Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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

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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.”

Thank You for Voting! Maggie is the No. 1 rated Athlete Girl Book on Goodreads!

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 BlackstoneAudio.com.

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


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Pole-Vault World Rallies for Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign

TaviaGilbertHeaderWithWords Tavia Gilbert has agreed to perform Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on audiobook!

Maggie Vaults Over the MoonMany of the biggest names in the worldwide pole-vaulting community have rallied behind the crowdfunding campaign to cover Tavia’s expenses, donating camp slots and other cool stuff for contributors, like you.

An Olympic-caliber talent, Tavia has been nominated six times for the Audie Award, which is equal to the Academy Award in her profession!

Author Grant Overstake says, “Having Maggie presented on audiobook by a great performer like Tavia will have a huge impact on our favorite sport.

“And, with regard to the perks and freebies we’ve lined up for people who step up and donate to the campaign, all I can say is — be prepared to be blown away.”

The 30-day fund-raising event begins March 1st.

Stay tuned for further details!


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Maggie Christmas! Thanks for 17,000 Views!

Thanks for making 2013 an unforgettable year for Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, and for welcoming a gutsy farm girl from Grain Valley, Kansas into your lives. Celebrating 17,000 views! Maggie Christmas!

Thanks for making 2013 an unforgettable year for Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, and for welcoming a gutsy farm girl from Grain Valley, Kansas into your lives. Celebrating 17,000 views! Maggie Christmas!


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Maggie Inspires ‘Chicken Soup’ and ‘Guideposts’ Contributor Nancy Julien Kopp

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Guideposts writer Nancy Julien Kopp recommends ‘Maggie’.

One of America’s most inspirational writers has discovered a satisfying new source of inspirational reading:

Inspirational writer Nancy Julien Kopp has contributed to 13 Chicken Soup of the Soul books.

Kopp’s stories have appeared in 13 Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

“I spent two evenings reading Maggie Vaults Over the Moon and this long-time adult enjoyed the story immensely,” writes Nancy Julien Kopp. “Maggie is a good role model for young people as she’s determined, caring, and full of spirit and spunk. Heartwarming and realistic, this book is a winner.”

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon tells the story of Maggie Steele, a Kansas farm girl who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter.

The novel has been endorsed by Olympic pole-vaulters, coaches, school counselors, and now by a prolific writer of inspirational nonfiction. Kopp, who lives in Manhattan, Kan., has been published in no less than 13 Chicken Soup for the Soul books and several other anthologies, including Guideposts.

Here’s an excerpt of Kopp’s review, posted on her popular blog, Writer Granny’s 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’ Gets 5 More Stars!

Your book was probably the most pure and wholesome young adult book I've ever read.

“It’s one of the most pure and wholesome young adult books I’ve ever read.” — Shannon Clark

Thanks to Shannon Clark of I Run Read Teach   for an Awesome Review:

You know that saying — “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well, it applies to this book. Most definitely! Grant Overstake, the author, contacted me about reading his book and reviewing it on my blog. I am so glad I did.

Coach, teacher and running enthusiast Shannon Clark is also a Girls Gone Sporty ambassador, an active group of women promoting health, life and fitness for girls of all ages.

English teacher and Coach Shannon Clark is also a Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador, promoting health, life and fitness for girls of all ages.

It’s a young adult book that’s appropriate for young adults as well as 4th and up. When do you ever find a young adult book like that? Some words that would best describe it would be- PURE, WHOLESOME, GENUINE -those can also describe Maggie, the main character.

Not an inappropriate word throughout the entire book. No inappropriate content either. I mean that’s a hard find in today’s world! It’s one of the most pure and wholesome young adult books I’ve ever read. Continue reading


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NPR Asks: What’s the Future for Real-Life ‘Maggies’ on America’s Family Farms?

The new teen sports novel "Maggie Vaults Over the Moon" focuses on farm life and harvests in rural Kansas.

“Maggie Vaults Over the Moon” focuses on farm issues in rural Kansas.

What’s the future for the thousands of real-life Maggie Steeles living on family farms? The answer has dramatic implications for the future of rural America.

NationalPublicRadioThe future of family farms is the topic of a recent article posted at NPR.org written by Jessica Stoller-Conrad, titled, “Future Farms Of America Might Not Include Much Family.”

The article quotes a professor of agricultural economics who says the tradition of passing farms from one generation to the next, for the sake of tradition, has run its course. He disputes the belief that farm parents owe it to their children to reserve a place for them in the farm business. Because, he says, “The other side of that coin is that then your children owe it to you to stay home, even if they don’t want to.” Continue reading