A former rural newspaper editor has created a teen novel that’s harvesting praise from readers of all ages for its realistic view of life on a family farm.
Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is a perfect gift idea for anyone with rural roots. It’s vivid and realistic scenes bring readers back home.
Years spent as a journalist embedded in Kansas wheat country helped Grant Overstake create a vivid setting for the story, in which a high school senior named Maggie Steele struggles to overcome a family tragedy and is confronted by a decision faced by many rural teens: Stay home and save the family farm or pursue the life of her dreams?
Overstake, the former editor of the small-town Hillsboro (Kansas) Star-Journal, places the story near the fictional town of Grain Valley, Kan., which, in real life, could be anyplace where the grain elevator is the busiest place in town, especially at harvest time. Continue reading