After months and months of intense reading, the brainy bookworms from Church of the Holy Spirit School are prepped and ready for the Battle of the Books competition in the Wichita Diocese Catholic Schools.
The annual reading contest for 5th and 6th graders begins this week in the diocese, which includes 25 elementary schools in south central Kansas.
The Jeopardy-like team competition will test their knowledge of this year’s titles, including Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Wichita author Grant Overstake.
Overstake met with youngsters from Church of the Holy Spirit School to help them prepare for competition, and to share a little about the process of writing a novel.
“There’s no way to know in advance what questions they’ll be asked, so we spent time reviewing the characters, setting, plot, and themes,” he said, adding, “It was inspiring to see how excited they are about reading. This is a great program.”
Maggie’s blog is a new affiliate site of the USA Track & Field (USATF) online store, which is a pretty big deal for friends and followers of storybook heroine, Maggie Steele.
USATF is is the national governing body for track and field in the United States. Its online store offers a wide selection of official merchandise such as bags, team gear, and performance apparel.
Proceeds go directly toward funding a variety of USATF programs and initiatives, ranging from youth activities to elite athlete development and support of Team USA.
“To the best of my knowledge Maggie Steele is the first and only fictional athlete to earn this type of recognition from USA Track & Field,” said Grant Overstake, author of the YA novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. “It’s a real tribute.” Continue reading
Today is Kansas Day, marking the admission of Kansas as the 34th state in the Union, on January 29, 1861.
We’re also celebrating the fact that Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has found its place on the bookshelves of Kansas history.
The teen sports novel has been added to the Wulfmeyer Special Collections section of the Wichita Public Library.
The Wulfmeyer Special Collection contains books about Kansas pioneers and cowboys and others who shaped the bold history of the Sunflower State. The collection also includes the inspiring story of Maggie Steele, the gutsy farm girl from fictional Grain Valley, Kansas, who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights through the daring sport of pole-vaulting. Continue reading
Arts Partners of Wichita is affiliated with the national Young Audiences Arts for Learning network. Its goal is to inspire creativity and learning by using the arts to enhance the classroom experience for students.
“I’m honored to be invited to join Arts Partners,” Overstake said. “It’s a privilege to be included on the list of the truly amazing local artists who devote their time and talents to help educate and inspire the next generation of creative thinkers.”
A Wichita native, Overstake attended Buckner Elementary, Brooks Jr. High, and Heights High School. His novel can be found on library shelves in public schools in the district as well as in local parochial schools. Continue reading