Maggie Vaults Over the Moon

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Maggie Soars to New Heights at Kansas Book Festival!

'Maggie' author Grant Overstake is visited at the Kansas Book Festival by the Poet Laureate of Kansas, Wyatt Townley, and her author husband, Roderick. "There are some very big ideas in this book," she said.

‘Maggie’ author Grant Overstake was visited at the Kansas Book Festival by Wyatt Townley, Poet Laureate of Kansas, and her husband, Roderick, also a noted author. “There are some big ideas in this book,” she said.

TOPEKA, Kan. — Even without her pole-vaulting pole, Maggie Steele soared to amazing new heights at the Kansas Book Festival.

KansasBookFestivalLogoAuthor Grant Overstake introduced his young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, at the event, held Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Kansas State Capitol.

“It was an unforgettable, amazing experience,” Overstake said. “The people I got to meet, I can’t believe it. I’m still pinching myself.”

Designed to “celebrate the best of Kansas literature, arts and history,” the festival promotes literacy and encourages a life-long love of reading by bringing authors, publishers and illustrators together with the book-loving people of Kansas.

Maggie Wright, 12, of Topeka, found a book with her name on it!

Maggie Wright, 12, of Topeka, found an awesome book with her name on it!

Overstake, of Wichita, shared a booth with historian, writer and illustrator, Linda S. Johnston. A resident of Virginia, Johnston’s book, Hope Amid Hardship: Pioneer Voices from Kansas Territory, is a beautiful and illuminating collection of journals and writings from everyday people in Kansas history dating back to the 1850s.


Overstake shared a booth with historian, writer and illustrator, Linda S. Johnston.

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‘Maggie’ Inspires Noted Kansas Author Tracy Million Simmons

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has received an enthusiastic Sunday Book Review from award-winning Kansas author Tracy Million Simmons.

 -- Tracy Million Simmons

“I was inspired and would recommend this book to all of my young reading friends…. It is a story that I think readers of all ages will appreciate.” — Author Tracy Million Simmons

A notable fixture on the Kansas authors’ scene, Simmons has been honored by the Kansas Arts Commission, the Kansas Voices Contest, and has been active in the Kansas Authors Club for more than a decade. In addition to writing, book reviewing and blogging, she also is the manager of the Emporia Farmers Market.

And, like the novel’s heroine, Maggie Steele, Simmons grew up on a Kansas family farm, helped with wheat harvests, and even showed lambs at the 4-H county fair!

“To have someone with Tracy’s roots and writing ability identify so deeply with Maggie and and the setting of Grain Valley is very meaningful to me,” said author Grant Overstake, who added, “Tracy’s new book, Tiger Hunting is also set in Kansas, and it’s a wonderful read.” Continue reading