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


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.”

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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

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

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Presenting Maggie on Audio by Tavia Gilbert!

NewPromoAllBrandsWithSloganGRAIN VALLEY, Kan. — The audiobook version of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, narrated by voice actress Tavia Gilbert, has been released by distribution giant Blackstone Audio to major internet platforms and download sites around the world.

PlayawayCover     The audio is available via digital download, various CD formats, and on Playaway, a popular new pre-loaded audio device (above).

The audio is available on digital download, CD formats, and on Playaway, a popular new pre-loaded audio device (above).

“It’s a dream come true to hear this story brought to life by a superstar talent like Tavia,” said author Grant Overstake. “Her performance is spot-on perfect and now everyone can hear it.”

Blackstone Audio is the nation’s largest independent audiobook publisher. Its vast collection includes over 10,000 titles, including countless bestsellers. Maggie Vaults Over the Moon will fill a gap in a growing category — Sports Fiction for Tween and Teenage Girls.

Gilbert, a six-time finalist for the Audie Awards (the Oscars for Audiobook performers), multiple Earphones, and Parent’s Choice Award-winner, was instrumental in promoting the crowdfunding campaign that financed the project, and assured its distribution through Blackstone Audio.

“This project was made possible because countless people saw the potential for this story to inspire, comfort, strengthen, and ignite the passion of young people, and I’m grateful that Grant honored me by allowing me to tell Maggie’s story,” Gilbert said.

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‘Maggie’ Narrator Featured in AudioFile Magazine

Tavia Gilbert is featured in the current issue of AudioFile Magazine.

Tavia Gilbert is featured in the current issue of AudioFile Magazine.

The amazing Tavia Gilbert, narrator and producer of the soon-to-be-released audiobook, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon,  is once again in the industry’s spotlight — this time in the current issue of AudioFile Magazine.

Tavia Gilbert

Tavia Gilbert

In a a glowing feature profile, writer Jessie C. Grearson describes Gilbert as “…a narrator known for her talent and passionate professionalism, [who] has voiced more than 300 titles across genres, garnering the industry’s highest honors, including six Audie nominations and an assortment of Earphones Awards.”

Gilbert explains in fascinating detail the great lengths she goes to when preparing herself to perform a book on audio. Grearson writes, “A glimpse into her process makes her success seem inevitable. She approaches each narration with great care…”
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Audiobook Coming March 31st! Listen Now!

NewHeaderNewTaviaTwitterHeader4The audiobook version of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, narrated by Tavia Gilbert, will be released by distribution giant Blackstone Audio on March 31st, 2015. Pre-order now and save 20% at

PlayawayCoverAfter months of anticipation, author Grant Overstake says the audiobook version of his novel is TOTALLY worth waiting for.

“It’s a dream come true to hear my story brought to life by a superstar talent like Tavia,” he said. “Her performance as Maggie is so spot-on perfect, I just can’t wait for you to hear it.”


“This is a great title for young listeners! Teenage Maggie copes with a tragic loss by excelling in the challenging athletics of pole-vaulting. I love how Grant made the sport a metaphor for courage, faith, and belief in oneself.” — Tavia Gilbert


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Pole Vaulters Find $1 Million in College Scholarships in Rusty Shealy’s Backyard


Shealy Athletics vaulters appear on the April cover of  Vaulter Magazine.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — Longtime Realtor Rusty Shealy knows the value of a good piece of property. So after months of searching, he jumped at the opportunity to purchase a home with 4.5 wooded acres, plenty of space to teach youngsters everything he knows about his favorite sport.

Shealy’s wise investment at 121 Crockett Road, more specifically, his investment of coaching wisdom into the lives of hundreds of pole vaulters over the past 17 years, has returned an estimated $1 million in college scholarships for his athletes.

Shealy’s backyard facility is the place where athletes from the Southeastern United States and around the nation receive “The Unfair Advantage!” in their quest for greatness. In fact, Shealy Athletics vaulters won 6 South Carolina High School State Championships in 2013!

It’s a fitting tribute that Coach Shealy and some of his high school vaulters appear on the April 2014 cover of Vaulter Magazine. His list of outstanding vaulters is as impressive as it is long.

In 2013, Coach Shealy was the recipient of the prestigious Jeff Truman Memorial Pole Vault Summit–Shipan all-expenses paid trip to the Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada, where the world’s elite coaches and vaulters honored him as one of the sport’s great coaches.

Coach Shealy was nominated for the award by veteran international pole vault “guru” David “DJ” Johnston, who wrote: “[Rusty’s] record for taking TOTAL beginners to national champions is unprecedented.”
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Saddleback Valley Pole Vaulting Club is Ready to Soar with Grand Prize Gear from Gill Athletics!

Saddleback Valley Pole Vaulting Club is rising to new heights thanks to Coach Dan Cassidy, who scored the Grand Prize Package from Gill Athletics for his contribution to Maggie's Crowdfunding Campaign.

Saddleback Valley Pole Vaulting Club is rising to new heights thanks to Coach Dan Cassidy, who scored the Grand Prize Package from Gill Athletics for his contribution to Maggie’s Crowdfunding Campaign.

Young vaulters are rising to new heights every day at Saddleback Pole Vaulting Club in Mission Viejo, California.

Proud Sponsor of Maggie's Audiobook Campaign.

The Grand Prize Package includes a Mean Green Skypole, Skypole Pole Bag, and a roll of Ninja Elite Vaulting Grip Tape.

