Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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Storybook Maggie Celebrates 7 Years Over the Moon!

Vaulters celebrated with Maggie at the Gold Medal Pole Vault Camp in Andale, Kan., 2013. Youngsters who were teens when the book was published are in their 20s today.

GRAIN VALLEY, Kan. — A lot has happened in the world of pole-vaulting in the past seven years, and storybook heroine Maggie Steele has been there.

Published Oct. 12, 2013, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is a classic story in the pole-vault community.

Published October 12, 2012, the young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon celebrates it’s 7th year today. The young adult novel has become the gold-medal story of the sport, earning praise for it’s positive message for young teens, especially girls.

“It’s amazing to think that youngsters who were 13 when the book came out are 20 today!” said author Grant Overstake.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has stood the test of time as a story that defines grit and perseverance, which is what this great sport is all about.”

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is the magical story of Maggie Steele, a gritty Kansas farm girl who rebounds after tragedy and reaches new heights as a pole-vaulter. Kirkus Reviews calls it, “A fine young adult novel about perseverance in sports and in life.” The story also was voted the No. 1 Athlete Girl Book on Goodreads, and named national Book of the Week by Bookworks Publishers Weekly.

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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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Presenting Maggie on Audio by Tavia Gilbert!

NewPromoAllBrandsWithSloganGRAIN VALLEY, Kan. — The audiobook version of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, narrated by voice actress Tavia Gilbert, has been released by distribution giant Blackstone Audio to major internet platforms and download sites around the world.

PlayawayCover     The audio is available via digital download, various CD formats, and on Playaway, a popular new pre-loaded audio device (above).

The audio is available on digital download, CD formats, and on Playaway, a popular new pre-loaded audio device (above).

“It’s a dream come true to hear this story brought to life by a superstar talent like Tavia,” said author Grant Overstake. “Her performance is spot-on perfect and now everyone can hear it.”

Blackstone Audio is the nation’s largest independent audiobook publisher. Its vast collection includes over 10,000 titles, including countless bestsellers. Maggie Vaults Over the Moon will fill a gap in a growing category — Sports Fiction for Tween and Teenage Girls.

Gilbert, a six-time finalist for the Audie Awards (the Oscars for Audiobook performers), multiple Earphones, and Parent’s Choice Award-winner, was instrumental in promoting the crowdfunding campaign that financed the project, and assured its distribution through Blackstone Audio.

“This project was made possible because countless people saw the potential for this story to inspire, comfort, strengthen, and ignite the passion of young people, and I’m grateful that Grant honored me by allowing me to tell Maggie’s story,” Gilbert said.

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‘Maggie’ Narrator Featured in AudioFile Magazine

Tavia Gilbert is featured in the current issue of AudioFile Magazine.

Tavia Gilbert is featured in the current issue of AudioFile Magazine.

The amazing Tavia Gilbert, narrator and producer of the soon-to-be-released audiobook, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon,  is once again in the industry’s spotlight — this time in the current issue of AudioFile Magazine.

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In a a glowing feature profile, writer Jessie C. Grearson describes Gilbert as “…a narrator known for her talent and passionate professionalism, [who] has voiced more than 300 titles across genres, garnering the industry’s highest honors, including six Audie nominations and an assortment of Earphones Awards.”

Gilbert explains in fascinating detail the great lengths she goes to when preparing herself to perform a book on audio. Grearson writes, “A glimpse into her process makes her success seem inevitable. She approaches each narration with great care…”
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Audiobook Coming March 31st! Listen Now!

NewHeaderNewTaviaTwitterHeader4The audiobook version of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, narrated by Tavia Gilbert, will be released by distribution giant Blackstone Audio on March 31st, 2015. Pre-order now and save 20% at Downpour.com.

PlayawayCoverAfter months of anticipation, author Grant Overstake says the audiobook version of his novel is TOTALLY worth waiting for.

“It’s a dream come true to hear my story brought to life by a superstar talent like Tavia,” he said. “Her performance as Maggie is so spot-on perfect, I just can’t wait for you to hear it.”

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“This is a great title for young listeners! Teenage Maggie copes with a tragic loss by excelling in the challenging athletics of pole-vaulting. I love how Grant made the sport a metaphor for courage, faith, and belief in oneself.” — Tavia Gilbert

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PreOrder Maggie on audiobook today and save $3.

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Pole Vaulters Find $1 Million in College Scholarships in Rusty Shealy’s Backyard

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Shealy Athletics vaulters appear on the April cover of  Vaulter Magazine.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — Longtime Realtor Rusty Shealy knows the value of a good piece of property. So after months of searching, he jumped at the opportunity to purchase a home with 4.5 wooded acres, plenty of space to teach youngsters everything he knows about his favorite sport.

Shealy’s wise investment at 121 Crockett Road, more specifically, his investment of coaching wisdom into the lives of hundreds of pole vaulters over the past 17 years, has returned an estimated $1 million in college scholarships for his athletes.

Shealy’s backyard facility is the place where athletes from the Southeastern United States and around the nation receive “The Unfair Advantage!” in their quest for greatness. In fact, Shealy Athletics vaulters won 6 South Carolina High School State Championships in 2013!

It’s a fitting tribute that Coach Shealy and some of his high school vaulters appear on the April 2014 cover of Vaulter Magazine. His list of outstanding vaulters is as impressive as it is long.

In 2013, Coach Shealy was the recipient of the prestigious Jeff Truman Memorial Pole Vault Summit–Shipan all-expenses paid trip to the Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada, where the world’s elite coaches and vaulters honored him as one of the sport’s great coaches.

Coach Shealy was nominated for the award by veteran international pole vault “guru” David “DJ” Johnston, who wrote: “[Rusty’s] record for taking TOTAL beginners to national champions is unprecedented.”
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Saddleback Valley Pole Vaulting Club is Ready to Soar with Grand Prize Gear from Gill Athletics!

Saddleback Valley Pole Vaulting Club is rising to new heights thanks to Coach Dan Cassidy, who scored the Grand Prize Package from Gill Athletics for his contribution to Maggie's Crowdfunding Campaign.

Saddleback Valley Pole Vaulting Club is rising to new heights thanks to Coach Dan Cassidy, who scored the Grand Prize Package from Gill Athletics for his contribution to Maggie’s Crowdfunding Campaign.

Young vaulters are rising to new heights every day at Saddleback Pole Vaulting Club in Mission Viejo, California.

Proud Sponsor of Maggie's Audiobook Campaign.

The Grand Prize Package includes a Mean Green Skypole, Skypole Pole Bag, and a roll of Ninja Elite Vaulting Grip Tape.

They’ll get an added boost with a Mean Green Skypole like Maggie used to vault over the moon!

Saddleback Coach Dan Cassidy scored the Skypole as part of the Grand Prize Package from Gill Athletics for his generous contribution to Maggie’s Crowdfunding Campaign.

Gill Athletics provided the Grand Prize package to help narrator Tavia Gilbert perform and produce Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on audiobook. The campaign will cover Tavia’s expenses, and lift the sport of pole-vaulting to a new audience. Continue reading