wheat farm and climaxes at the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships, which, with more than 3,000 competitors and 20,000 spectators, is one of the largest track meets in the nation.

Legendary track coach Dennis Bolt has coached at Hillsboro (KS) High School for over 25 years. And during that time, hundreds of his athletes have qualified for the state track meet, including some 40+ state champions! Bolt’s boys’ and girls’ teams have won several class 3A team titles. In recognition, Bolt was honored as the National Federation Boys Coach of the Year in 2004. Here’s what he has to say about, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon: Continue reading


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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.

Looking for a sunny summer read?

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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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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 Inspires ‘Chicken Soup’ and ‘Guideposts’ Contributor Nancy Julien Kopp

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Guideposts writer Nancy Julien Kopp recommends ‘Maggie’.

One of America’s most inspirational writers has discovered a satisfying new source of inspirational reading:

Inspirational writer Nancy Julien Kopp has contributed to 13 Chicken Soup of the Soul books.

Kopp’s stories have appeared in 13 Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

“I spent two evenings reading Maggie Vaults Over the Moon and this long-time adult enjoyed the story immensely,” writes Nancy Julien Kopp. “Maggie is a good role model for young people as she’s determined, caring, and full of spirit and spunk. Heartwarming and realistic, this book is a winner.”

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon tells the story of Maggie Steele, a Kansas farm girl who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter.

The novel has been endorsed by Olympic pole-vaulters, coaches, school counselors, and now by a prolific writer of inspirational nonfiction. Kopp, who lives in Manhattan, Kan., has been published in no less than 13 Chicken Soup for the Soul books and several other anthologies, including Guideposts.

Here’s an excerpt of Kopp’s review, posted on her popular blog, Writer Granny’s World: Continue reading