Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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‘Maggie’ Author to Present Student Assemblies and Workshops through Arts Partners Program

Grant Overstake is a new Teaching Artist for Arts Partners of Wichita. He will present student assemblies and writing workshops in Wichita and surrounding areas. (Photo by Carl Williams)

Grant Overstake is a new Teaching Artist for Arts Partners of Wichita. He will present student assemblies and writing workshops in Wichita and surrounding areas.

Grant Overstake, author of the young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, has joined Arts Partners of Wichita.

ArtsPartnersLogoAs a Teaching Artist, he will present assemblies and writing workshops for students from 4th grade through high school in Wichita and surrounding areas.

Arts Partners of Wichita is affiliated with the national Young Audiences Arts for Learning network. Its goal is to inspire creativity and learning by using the arts to enhance the classroom experience for students.

“I’m honored to be invited to join Arts Partners,” Overstake said. “It’s a privilege to be included on the list of the truly amazing local artists who devote their time and talents to help educate and inspire the next generation of creative thinkers.”

A Wichita native, Overstake attended Buckner Elementary, Brooks Jr. High, and Heights High School. His novel can be found on library shelves in public schools in the district as well as in local parochial schools. Continue reading

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Maggie Christmas! Thanks for 17,000 Views!

Thanks for making 2013 an unforgettable year for Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, and for welcoming a gutsy farm girl from Grain Valley, Kansas into your lives. Celebrating 17,000 views! Maggie Christmas!

Thanks for making 2013 an unforgettable year for Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, and for welcoming a gutsy farm girl from Grain Valley, Kansas into your lives. Celebrating 17,000 views! Maggie Christmas!


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‘Inspiring Maggie’ to Visit to Griffith Elementary School

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

Author Grant Overstake will present ‘Maggie’ at Wichita’s Griffith Elementary School. 

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.

'Maggie' is endorsed by the Kansas High School Activities Association (KSHSAA).

‘Maggie’ is endorsed by the Kansas High School Activities Association (KSHSAA).

“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.”

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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


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‘Maggie’ Fans Flock to Book Signing and Reading at Watermark Books

Author Grant Overstake reads from 'Maggie Vaults Over the Moon' April 11th, 2013, at Watermark Books in Wichita. (Photo by Carl Williams)

Author Grant Overstake reads from ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’ April 11th, 2013, at Watermark Books in Wichita. (Photo by Carl Williams)

An overflow crowd of nearly 70 Maggie Steele fans gathered at Watermark Books & Cafe Thursday night, April 11th, to hear Grant Overstake read from his new sports novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

Author Grant Overstake reads from 'Maggie Vaults Over the Moon'. (Photo by Carl Williams)

Author Grant Overstake reads from ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’. (Photo by Carl Williams)

It was an overwhelming show of support for the gutsy teen from Grain Valley, Kansas, whose compelling story of courage and triumph is capturing the hearts of readers young and old.

“Words can’t express how great it was to see so many people at this event,” said Overstake, a Wichita native. “I saw some people I hadn’t seen since third grade and met many new friends. To experience a reading and book signing event at Watermark was one of the highlights of my life. To see them putting out more chairs to seat all the people, well, it was just awesome.” Continue reading


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Wichita Public Radio Features Tonight’s ‘Maggie’ Book Reading!

Tonight’s book reading and signing of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is listed as a featured event on Wichita Public Radio’s website!

“How cool is that?” said author Grant Overstake, a devoted listener to 89.1.

Everyone is invited to the author’s event, which begins at 7 p.m. at Watermark Books & Cafe in Wichita. And, be sure to support KMUW’s pledge drive, going on now!

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‘Maggie’ Vaults Into Wichita Public Schools!

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Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has vaulted onto the library bookshelves at Wichita Public Schools — a thrilling feat for author Grant Overstake, who was born and raised in “The Air Capital City.”

The new teen sports novel also can be found at the Wichita Public Library and in many private school libraries in the city.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon“I was really touched when I heard that school officials had read and endorsed Maggie’s story, and that my book was going to be available to so many students in my hometown,” said Overstake, who attended Buckner Elementary, Brooks Junior High, and Heights High School.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon retells the story of Maggie Steele, a gutsy farm girl from tiny Grain Valley, Kansas, who pours her broken heart into the daring and sometimes dangerous sport of pole-vaulting. The story climaxes at the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships, held each May at Cessna Stadium on the campus of Wichita State University. Continue reading