Maggie Vaults Over the Moon

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‘Maggie’ Brings Home Readers with Rural Roots

"Maggie" vividly depicts the challenges and joys of a teen on a Kansas family farm.

“Maggie” vividly depicts the challenges and joys of a teen on a Kansas family farm.

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.


A great gift for folks with rural roots.

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

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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 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