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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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Maggie Welcomes Thousands of Visitors Worldwide

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Maggie uses a time zone map to keep in touch with visitors.

Maggie Steele, the storybook heroine who vaults over the moon, has been attracting thousands of visitors from around the world.

Maggie Vaults Over the MoonSo many visitors, in fact, that she’s using a time zone map to keep track of them all.*

People are visiting her blog because her novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, is the first to capture the thrills and excitement of pole-vaulting, one of the world’s fastest-growing sports, especially among girls.

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

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See below for the complete list of global visitors to Maggie’s blog.

“With the growth of social media, people are more connected than ever, bringing the close-knit community of vaulters even closer,” said author Grant Overstake. “As a result, people everywhere are discovering this inspirational story and its universal message. The exciting news is that this is just the beginning for Maggie. More international events are coming.”

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is now available in paperback or eBook and can be purchased through Amazon.com in the United States, Canada, China, Japan, United KingdomGermany, SpainFrance, and Italy. Maggie also is available at Australia’s premier online bookseller, Angus & Robertson, and at hundreds of local independent US booksellers near you. Continue reading


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Maggie Soars Past 10,000 Visitors! Grandma says, ‘Let’s Have Pie!’

Maggie welcomed her 10,000th visitor on Sunday. Grandma said, “Let’s have pie!”

GRAIN VALLEY, Kan. — Grandma just knew that the 10,000th visitor to Maggie’s blog would appear sometime Sunday evening, so she baked one of her blue-ribbon rhubarb pies, and then she shoo-shooed Maggie and Troy away from the dinner table without dessert, until company arrived.

“The visitor counter climbed steadily from 9,950 to 9,999,” Maggie said, recalling the moment. “But then, it just froze there, not moving! It was at 9,999 forever!”

Maggie Vaults Over the MoonWith the 10,000th visitor due any second, the big question was, From where on earth would the 10,000th visitor arrive? 

Just as the clock struck seven on Sunday, July 21st, 2013, the answer came — the visitor was from, wait for it… Columbia, Missouri!

“Well isn’t that wonderful?” Grandma said, smiling sweetly. “Let’s have pie!”

Maggie and Troy and everybody else here in Grain Valley had a good laugh. It’s a knee-slapper because Kansans and Missourians have been big rivals since, like forever. Especially in sports. But not in pole-vaulting, because everybody knows that everyone who pole-vaults wants the highest and best for each other, no matter where they come from. It’s in the code.

10000_Worldwide“It was awesome to see that 10 followed by so many zeroes,” Maggie said. “It’s amazing to think how far we’ve come since, well, you know.”

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, coaches, and teachers who identify with its inspiring message for young people, and, most importantly, by young people themselves.

Since the novel was published in October 2012, Maggie has inspired readers all over the world. 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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Order ‘Maggie’ here!

“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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‘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’ Vaults Into Wichita Public Schools!

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Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has vaulted onto the library bookshelves at Wichita Public Schools — a thrilling feat for author Grant Overstake, who was born and raised in “The Air Capital City.”

The new teen sports novel also can be found at the Wichita Public Library and in many private school libraries in the city.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon“I was really touched when I heard that school officials had read and endorsed Maggie’s story, and that my book was going to be available to so many students in my hometown,” said Overstake, who attended Buckner Elementary, Brooks Junior High, and Heights High School.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon retells the story of Maggie Steele, a gutsy farm girl from tiny Grain Valley, Kansas, who pours her broken heart into the daring and sometimes dangerous sport of pole-vaulting. The story climaxes at the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships, held each May at Cessna Stadium on the campus of Wichita State University. Continue reading


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Kennesaw State’s Vaulters Love ‘Maggie!’

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Kennesaw State University’s pole-vaulters, shown from left: Michael Owenby, Shawna Lehman, Jacy Robertson, Lauren Wilson, and Matt Morris. The squad is coached by Robbie Robertson. Maggie says, “Go Owls! Go!”

Maggie was delighted to receive an awesome photo from the Kennesaw State University Pole-Vaulting Squad!

Kennesaw_State_Athletics_Primary_LogoLocated in Kennesaw, Georgia, Kennesaw State is one of the strongest track and field teams in the South, competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

According to Owls’ Coach Robbie Robertson, his vaulters loved seeing their awesome sport highlighted in the new teen novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake. Robertson also coaches the Georgia Pole Vault Club. Continue reading