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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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Maggie Enjoys a Surprise Birthday Vault at Watermark Books

'Maggie Vaults Over the Moon' has become a consistent best-seller at Watermark Books.

‘Maggie’ has become a consistent best-seller at Watermark Books.

WICHITA, Kan. — Storybook heroine Maggie Steele celebrated her publishing birthday by vaulting back onto the best-seller list Watermark Books & Cafe, the region’s No. 1 bookstore.

Author Grant Overstake

Author Grant Overstake

The young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon features a gutsy Kansas farm girl who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter.

The book has been a best-seller several times in the past at Watermark, but this week’s appearance was extra special, because it coincides with the first year anniversary date of the novel. Continue reading


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Maggie Welcomes Thousands of Visitors Worldwide

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Maggie uses a time zone map to keep in touch with visitors.

Maggie Steele, the storybook heroine who vaults over the moon, has been attracting thousands of visitors from around the world.

Maggie Vaults Over the MoonSo many visitors, in fact, that she’s using a time zone map to keep track of them all.*

People are visiting her blog because her novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, is the first to capture the thrills and excitement of pole-vaulting, one of the world’s fastest-growing sports, especially among girls.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon tells the story of a gutsy Kansas farm girl who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter. The novel has been endorsed by Olympians, coaches, and others around the world, who identify with the book’s inspiring message for young people.

Worldwide Visitors to Maggie's Blog

See below for the complete list of global visitors to Maggie’s blog.

“With the growth of social media, people are more connected than ever, bringing the close-knit community of vaulters even closer,” said author Grant Overstake. “As a result, people everywhere are discovering this inspirational story and its universal message. The exciting news is that this is just the beginning for Maggie. More international events are coming.”

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is now available in paperback or eBook and can be purchased through Amazon.com in the United States, Canada, China, Japan, United KingdomGermany, SpainFrance, and Italy. Maggie also is available at Australia’s premier online bookseller, Angus & Robertson, and at hundreds of local independent US booksellers near you. Continue reading


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Olympic Torch-Bearer Inspired by ‘Maggie’

John Mayor is one of Great Britain's greatest and most treasured athletes.

John Mayor is one of Great Britain’s greatest and most treasured athletes.

A champion who carried the Olympic flame now carries a torch for Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

John Mayor — a 33-time British champion in masters athletics (track and field) — says, “I thought Maggie was a fantastic book; well put together and very inspirational!”

John Mayor is a 33-time British national masters athletics champion.

John Mayor is a 33-time athletics champion.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon tells the story of a Kansas farm girl who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter. The novel has been endorsed by US Olympic pole vaulters, coaches, school counselors, and now, by an Olympic Torch-Bearer, who’s spreading the word about the novel’s inspiring message for young people.

“It’s a great book!” Mayor said, adding, “I’ve passed it on to a pole-vault coach at my club and she will recommend it to all the people in her group.”

As a former world pentathlon champion, Mayor has run about a zillion meters in his career. But none were more memorable than the 300-meter relay leg he ran with the Olympic torch last summer through King George Park in his hometown of Stevenage, about 30 miles north of London. Continue reading


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Summer Surprise! Maggie Re-Vaults to Top Five at Watermark Books

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‘Maggie’ has vaulted back into the top five best-sellers at Watermark Books, the region’s No. 1 bookstore.

Summertime is a great time for pole-vaulting and reading novels about pole-vaulting.

Which is why the popular teen novel Maggie Vaults Over the Moon continues to soar as a best-seller at Watermark Books & Cafe, the region’s No. 1 bookstore.

Maggie vaulted back into the top five at Watermark for the week of July 7, 2013, which came as a pleasant surprise to author Grant Overstake.

Maggie has been enjoying her summer, attending camps and street vaults, where her book has been awarded to inspire the next generation of vaulters.

‘Maggie’ has been enjoying summer camps and street vaults, where multiple copies of the novel have been awarded to inspire the next generation of pole-vaulters.

“Maggie has been really enjoying her summer attending pole-vault camps and street vaults,” the author said. “Of course, she’s delighted and thrilled that her book continues to sell so well.”

The story, which features a gutsy Kansas farm girl who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter, has struck a resounding chord with readers young and old, especially in the Sunflower State.

The teen sports novel Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has become a consistent best-seller at Watermark Books and Cafe, the region's No. 1 bookseller.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has become a consistent best-seller at Watermark Books, the region’s No. 1 bookstore.

Watermark Books Best-sellers

1. “Eye of God” by James Rollins

2. “Sisterland” by Curtis Sittenfeld

3. “The Art Forger” by B.A. Shapiro

4. “Silver Star” by Jeannette Walls

5. “Maggie Vaults Over the Moon” by Grant Overstake

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‘Maggie’ Soars at Region’s No. 1 Bookstore

The teen sports novel Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has become a consistent best-seller at Watermark Books and Cafe, the region's No. 1 bookseller.

‘Maggie’ is a best-seller at Watermark Books, the region’s No. 1 bookseller.

Boosted by enthusiastic reader recommendations and online sales, the popular teen novel Maggie Vaults Over the Moon continues to soar as a best-seller at Watermark Books & Cafe, the region’s No. 1 bookstore.

Author Grant Overstake reads from 'Maggie Vaults Over the Moon' at a book signing at Watermark Books on April 7, 2013.

Author Grant Overstake reads at Watermark Books on April 7, 2013.

Listed among works by writers such as Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner, And the Mountains Echoed), Maggie ranks 10th on the Watermark Books Best-Sellers list as of June 16, 2013. The novel has soared to as high as No. 3 in recent months.

“It’s been amazing and exciting to see how readers of all ages have responded to Maggie,” says author Grant Overstake. Continue reading


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‘Maggie’ Author Invites You to See Dreams Come True at Nation’s Largest Track Meet

The Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships, to be held Friday and Saturday at Wichita State University's Cessna Stadium, is the largest meet in the nation, with more than 3,000 athletes and 20,000 spectators.

The Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships, to be held Friday and Saturday at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium, is the largest track meet in the nation, with more than 3,000 athletes and 20,000 spectators.

WICHITA, Kan. — Every year for the past 102 years, dreams have come true at the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships.

The meet’s 103nd running will be no exception this Friday and Saturday, as more than 3,000 competitors and 20,000 spectators will gather on the campus of Wichita State University.

Wichita author Grant Overstake recently captured the drama and excitement of the Kansas State Meet in an inspiring sports novel for young adult readers titled, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. The story features Maggie Steele, a gutsy farm girl from fictional Grain Valley, Kansas, who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter.

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“Maggie”captures the true meaning of a high school athlete in Kansas and the opportunities activities can create for young people.” — Kansas State High School Activities Journal

Overstake attended many state meets growing up and competed in the meet while attending Wichita Heights High School. He also covered the meet as a reporter, and experienced it as a parent, cheering for his son.

After watching so many dramatic performances through the years,  it was natural for the former Miami Herald sports writer and Kansas newspaper editor to use his favorite sporting event as the backdrop for his first novel. Continue reading