They’ll get an added boost with a Mean Green Skypole like Maggie used to vault over the moon!

Saddleback Coach Dan Cassidy scored the Skypole as part of the Grand Prize Package from Gill Athletics for his generous contribution to Maggie’s Crowdfunding Campaign.

Gill Athletics provided the Grand Prize package to help narrator Tavia Gilbert perform and produce Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on audiobook. The campaign will cover Tavia’s expenses, and lift the sport of pole-vaulting to a new audience. Continue reading

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Hard Work, Family Coaching Launch Desiree Freier to National HS Indoor Record!

Texas Pole Vault at EliteSportz product Desiree Freier soars to a national high school record 14'02.75" at the New Balance National Indoor.

Desiree Freier soars to a national high school record 14’02.75″ at New Balance Nationals Indoor. (Credit: New Balance Nationals).

FORT WORTH, Texas — They may call this The Lone Star State, but the sky above Fort Worth dazzles with many superstars from TexasPoleVault Club at EliteSportz.

The club’s brightest star is Desiree Freier, the new girls’ national high school indoor record holder.

A picture says 1,000 words about TexasPoleVault Club.

A picture says 1,000 words about TexasPoleVault Club at EliteSportz.

Freier soared 14’02.75″ last weekend at New Balance Nationals Indoor 2014 at the Armory in New York City. The performance capped a stellar indoor season for the high-flying Freier. The senior at Northwest High School in Justin, Texas, also won her division at the Millrose Games with a vault of 14 feet. In fact, she set a record in every meet this indoor season!

Desieree Freier soars to national record.

Making it look easy, Freier soars to a national record!

Freier’s sky-high trajectory is the product of lots of hard work and great coaching from her father, George Rodriguez, and his son, Devin Rodriguez. They’ve been coaching her at TexasPoleVault since she picked up a pole in the 8th grade, and promptly soared to 10’09”!

Over the past four years, Desi, as she is known, has skyrocketed to become the top prep vaulter in the nation. Continue reading

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Campaign Over the Moon, Let’s Reach the Stars!

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Maggie Fans Met the 1st  Goal in 19 Days!

Maggie Fans Met the 1st Goal in 19 Days!

Because of your great response, we surpassed our first funding goal in only 19 days! Acclaimed audiobook narrator Tavia Gilbert will perform Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake. Her talented performance will lift this inspiring story to new heights and we can’t wait to hear it!

“Words can’t express how exciting it was to see our campaign reach its initial funding goal,” Overstake said. “We’ve got some exciting announcements to make over the next few days! Thanks to all of our sponsors for making this campaign possible!” Continue reading

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The ‘Missing Ingredient’ Youngsters Can Find On a Pole-Vault Runway


A report says the grit needed to persevere through challenging activities, such as  pole-vaulting, is a missing ingredient in today’s youth. Shown: Alyssa Wheeler, a state champion and nationally ranked vaulter from Wichita, Kan.

Is good old-fashioned grit the missing ingredient in today’s youth?

Yes it is, according to a report on today’s National Public Radio’s Morning Edition.  

In a segment titled, “Does Teaching Kids To Get ‘Gritty’ Help Them Get Ahead?” reporter Tovia Smith says, “Around the nation, schools are beginning to see grit as key to students’ success — and just as important to teach as reading and math.”

NationalPublicRadioIn the interview, Angela Duckworth, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, says, “This quality of being able to sustain your passions, and also work really hard at them, over really disappointingly long periods of time, that’s grit. It’s a very, I think, American idea in some ways — really pursuing something against all odds.”


It takes a lot of old-fashioned grit to learn to pole-vault.

Reporter Smith adds, “Experts define grit as persistence, determination and resilience; it’s that je ne sais quoi that drives one kid to practice trumpet or study Spanish for hours — or years — on end, while another quits after the first setback.” Then the reporter asks: Can grit be taught?

According to author Grant Overstake, the answer to that question can be found in a sport where youngsters are learning to face their fears, overcome obstacles, and triumph over gravity.

Raise the Bar Pole Vault Club “I think pole-vaulting is one of the greatest ways for a young person to develop grit,” Overstake says, “because it takes tremendous courage and self-will to keep going higher and higher over a rising crossbar. Grit is a great word to describe what all great and future great pole-vaulters have in abundance.”

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Help a Youth Soar with a ‘Maggie Steele Camp Scholarship Award’

TaviaforBlogHeaderScholarshipAwardWithout the timely support of a few key members of her caring community, storybook pole-vaulter Maggie Steele would never have vaulted over the moon.


Maggie Steele Camp Scholarship Awards will be presented to youth with the courage of pole-vaulting’s favorite storybook heroine.

But because the right people stepped up at just the right time, the gutsy farm girl from Grain Valley, Kansas soared to amazing heights and became a shining example of courage and perseverance for young people everywhere.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is the story of one determined teenager’s triumph over gravity whose life was changed by people who cared. Now you can help a worthy youngster soar with a “Maggie Steele Camp Scholarship Award” presented in your honor for a gift ranging from $200 to $400 to Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign.

“This is a remarkable opportunity for a bighearted person to make a real difference at just the right time in a young person’s life,” said author Grant Overstake. “I know there are grown ups out there who remember that one person who gave them a boost just when they needed it. This is a chance to repay that act of kindness.” Continue reading