As track and field athletes prepare for regional and state championships, a national high school track coach of the year recommends the young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, to help inspire them on their personal quest for greatness.
Dennis Bolt has coached at Hillsboro (KS) High School for 25 years. And during that time, hundreds of his athletes have qualified for the state track meet, including 36 state champions! Bolt’s boys’ teams have won three class 3A team titles, and his girls’ teams have won two team titles.
In recognition, Bolt was honored as the National Federation Boys Coach of the Year in 2004.
Endorsement review from Coach Dennis Bolt:
“Whether a coach or athlete, you know that sport exemplifies the trials of life.
“Only through hard work and dedication can you receive an opportunity to achieve greatness when the opportunity arises. Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake exemplifies how a young person finds strength and inspiration after experiencing a great personal loss. Continue reading
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Voice actress Tavia Gilbert’s performance of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has earned high praise from one of the world’s most respected reviewers at AudioFile, the standard of excellence in the audiobook industry.
Three-time Audies Award judge Susan G. Baird anoints Gilbert’s performance with superlatives such as “beautiful,” “engaging,” and “splendid,” in the new edition of the magazine, which includes Maggie on its list of recommended new audiobooks.
There’s a 40-minute, 31-mile stretch of Kentucky highway between Katie Wright’s home in Prospect and her pole-vault practices at Fuzion Athletics in Shelbyville, but the round trips were over waaay too soon for Katie and her mom Jennifer as they listened to Tavia Gilbert perform their favorite story on audio book, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.
“Gilbert’s narration really drew us into the story and characters!” Jennifer writes in her review. “Often times we would stay in the car a few more minutes just to continue listening to the story!”
Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake is the story of a gritty Kansas farm girl, Maggie Steele, who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter.
The story is brought to life by Tavia Gilbert, who has voiced more than 300 titles, garnering the industry’s highest honors, including six Audie nominations and an assortment of Earphones Awards.
Now add the Wright’s to the growing list of great reviews for Gilbert’s performance. Continue reading
A huge highlight for Margaret (Maggie) Wheatley was her dream visit to Grain Valley, Kansas. The South Florida resident traveled there by listening to Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on audio book performed by voice actress Tavia Gilbert.
“Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is already one of my forever-favorite books,” she said, “but being able to listen to the story brought back all the wonderful emotions of being read to when I was a child.”
“Tavia Gilbert is wonderful!” Maggie added. “It felt like I was actually living the story or experiencing it in a vivid dream.”
A narrator known for her talent and passionate professionalism, Tavia Gilbert has voiced more than 300 titles, garnering the industry’s highest honors, including six Audie nominations and an assortment of Earphones Awards. She has received fabulous reviews for her performance of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. Continue reading
Maggie says, “I’m over the moon celebrating 30,000 visitors to my blog! Many thanks to my great supporters and fans, including US Olympian and Coach of Champions, Erica Fraley [Bartolina]! It’s an honor to have my story recognized by awesome role models like Erica. Learn about Erica’s inspiring life story and the impact she’s having on young people here: http://tinyurl.com/pdk8392
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, 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.