Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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Help Young Athletes Dream Big this Season with ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has inspired scores of young athletes to follow their dreams. Author Grant Overstake presented his novel to vaulters at the Wichita Catholic League Championships.

A perfect read for track season, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has become an instant classic that has inspired many young athletes to soar.

Like the gritty heroine Maggie Steele, the goal for every prep track athlete is the State Championships such as this one in Kansas, which one of the largest track meets in the nation.

Heroine Maggie Steele is a gritty farm girl who finds herself on a quest to soar waaay higher than her critics think a girl should dare to go. A flight of magical realism with breathtaking descriptions of a totally awesome sport, the novel is a rewarding read for mid-grade to adults.

The story begins on a Kansas wheat farm and climaxes at the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships, which, with more than 3,000 competitors and 20,000 spectators, is one of the largest track meets in the nation.

Legendary track coach Dennis Bolt has coached at Hillsboro (KS) High School for over 25 years. And during that time, hundreds of his athletes have qualified for the state track meet, including some 40+ state champions! Bolt’s boys’ and girls’ teams have won several class 3A team titles. In recognition, Bolt was honored as the National Federation Boys Coach of the Year in 2004.

Coach Bolt recommends Maggie Vaults Over the Moon to help inspire his athletes to greatness:

“As a teacher and coach, I’m continually amazed by the resilience of our young people and how much ability they have, despite their challenges. They are our future, and they need someone in their lives to cheer them on, and to help them discover their inner voice that says, “Yes, I can!” as opportunities arise…

National Coach of the Year Dennis Bolt recommends ‘Maggie’

“A great story by a great author, Overstake’s experience with pole-vaulting brings passion to his storytelling. He brings to life the trials and tribulations that lead to Maggie’s triumph, and his descriptions of the historic Kansas State High School Track and Field championships is spot-on. Highly recommended!”

Another legendary track coach, Centralia High’s Kimbrook Tennal, reviewed Maggie Vaults Over the Moon for his local newspaper:

“Maggie made me laugh and it made me cry and it took me back down onto the track at Cessna Stadium where I had one of the most exciting memorable moments in all of my coaching career... When I had finished reading the book, which I did all in one sitting partly because I didn’t want to put the book down, I thought to myself, ‘I wish I had written this book.’ …I tell my athletes to set goals that give you goose bumps. Maggie gave me goose bumps! The most privileged and talented athletes don’t always win the gold. Sometimes the gold goes to those with the biggest dreams.”

A young guru in the world of pole vaulting, Shawn Francis says Maggie Vaults Over the Moon might be the sport’s best novel.

Shawn Francis reviews Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on his Team Hoot vlog. “This is an amazing book for anyone. I burned through it in one sitting.”

“To be 100% honest,” Francis confessed, “I don’t usually like fiction books, but this book has so much truth in it, not just from pole-vault, I burned through it in one sitting!”

Famed Olympic pole-vaulter and coach of champions, Erica (Bartolina) Fraley ‘connected’ with heroine Maggie Steele so much that she presents the novel as motivational reading to her young vaulters. Among her many great athletes are Southeastern Louisiana pole vaulter Devin King who soared an astonishing 19 feet, 0.25 inches at the Texas Relays earlier this spring.

Olympic vaulter and coach of champions, Erica (Bartolina) Fraley inspires her young athletes with copies of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

“The positive influence this book can have on young athletes is invaluable,” Bartolina says. “I am thrilled to have my athletes read it and be energized by the positive message: Stay driven and never give up!”

Through hard work and persistence, Erica was able to overcome a horrible childhood accident, losing sight in one eye. She overcame her injury to accomplish her dreams. She sees same traits in Maggie, the gutsy heroine from Grain Valley, Kan. “The same determination Maggie shows in the book is what helped me achieve in vaulting all throughout my career,” she says. “My mother had a quote on the refrigerator while I was growing up: ‘Shoot for the Moon, if you miss it, you are still among the Stars!’ and I lived by this.”

Maggie also faces many obstacles and hardships on her tiny Kansas farm. One of her biggest challenges is overcoming the gender bias of some powerful local townspeople who seem to be living in a time warp some 40 years in the past — before Title IX guaranteed girls the right to have equal access to sports. Despite powerful opposition, she finds her destiny through a track and field event that was once considered too dangerous for girls!

That theme struck a resounding chord with USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan, a best-selling author who has covered the past 18 Olympic Games. Brennan is regarded as the top female sportswriter in the nation and an important voice for gender equality in sports.

“This inspiring book comes along at a perfect time, on the 40th anniversary of Title IX and in the same year as women athletes dominated the 2012 London Olympics,” Brennan says. “Girls who play sports and the coaches and families who support them will thoroughly enjoy Grant Overstake’s warm, uplifting story. After reading it, we’ll all wish we were pole vaulters like Maggie.”

Maggie has been endorsed by Olympic athletes, school counselors, and the Kansas State High School Activities Association for its positive message for young people.

