— Grant Overstake (@maggievaults) June 3, 2014
WICHITA, Kan. — Some 4,000 athletes competed this past Friday and Saturday at the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships.
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.
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.
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
Thousands athletes in the Sunflower State are on a quest to compete in the 2014 Kansas State Track and Field Championships, to be held May 30-31 at Wichita’s Cessna Stadium.
Cheering them on is storybook track star Maggie Steele, a gutsy farm girl from Grain Valley, Kan.
The high school heroine’s rise over tragedy and an ever-rising pole-vault crossbar is captured in the novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.
According to author Grant Overstake, the story is a tribute to the thousands of real-life Kansas athletes striving to qualify for the State Meet, as they have for more than 100 years.
“Maggie Steele represents every Kansas high school athlete who is doing all they can every day to make it to State in any sport,” Overstake said. “It will inspire anyone who dreams of becoming a champion.” Continue reading
Storybook heroine Maggie Steele is ready and eager to inspire and encourage the awesome 5th grade students at Griffith Elementary School in Wichita, Kan.
Author Grant Overstake will visit the school on Tuesday, Oct. 1st, to discuss Maggie’s courageous journey in his novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.
“Maggie is super excited to share her story with all three 5th grade classes at Griffith!” Overstake said. “Griffith is a wonderful school with great students.”
Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has been endorsed by Olympians, school counselors, and teachers across the nation for its inspirational message for young people, including Griffith’s Jenni Birdsall — who’s reading the story to her 5th graders in advance of the author’s arrival.
“This is an over the moon opportunity for the fifth students at Griffith!” Birdsall said. “We are currently working in reading a theme of ‘Overcoming Challenges’, and students are learning about overcoming their fears, tough situations, and becoming a better person by overcoming the obstacles.”
“Fifth grade is a challenging year for students,” she added, “And Maggie is encouraging us with her experiences.”
Maggie Steele is headed to the Statehouse!
Author Grant Overstake will introduce his young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, to the book-loving people of Kansas at the Kansas Book Festival, to be held Saturday, Sept. 7th, on the grounds of the Kansas State Capitol building in Topeka.
Designed to “celebrate the best of Kansas literature, arts and history,” the free public event will offer a variety of activities for Kansans of all ages, including meet-the-author sessions, panel discussions, book signings and sales, and a special tent with projects for children.
The festival aims to promote literacy and to encourage a life-long love of reading by bringing authors, publishers and illustrators together with the people of Kansas.
“It’s just the right setting for a homegrown heroine like Maggie Steele,” Overstake said. “She can’t wait to be there!”
GRAIN VALLEY, Kan. — Folks around here are still searching for the right words to express how thrilled they are that Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is on sale now at Australia’s premier online bookseller, Angus & Robertson.
“Gee-whiz, I mean, Crikey!” said author Grant Overstake, before stifling himself. “I’ve probably offended half the country, so I’ll stop pretending I know how to speak Strine, which I obviously don’t.
“But I do know that I’m delighted that Maggie’s now reaching one of the world’s greatest countries for pole-vaulting. In fact, they even have a pole-vault postage stamp!”
Maggie Vaults Over the Moon tells the story of Maggie Steele, a gutsy Kansas farm girl who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter. The novel has been endorsed by US Olympic vaulters and others around the world who identify with the book’s inspiring message for young people.
“So many Australian youngsters are passionate about vaulting, especially girls,” Overstake added. “I can’t wait for them to know that Maggie has arrived in their country.”
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!”
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
With clear skies, scorching heat, and a blast furnace for a tailwind, conditions were almost perfect for the gutsy athletes who attended the second Shocker Pole Vault Camp of the summer, July 12-14, at Cessna Stadium on the campus of Wichita State University.
Instead of being a negative, the 100-degree temps simply provided more fuel for this hot group of vaulters. Many of them set new personal records at the camp, thanks to expert instruction from Shocker Pole Vault Coach, Pat Wilson, and his current and former collegiate vaulters. Continue reading
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 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.
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