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‘Maggie’ Author Grant Overstake Pens New YA Novel, ‘The Real Education of TJ Crowley’ (Free Chapter 1 Download)

Author Grant Overstake presents an author talk and book signing for his new young adult novel, “The Real Education of TJ Crowley”.

WICHITA, Kan. — An enthusiastic crowd gathered at Watermark Books & Cafe to celebrate the release of author Grant Overstake’s highly anticipated new young adult novel, The Real Education of TJ Crowley. The book has received fine endorsements and reviews and is now on sale at booksellers nationwide and around the world.

Click to download Chapter One of  The Real Education of TJ Crowley

Overstake, author of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, expressed his gratitude for the support he received in writing his second book, which was released Nov. 5, 2018 by Grain Valley Publishing Co.

Maggie has become modern classic in the worldwide pole-vaulting community since it was published in 2012. Olympians endorsed the book and coaches have purchased copies to inspire their young vaulters. Maggie was named “National Book of the Week” by BookWorks; Audie Award-winning voice actress Tavia Gilbert earned top reviews for her audiobook performance of the story from AudioFile magazine; and the story was a “Too Cool for School” read by Publishers Weekly.

As a Teaching Artist for Arts Partners in Wichita, Overstake presents student assemblies to 3rd through 5th graders called “Don’t Quit, Use Grit!” using pole-vaulting and Maggie’s resilient character as a jumping off point to talk about other “famous failures” like Edison and Einstein and Oprah — to encourage youngsters to get back up and try, try again.

The Real Education of TJ Crowley hit the best-seller list at No. 2 at Watermark.

The Real Education of TJ Crowley addresses the explosive subjects of prejudice, school integration and racism and is written for more mature readers. The story is historical fiction, set in Wichita during the turbulent years of 1968 and 1969 and is told by a fiery tempered 13-year-old from a racist household, who is forced to choose sides after a black couple and their daughter cross the city’s hard-drawn color line and move into the house next door, unaware that the Crowleys are a bigoted brood with ties to evil men.

Like Maggie, the Overstake’s new story features a track and field event as a backdrop: Shot Putting.
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‘Independent Bookstore Day’ is Every Day at Watermark Books

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Watermark Books celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, May 2.

WICHITA, Kan. — Bookstores from coast-to-coast will mark “Independent Bookstore Day” on Saturday, May 2. More than 400 retailers from Alaska to Maine will celebrate their value to their communities with author readings, special sales, and other activities.

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A marquee destination for book-lovers, Watermark Books is the literary heart and soul of Wichita, Kansas.

While a national event is a great idea, author Grant Overstake says book-lovers in his hometown can celebrate Independent Bookstore Day every day, thanks to the wonderful people at Watermark Books and Cafe.

Watermark Books and Cafe, founded in 1977, is a homegrown, literary, independent bookstore and restaurant located at the corner of Douglas and Oliver in the College Hill neighborhood of Wichita. The store will participate in the national event from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. with author visits, new books and art prints for sale. (Click for full schedule). Continue reading


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‘Maggie’ Celebrates Her Vault into Kansas History

HappyBirthdayKansasWave the Wheat, Jayhawkers!

Today is Kansas Day, marking the admission of Kansas as the 34th state in the Union, on January 29, 1861.

StateSealWe’re also celebrating the fact that Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has found its place on the bookshelves of Kansas history.

The teen sports novel has been added to the Wulfmeyer Special Collections section of the Wichita Public Library.

The Wulfmeyer Special Collection contains books about Kansas pioneers and cowboys and others who shaped the bold history of the Sunflower State. The collection also includes the inspiring story of Maggie Steele, the gutsy farm girl from fictional Grain Valley, Kansas, who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights through the daring sport of pole-vaulting. Continue reading


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Win a Giant Maggie Poster at Watermark Books!


Win a ‘Maggie’ Poster at Watermark Books

Sign up to win a Maggie poster at Watermark Books & Cafe during the State Track Meet this Friday and Saturday, May 30-31.

Stop by this week to enter the drawing for a ‘Maggie’ poster at Watermark Books!

WICHITA, Kan. — Some 4,000 athletes competed this past Friday and Saturday at the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships.

Look for Maggie in the State Meet program!

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 Cheering them on were more than 25,000 fans at Wichita’s Cessna Stadium, including storybook State Champion, Maggie Steele, the gutsy pole-vaulting farm girl from Grain Valley, Kan.

To celebrate, autographed copies of the track and field novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, are on sale at Wichita’s premier independent bookstore, Watermark Books and Cafe, located at 4701 East Douglas (corner of Douglas and Oliver).

In addition, we’re having a drawing for a giant-sized Maggie Vaults Over the Moon cover poster!

The bookstore is open from 8 am to 8 pm weekdays and from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday. The drawing will be held after the close of business this Saturday, June 7th.

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We’re Celebrating State Meet Weekend

Sign up to win a Maggie poster at Watermark Books & Cafe during the State Track Meet this Friday and Saturday, May 30-31.

Enter to win a ‘Maggie’ poster at Watermark Books & Cafe!

WICHITA, Kan. — More than 4,000 athletes will compete in the nation’s largest track meet this Friday and Saturday — the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships.

Look for Maggie in the State Meet program!

Look for Maggie in the State Meet program!

Cheering them will be more than 25,000 fans at Wichita’s Cessna Stadium, including storybook State Champion, Maggie Steele, the gutsy pole-vaulting farm girl from Grain Valley, Kan.

To celebrate the biggest event on the track and field calendar, special autographed copies of the novel Maggie Vaults Over the Moon will be on sale at Wichita’s premier independent bookstore, Watermark Books and Cafe, located just a few miles from the stadium at 4701 East Douglas (corner of Douglas and Oliver).

In addition, some lucky person will win the drawing for a giant-sized Maggie Vaults Over the Moon cover poster! Continue reading


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Happy Kansas Day! ‘Maggie’ Celebrates Her Vault into Kansas History

HappyBirthdayKansasWave the Wheat, Jayhawkers!

Today is Kansas Day, marking the admission of Kansas as the 34th state in the Union on January 29, 1861.

StateSealWe’re also celebrating the fact that Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has found its place on the bookshelves of Kansas history.

The teen sports novel has been added to the Wulfmeyer Special Collections section of the Wichita Public Library.

The Wulfmeyer Special Collection contains books about Kansas pioneers and cowboys and others who shaped the bold history of the Sunflower State. The collection also includes the inspiring story of Maggie Steele, the gutsy farm girl from fictional Grain Valley, Kansas, who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights through the daring sport of pole-vaulting. Continue reading