Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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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Today’s the Last Day to Enter Maggie Christmas Giveaway

ChristmasTreeADCroppedDo you know someone who needs hope and inspiration this holiday season? Today, Wednesday, December 18th, is the last day to enter the Maggie Christmas Giveaway.

Author Grant Overstake would like to send gift copies of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon to people who need it most, and he’s asking for your help to find them

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In 100 words or less, tell us why Maggie Vaults Over the Moon would be an uplifting gift for someone you know. Without identifying the person by name or revealing anything that could violate their privacy, tell us what’s going on in this person’s life and why you think they would be comforted by the story.

Three entries will be selected at midnight tonight, central time. Winners will be contacted privately. The books will be autographed by the author and dedicated with your personal message, then gift wrapped and shipped to the recipient to arrive before Christmas. Continue reading


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‘Voice of Masters Track and Field’ Recommends ‘Marvelous Maggie’ for Veteran Athletes, too

'The Voice' of Masters Track and Field, Ken Stone, reviewed 'Maggie' on MastersTrack.com

Ken Stone sees ‘Maggie’ being popular with masters athletes.

The Voice of Masters Track and Field has spoken, and Ken Stone says…

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is a “marvelous” and “vivid” story that will rekindle “the youthful joy” of achievement for all athletes, from nine to 99 years-young.

In a glowing review posted on Masterstrack.com, Stone, a living legend in the world of senior athletics, admits to “getting a little teary-eyed at times” while reading the story of Maggie Steele, the gutsy Kansas farm girl who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a storybook pole-vaulter.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon“I was impressed,” Stone writes. “Mostly for how [author Grant Overstake] got into the mind of a Kansas farm girl. But especially his eye for detail. Grant vividly describes track meets and vaulting.”

While Maggie is technically a young adult novel, Stone adds, “I could see this book being popular with masters athletes as well.”

In fact, Stone was in the process of reading Maggie Vaults Over the Moon during the recent USATF Masters National Track and Field Championships, in which he competed as an athlete and wrote about for his international readership. Continue reading


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G’Day Mate! ‘Maggie’ Vaults Down Under!

Pole-vault crazy Australia, home of Olympic champion Steve Hooker, the inspiring sports novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

‘Maggie’ is on sale now in Australia, home of Beijing Olympic champ Steve Hooker.

GRAIN VALLEY, Kan. — Folks around here are still searching for the right words to express how thrilled they are that Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is on sale now at Australia’s premier online bookseller, Angus & Robertson.

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“Gee-whiz, I mean, Crikey!” said author Grant Overstake, before stifling himself. “I’ve probably offended half the country, so I’ll stop pretending I know how to speak Strine, which I obviously don’t.

“But I do know that I’m delighted that Maggie’s now reaching one of the world’s greatest countries for pole-vaulting. In fact, they even have a pole-vault postage stamp!”

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon tells the story of Maggie Steele, a gutsy Kansas farm girl who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter. The novel has been endorsed by US Olympic vaulters and others around the world who identify with the book’s inspiring message for young people.

“So many Australian youngsters are passionate about vaulting, especially girls,” Overstake added. “I can’t wait for them to know that Maggie has arrived in their country.”

Vaulting is very popular in Australia for girls like Maggie!

Vaulting is very popular in Australia for girls like Maggie!

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Author Presents ‘Maggie’ to Elite Vaulters at Shocker Pre-State Challenge

Author Grant Overstake presented copies of his novel, 'Maggie Vaults Over the Moon' to winners of the Shocker Pre-State Challenge 2013 Elite Girls' Pole-Vault winners (shown from left to right): Hannah Middleton, Great Bend High School, third place; Emily Roland, Andale High School, first place; and Selam Ball, Great Bend High School, second place. (Photo by Brett Middleton).

Winners of the Shocker Pre-State Challenge 2013 Elite Girls’ Pole-Vault held April 12th at Cessna Stadium (from left): Hannah Middleton, Great Bend High School, third place; Emily Rowland, Andale High School, first place; and Selam Ball, Great Bend High School, second place. (Photos by Brett Middleton).

High-flying heroine Maggie Steele found herself on the awards stand at Cessna Stadium when copies of the new teen sports novel Maggie Vaults Over the Moon were presented to the winners of the Elite Girls’ Pole-Vault at the Shocker Pre-State Challenge 2013 track meet, held April 12th at Wichita State University.

WUSHOCKTRACKLOGOWichita-based author Grant Overstake awarded the medals and presented a copy of Maggie to Emily Roland, Andale High School, first place; Selam Ball, Great Bend High School, second place; and Hannah Middleton, Great Bend High School, third place. Continue reading


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‘Maggie’ Vaults to No. 3 on Watermark Books’ Best-Seller List!

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Best-sellers from Watermark Books

(As of April 21, 2013)

1. “Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain” by Ryan Blair

2. “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson

3. “Maggie Vaults Over the Moon” by Grant Overstake

4. “A Kansas Soldier at War” by Ken Spurgeon Continue reading


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‘Maggie’ Earns ‘Five Golden Moons!’ from Five-Star Reviewer Fran Lewis

[Author’s note: One of the greatest thrills a newly-published author can experience is to have a reviewer get excited about his or her first novel. I’m delighted that ‘Maggie’ earned a stellar recommendation from Fran Lewis, one of the blogosphere’s most prolific and influential book reviewers! Like so many who follow this blog, Fran loved her journey to Grain Valley, Kansas. She grasped the story’s message, and she fell in love with Maggie, Alex, Troy, Grandma, and all the other characters. Thank you, Fran, for reading my book, and for giving Maggie ‘Five Gold Medals’ and ‘Five Golden Moons!’ — Grant Overstake]

Fran Lewis has reviewed more than 350 books on Amazon.com

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Book reviewer Fran Lewis is a distinguished retired educator who worked in the New York City Public Schools as the Reading and Writing Staff Developer for over 36 years. She holds three masters Degrees and a PhD in Supervision and Administration. She is a member of Who’s Who of America’s Teachers and Who’s Who of America’s Executives from Cambridge. A successful writer and author, Fran has published ten books in various genres. Continue reading