Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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Maggie Gets an ‘A’ from Award-Winning Kansas Poet and Creative Writing Teacher

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“Overstake gets everything right about Kansas,” writes Diane Wahto, who grew up in Baxter Springs, located near the setting for ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’. “It is sweet to read about a land I knew so well,” she adds.

Maggie Steele tells her own story in the novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

Award-winning poet Diane Wahto

Diane Wahto

An award-winning poet and creative writing teacher says Maggie deserves an “A” for her inspiring, first-person read.

Maggie hums along like a well-oiled, wonderfully written machine,” writes Diane Wahto, in a recent five-star review on Goodreads.

“That’s remarkably high praise,” says author Grant Overstake. “Diane is a poet’s poet and a writer’s writer, and she’s from Kansas. I’m truly humbled and really happy that she enjoyed the story.”

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Read Maggie’s reviews on Goodreads.

Maggie has been endorsed by Olympic athletes, school counselors, and the Kansas State High School Activities Association for its positive message for young people. Now add to this list a stellar review from Wahto, one of Kansas’ most distinguished poets and writing instructors. Continue reading


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WSU Campers Earn ‘Maggie Awards’ from Shocker Track Club

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Shocker Pole Vault Campers and staff, from left, WSU vaulter Kaylee Eklund; Jake Hansford, Kansas City; Naomi Bader, Douglass; Jesi Reichenberger, Wichita; Leaf Howell, Potwin; Jacob Visser, Wichita; and WSU vaulter Amanda Gardner. Back row, WSU vaulter Eathan Pearson and Shocker Vault Coach Pat Wilson.

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.

Register Here for Shocker Track Camp (.pdf)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


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Shocker Track Club Inspires Wichita State Campers with Maggie!

Shocker Pole Vault Campers received copies of 'Maggie Award' courtesy of The Shocker Track Club. From left, Tyler Loontjer, Brittany Kallenberger, Calley Watters, Stormie Fuentes, and Ryan Miller. The campers received stellar instruction from Wichita State University Coach Pat Wilson, featured in 'Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.'

Shocker Pole Vault Campers from left, Tyler Loontjer, Geneva, Neb.; Brittany Kallenberger, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Calley Watters, Arkansas City, Kan.; Stormie Fuentes, Bushland, Texas; and Ryan Milner, Clearwater, Kan. The camp was led by Coach Pat Wilson, above. A second camp will be held July 12-14 in Wichita, Kan.

WICHITA, Kan. — Cessna Stadium has seen many thrilling pole-vault moments.

Three-time Olympian Earl Bell set a world record here in 1976, and college and high school athletes routinely soar to new heights at the stadium, site of the fabled Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships.

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But ask any of these successful vaulters and they’ll tell you that clearing the crossbar in front of thousands of cheering spectators doesn’t just happen. Whether you’re a real pole vaulter or a fictional vaulter like Maggie Steele in the novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, it takes lots of self-motivation, determination, and great coaching to wow the Cessna Stadium crowd. 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


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Author Presents ‘Maggie’ to Elite Vaulters at Shocker Pre-State Challenge

Author Grant Overstake presented copies of his novel, 'Maggie Vaults Over the Moon' to winners of the Shocker Pre-State Challenge 2013 Elite Girls' Pole-Vault winners (shown from left to right): Hannah Middleton, Great Bend High School, third place; Emily Roland, Andale High School, first place; and Selam Ball, Great Bend High School, second place. (Photo by Brett Middleton).

Winners of the Shocker Pre-State Challenge 2013 Elite Girls’ Pole-Vault held April 12th at Cessna Stadium (from left): Hannah Middleton, Great Bend High School, third place; Emily Rowland, Andale High School, first place; and Selam Ball, Great Bend High School, second place. (Photos by Brett Middleton).

High-flying heroine Maggie Steele found herself on the awards stand at Cessna Stadium when copies of the new teen sports novel Maggie Vaults Over the Moon were presented to the winners of the Elite Girls’ Pole-Vault at the Shocker Pre-State Challenge 2013 track meet, held April 12th at Wichita State University.

WUSHOCKTRACKLOGOWichita-based author Grant Overstake awarded the medals and presented a copy of Maggie to Emily Roland, Andale High School, first place; Selam Ball, Great Bend High School, second place; and Hannah Middleton, Great Bend High School, third place. 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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Watch: ‘Maggie’ Author Grant Overstake Is Featured Guest On ‘Keyhole Conversations’ Program

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Maggie Vaults Over the Moon author Grant Overstake is this week’s featured guest on Keyhole Conversations, an interview program especially for Kansas-based writers and authors.

The interview by hostess Bonnie Eaton and director/producer Hazel Hart KeyholeConversationsBannertook place in advance of the author’s reading and book signing event, to be held Thursday, April 11th, at 7 p.m., at Wichita’s premier bookseller, Watermark Books & Cafe. Continue reading