Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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Bookworks/Publisher’s Weekly Picks Maggie for Teen Readers

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is a recommended back-to-school read for Teens.

BookWorks Publisher’s Weekly has placed Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on its back-to-school reading list! The novel was selected as a “Too Cool for School” book for Teens. In recommending the story, the editors said the novel is “An uplifting story of a young heroine who copes with loss and grief by literally hurling herself skyward as a competitive pole vaulter.” That’s too cool for school!

 


Maggie Celebrates Banner Year at Texas Pole Vault, Home of Top Teen Desiree Freier

Maggie Award Campers at Texas Pole Vault at EliteSportz. Standing, from left: Ragan Aple, Hunter Coleman, Allison Humphries, Olivia Wintercamp, Coach George Rodriguez, Lexi DesSaracho, Kayla Bockhan, Shane McClellan, and Josh Ramirez. Seated from left: Kyla Buskirk, Elise Willsey, and Conner Gregston.

It’s been a banner year at Texas Pole Vault at EliteSportz, where this group of campers received outstanding instruction and earned Maggie Awards. Standing from left: Ragan Aple, Hunter Coleman, Allison Humphries, Olivia Wintercamp, Coach George Rodriguez, Lexi DesSaracho, Kayla Bockhan, Shane McClellan, and Josh Ramirez. Seated from left: Kyla Buskirk, Elise Willsey, and Conner Gregston.

FORT WORTH, TEXAS —  It’s been a banner year at Texas Pole Vault at EliteSportz, home of Desiree Freier, who became the greatest teen vaulter in US history.

Recently, a group of campers received outstanding instruction at the club and were awarded copies of the novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. The club earned a Maggie banner for its role as a major sponsor for the campaign to help narrator Tavia Gilbert perform and produce the story on audiobook.

EliteSportzTexasPoleVaultLogo“To have Maggie’s banner hanging at Texas Pole Vault at EliteSportz is one of the greatest honors she could have,” said author Grant Overstake. “When you talk about this club, you’re talking about the hottest pole-vaulting club in the nation.” Continue reading


Spiritual, Athletic Teen Praises Uplifting Maggie

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Holly Smith reviewed Maggie for Unity Leaders Magazine. (Click to enlarge).

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has earned praise from athletes and country folk for its realistic depictions of the sport of pole-vaulting, and farm life. Now an athletic and spiritually aware teenage reviewer is praising the story for its deeper message.

UnityLeadersMagLogoWithMaggieHolly Smith’s review appears in the latest issue of Unity Leaders Magazine, the international publication of Unity Worldwide Ministries. Smith, a high school senior, is a cross-country runner and a leader in the International Youth of Unity program.

In reading the novel Smith writes, “I gained a greater appreciation for myself, and realized that I can do anything, no matter in what circumstance I might find myself. [Author Grant] Overstake gives the reader a personal sense of empowerment through all the struggles Maggie goes through, since they are relatable to everyday life.”

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‘Maggie’ Lifts Real-Life Maggie Over the Moon

Margaret (Maggie) Wheatley, practicing her plant on a bamboo shoot at Zoo Miami, soared to new heights this season.

Maggie Wheatley, practicing her plant on a bamboo shoot at Zoo Miami, Florida, soared to new heights this past season for the SF Heat Track Club.

Aspiring pole-vaulter Margaret (Maggie) Wheatley discovered Maggie Vaults Over the Moon last summer. She was so inspired by the story, she stayed up all night to read it in one sitting, posting tweets about it on Twitter, and then she wrote a great review.

Wheatley tasted victory this season following the example of her storybook idol, Maggie Steele.

Maggie tasted victory this season by following the example of her storybook idol.

Wheatley, 16, will be a high school junior. She lives in Weston, Florida, where she is home schooled and competes for the SF Heat Track Club.

Author Grant Overstake says, “Maggie Wheatley is funny, bright, athletic, artistic, courageous, and wonderful. She has a passion for pole vaulting and her faith gives her the strength and zeal to overcome all obstacles. I’m happy to know that there’s a real-life Maggie in this world, and that she’s truly a great young woman.”

We caught up with her recently and she was excited to let us know how Maggie Steele, the heroine in the novel, continues to inspire her.

We think you’ll be inspired by the real-life Maggie, too.

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Sydney Hickert Soars at Shealy Pole Vault Camp

High-flying Sydney Hickert is following the lofty trajectory of Maggie Steele.

High-flying Sydney Hickert soared at Rusty Shealy Pole Vault Camp.

COLUMBIA, SC – Sydney Hickert was soaring with Maggie at Rusty Shealy Pole Vault Camp this past week.

Hickert, of Summerville, S.C., jumped at the opportunity to claim a discounted camp spot, which was offered as a major perk by Shealy Athletics to support Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign.

Sydney and her fellow campers had loads of fun at Rusty Shealy Pole Vault Camp.

Maggie Award Winner Sydney Hickert had loads of fun at Shealy PV Camp.

Sydney helped put the campaign over the top, and to honor her contribution, Shealy Athletics received a giant Maggie banner, and she and her fellow campers received copies of the novel as Maggie Awards. Continue reading


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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Maggie says, ‘Congrats State PV Champs!’

  2A Champion Laramie Leakey is one of 6 girls' pole-vault champs who, in addition to their awesome gold medals, received copies of 'Maggie Vaults Over the Moon'. Way to go!

2A Champ Laramie Leakey is one of 6 girls’ Kansas State pole-vault champs who, in addition to their awesome gold medals, received gift copies of ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’. Way to go!

Maggie says, “Congrats to our new Kansas State PV Champs!”

The Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships, held at Wichita State University's Cessna Stadium, is the largest meet in the nation, with more than 3,000 athletes and 20,000 spectators.

The Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships, held at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium, is the largest meet in the nation, with more than 3,000 athletes and 20,000 spectators.

GIRLS: Class 1A Dallas Reed of St. Francis; 2A Laramie Leakey, Jeff County North; 3A Alicia Maloney, Marion; 4A Jannell Clampitt, Desoto; 5A Alyssa Wheeler, Kapaun-Mt. Carmel; and 6A Megan Vanderpool, SM West!

BOYS: 1A Isaac Siebert, Macksville; 2A DeShawn Pfeiff, Moundridge; 3A Austin Hager, Norton Community; 4A Ethan Meyer, Andale; 5A Luke Shaw, Topeka Seaman; and 6A Trevor Hillis, Lawrence Free State!

Complete Kansas State Track Meet Results: http://tinyurl.com/k8k8hbu