Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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Help Athletes Dream Big With ‘Maggie!’

‘Maggie’ inspired scores of 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, one of the largest 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. Here’s what he has to say about, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon: Continue reading


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Take Flight this Summer with ‘Maggie’ on Audio!

AudiobookMonth2Thanks to superstar voice actress Tavia Gilbert, every month is Audiobook Appreciation Month here in Grain Valley, Kansas! To honor Tavia and all the awesome voice actors and actresses out there, we’ve been giving away Downpour.com downloads of Tavia’s performance of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon every week during June, which is officially Audiobook Appreciation Month.

TAVIATEASERLISTENNOWOur final-week winners are: Paul Paire of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania,  and Michelle Gard Wilgers of Wichita, Kansas!

Other winners Nick Vogt of Meadow Vista, California; Kay Hoch Metzinger of Eldorado, Kansas; Quinton Adrian Thomas of Newton, Kansas; and, Olympic pole-vault champion Allan Williams of London, United Kingdom.

Author Grant Overstake says, “Thanks to everyone who entered the contest! Audiobooks are more popular now than ever. If you’ve never listened, summertime is the perfect time to try one out. And, of course, you should start by soaring with ‘Maggie’ performed by Tavia Gilbert.”

A narrator known for her talent and passionate professionalism, Tavia Gilbert has voiced more than 300 titles, garnering the industry’s highest honors, including six Audie nominations and an assortment of Earphones Awards. She has received fabulous reviews for her performance of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. Continue reading


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USA Today Columnist, Best Selling Author Christine Brennan Endorses “Maggie Vaults Over the Moon”

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. 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.” –Christine Brennan. Christine writes columns on national and international sports issues for USA Today. She’s also a commentator for ABC News, PBS NewsHour and National Public Radio, and the best-selling author of seven books.

Christine Brennan

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Christine Brennan (born May 14, 1958, in Toledo, Ohio) is an American sports columnist, TV and radio commentator, best-selling author, and nationally-known speaker. She is especially known for her coverage of the Olympics and has written three books on the subject of figure skating: the best-selling Inside Edge (1996), Edge of Glory  (1998), and Champions on Ice (2002).

Brennan received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Journalism from Northwestern University in 1980 and 1981, respectively. She started her career as the first female sports reporter for the Miami Herald in 1981 before moving to the Washington Post in 1984. There, she became the first woman to cover the Washington Redskins. In 1988, Brennan was elected the first president of the Association for Women in Sports Media.  A longtime advocate for women in sports journalism, she started a scholarship-internship program for female journalism students that now honors six to seven students annually. Two of the scholarships are named after her late parents.

Brennan now is an award-winning sports columnist for USA Today, an on-air commentator for ABC News, CNN, NPR, and Fox Sports radio and the author of seven books, including the national best-seller Inside Edge. Brennan has covered the last 14 Olympic Games, Winter and Summer, beginning with the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Continue reading