Maggie Vaults Over the Moon

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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

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NPR Asks: What’s the Future for Real-Life ‘Maggies’ on America’s Family Farms?

The new teen sports novel "Maggie Vaults Over the Moon" focuses on farm life and harvests in rural Kansas.

“Maggie Vaults Over the Moon” focuses on farm issues in rural Kansas.

What’s the future for the thousands of real-life Maggie Steeles living on family farms? The answer has dramatic implications for the future of rural America.

NationalPublicRadioThe future of family farms is the topic of a recent article posted at written by Jessica Stoller-Conrad, titled, “Future Farms Of America Might Not Include Much Family.”

The article quotes a professor of agricultural economics who says the tradition of passing farms from one generation to the next, for the sake of tradition, has run its course. He disputes the belief that farm parents owe it to their children to reserve a place for them in the farm business. Because, he says, “The other side of that coin is that then your children owe it to you to stay home, even if they don’t want to.” Continue reading