Written for the young and young at heart, Maggie’s inspiring message is always in season, for every season of life. Maggie inspired one of America’s most inspirational senior writers, Nancy Julien Kopp, who has published numerous stories in 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 Kopp. “Heartwarming and realistic, this book is a winner.”

According to author Grant Overstake, Most young athletes are introduced to the novel by their coaches, parents or grandparents. And, athletes who’ve since gone on to college have recommended the book to younger athletes following in their footsteps. Get Maggie in the hands of your aspiring young athletes today by ordering it on paperback, ebook or audiobook at Amazon.com

Maggie says, “Have a great season! I’ll See you over the moon!”

Maggie is available at the Midwest’s premier independent bookstore, Watermark Books and Cafe in Wichita.


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Limited Time Offer! Get 15% Off Team Hoot’s New In-Season Training Program, Free Swag, and a Free Copy of ‘Maggie’ Too!

Click here to sign up for Shawn Francis’s Team Hoot YouTube Channel.

Just in time for your high school season, pole vault guru Shawn Francis has created a new training program specifically for you — including new workouts and a training schedule to help you peak at the big meets like conference and state!

And for a limited time, subscribers to the Team Hoot vlog on YouTube get a 15 percent discount on the workout program, free Team Hoot swag, and a free copy of the novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. Click here now to subscribe to Team Hoot and get with the program!


If you’re not watching Shawn Francis’s Team Hoot video blog on YouTube, you are missing out! This No. 1 pole-vault channel has 3,300 subscribers and 230,187 views!

As a professional, Shawn Francis was among the best vaulters in the nation. As coach and teacher, he is one of the most highly sought after coaches and educators in the sport, while running his totally awesome Team Hoot Pole Vault channel on YouTube. As of today, the vlog has more than 3,000 subscribers, and 230,187 views!

Intended for high school coaches and athletes, Shawn’s new program models the successful program he used to become an elite vaulter and coach, using many of the same circuits. If you want to be fast and jump high, this is the program for you!

The High School program looks like this:

*5 days a week

*30 pages including:

*Running workouts and weights

*Different circuits

*Tips on recovery, sports psychology and nutrition

* And, 7 different videos on different warm-ups, general strength circuits, recovery circuits, mobility circuits, and plyo circuits.

It’s all fine-tuned to help you reach peak performance. Long story short, it works!

 

Shawn Francis is an expert on the pole-vault, including physical training for the sport.

Super important for prep vaulters are Shawn’s tips on how to manage your training around meet days and how to adjust to multiple meets in a single week. Everything is designed with your highest and best performances in mind!

Special discount for Team Hoot Subscribers!

Get an additional 15% discount just for subscribing to the Team Hoot channel on YouTube! All you’ve got to do is sign up and Shawn will send you a special discount code.

But wait! There’s more!

An inspiring story, Maggie is endorsed by Olympic vaulters, coaches, and the KSHSAA.

The first 8 people to order the Team Hoot High School Training Program will get a free copy of the inspiring young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake. Here’s what Shawn had to say about the novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

Endorsed by Olympic athletes and coaches, this story will inspire you to reach your highest and best this season. And, Shawn will send you some gnarly Team Hoot swag while supplies last!

Author Grant Overstake says, “I’m thrilled to be included to promote this offer for Shawn Francis’s Team Hoot High School Training Program. He’s one of the brightest leaders in our sport, and if you’re not watching his Team Hoot video blog on YouTube, you are missing out!”

So what are you waiting for?! If you want to soar over the moon this season, click here now to subscribe to Team Hoot on YouTube, and get with the Team Hoot High School Training program!


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Guru Reviewer: Is ‘Maggie’ the Best Pole Vault Story Ever?! Check it out!

Pole vault guru Shawn Francis reviews Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on his Team Hoot vlog. “This is an amazing book for anyone. I burned through it in one sitting.”

A true guru in the world of pole vaulting, Shawn Francis says the YA novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon might be the sport’s best novel.

“To be 100% honest,” Shawn confessed, “I don’t usually like fiction books, but this book has so much truth in it, not just from pole-vault, but from growing up being a high schooler. I burned through it in one sitting!”

Francis recently reviewed the novel on his popular Team Hoot video blog (vlog).

As a former world-class vaulter, Shawn knows a ton  about the sport and cares deeply about the young people he works with at his Team Hoot instructional camps around the nation, especially those who struggle with the emotional ups and downs of adolescence.

Shawn’s trademark slogan is, “Life is meant to be experienced and curiosity will get you there.” No wonder he’s cheering for Maggie Steele, the novel’s gritty heroine. The grief-stricken high school farm girl finds healing and rises to new heights through pole-vaulting, one of the most daring sports of all.

“I don’t want to ruin it for you, but if you’re a pole vaulter or you’ve been involved in the sport at all, or any sport in general, or if you just found music or something else, this book is about finding something that helps you navigate through life and gives you some purpose and some meaning and just helps you grow into who you are.”

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