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Maggie Readers Prep for ‘Battle of the Books’

Members of the Battle of the Books teams from Holy Spirit Catholic School with author Grant Overstake. Front row from left: Jack Spottedhorse, Makenna Ricke, Anna Arnold, and Cohen Ayres. Back row: Ebben Miller, Lexi Hays, Kennedy Gottschalk, Bridget Doerneman, and Alex Delavega.

Teams from Church of the Holy Spirit School are prepped and ready for the annual Battle of the Books competition which will test their knowledge of this year’s great reads, including Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. Front row from left: Jack Spottedhorse, Makenna Ricke, Anna Arnold, and Cohen Ayres. Back row: Ebben Miller, Lexi Hays, Kennedy Gottschalk, Bridget Doerneman, and Alex Delavega.

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.

Maggie fan is prepped and ready for the Battle of the Books competition.

Super Maggie fan Lexi Hays is prepped and ready for the Battle of the Books.

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.”

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‘Maggie’ Partners with USA Track and Field

'Maggie Vaults Over the Moon' is a new affiliate site for the USA Track & Field online store.

Maggie’s blog is a now an affiliate site of the USA Track and Field online store.

It’s official!

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.

USATFLOGOAFFILIATESITE2USATF 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


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‘Maggie’ Celebrates Her Vault into Kansas History

HappyBirthdayKansasWave the Wheat, Jayhawkers!

Today is Kansas Day, marking the admission of Kansas as the 34th state in the Union, on January 29, 1861.

StateSealWe’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


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Maggie Soars in H.S. Sports at Amazon.com

'Maggie Vaults Over the Moon' is a Top Selling High School Sports Novel at Amazon.com!

‘Maggie’ is a Top Selling High School Sports Novel at Amazon.com!


Friends of Library Lift Maggie Over the Moon

The welcome for Maggie at the Friends of the Augusta Library Author's Brunch was over the moon! This display, created by Margaret Brunson, looks like it belongs in a storefront window in Grain Valley, Kansas. It was perfect in every detail, as was this entire event! Click here to read more in the Butler County Times Gazette.

The welcome for Maggie at the Friends of the Augusta Library Author’s Brunch was over the moon! This display, created by Margaret Brunson, looks like it belongs in a storefront window in Grain Valley, Kansas. It was perfect in every detail, as was this entire event! Click photo to read more in the Butler County Times Gazette.

The Friends of the Augusta Library Author's Brunch was a great, great experience! Thanks to Author's Brunch organizer Faye Teegarden, Library Director Greg Williamson and the rest of Maggie's new friends, for making this an unforgettable event for us. (Photo by Belinda Larsen, Times-Gazette)

The Friends of the Augusta Library Author’s Brunch was a great, great experience! Thanks to Author’s Brunch organizer Faye Teegarden, Library Director Greg Williamson and the rest of Maggie’s new friends, for making this an unforgettable event for us. (Photo by Belinda Larsen, BC Times-Gazette)


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‘Maggie’ Author to Present Student Assemblies and Workshops through Arts Partners Program

Grant Overstake is a new Teaching Artist for Arts Partners of Wichita. He will present student assemblies and writing workshops in Wichita and surrounding areas. (Photo by Carl Williams)

Grant Overstake is a new Teaching Artist for Arts Partners of Wichita. He will present student assemblies and writing workshops in Wichita and surrounding areas.

Grant Overstake, author of the young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, has joined Arts Partners of Wichita.

ArtsPartnersLogoAs a Teaching Artist, he will present assemblies and writing workshops for students from 4th grade through high school in Wichita and surrounding areas.

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