Maggie Vaults Over the Moon

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Olympian’s Parents Inspire Future Track Stars With ‘Maggie’

Bormans With Maggie

Richard and Laura Borman, longtime track coaches and parents of champions, gave “‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon” to athletes in their youth program.

Author Grant Overstake scratched his head when a shipping invoice showed multiple copies of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon had been sent to Festus, Missouri.

The mystery was solved when he discovered to his delight that the order had been placed by Richard and Laura Borman — longtime track coaches and parents of champions.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon was one of the best books we have ever read as a family,” Laura explained. “We were so captivated by the plot that we bought copies for members of our youth track team, the Jefferson County Jets Track Club, and for our friends. We are looking forward to Grant’s next book!”

Brittany won the 2012 US Olympic Trials. In London, she had the best ever Olympic performance for a US woman. Brittany is competing in her first season as a professional.

Brittany Borman won the 2012 US Olympic Trials. In London, she had the best-ever Olympic javelin throw for a US woman.

This came as awesome news for the author, because the Borman family knows a thing or two, or three about track and field: Continue reading

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Watch: Author Shares Remarkable Stories About ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’


Writing is often thought of as a lonely vigil, but Grant Overstake, author of Maggie Vaults over the Moon, found this not to be true. In this Keyhole Conversations interview, he acknowledges those people who helped him along the way.The interview was conducted at The Inn at Glenstrae, a beautiful bed and breakfast located in the Sleepy Hollow section of Wichita. Click here to watch Bonnie Myrick’s interview at Keyhole Conversations.

Keyhole Conversations interview of author Grant Overstake was recorded at the beautiful Inn at Glenstrae in Wichita.

Keyhole Conversations’ interview of author Grant Overstake was recorded at the Inn at Glenstrae in Wichita.

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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!


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

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‘Maggie’ Author Supports Funding for Student Activities in Kansas Schools

KSHSAA Presentation

Author Grant Overstake, right, presents a copy of the teen sports novel, ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’ to Mark Lentz, Assistant Executive Director of the Kansas State High School Activities Association. The story features the Kansas State Track and Field Championships, the largest track meet in the nation.

WICHITA, Kan. (Feb. 25) — Award-winning journalist and author Grant Overstake used his moment in the spotlight today to defend the value of extra-curricular activities as “an essential ingredient” for student success during a presentation to the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA).

Locked in the ongoing budget battle in Topeka, school board officials and administrators in Kansas are feeling increasing pressure to eliminate even KSHAALOGOmore sports and activities from their schools. But the author said these activities deserve funding because they are fundamental for future success.

“I could go on and on about how KSHSAA programs helped me achieve more personally than I could ever have achieved without them,” said Overstake, a Wichita resident and graduate of Wichita Heights High School.

Overstake spoke before about 250 attendees of the United School Administrators of Kansas 42nd Annual Convention at the Hyatt Eagle Ballroom in downtown Wichita. He presented a copy of his new teen sports novel,  Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, to KSHSAA Assistant Director Mark Lentz. Continue reading

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New Teen Sports Novel Captures Life On Kansas Family Farm

The new teen sports novel “Maggie Vaults Over the Moon” vividly depicts the challenges and joys of a girl living on a family farm in rural Kansas.

WICHITA, Kan. — A former rural newspaper editor and sports writer has drawn upon his coverage of sporting events and country life to create a new teen sports novel, which is harvesting praise for its realistic view of life on a Kansas family farm.

Author Grant Overstake says his years spent as a journalist embedded in Kansas wheat country helped him create a vivid setting for the story,  Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, in which a high school senior named Maggie Steele struggles with the same difficult decision faced by many of today’s rural teens — pursue the life of her dreams or stay home to save the multigenerational family farm.

 “As the only surviving child, Maggie has many factors to consider about a possible future on the farm,” Overstake said. “Of course, readers will have to read the story to follow her journey of self-discovery, and to see which path she chooses to take.”HighResFrontCover

As editor of the Hillsboro Star-Journal, Overstake was a two-time winner of the Kansas Farm Bureau’s Golden Wheat Award for excellence in agriculture writing. The author places his story near the fictional town of Grain Valley, Kan., which, in real life, could be anyplace where sports still matter and the grain elevator is the busiest place in town, especially at harvest time.

The new book, released in mid-October, has already earned several five-star reviews from readers on, including one that reads, “Getting to know Maggie Steele, her family, and the whole warm and caring community of Grain Valley was a pure delight…” Continue reading

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Shockers’ Track and Field Team Featured in New Sports Novel

The successful Wichita State University Track and Field program is featured in the new sports novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

Written by Wichitan Grant Overstake, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is an uplifting story about a high school senior who faces tragic circumstances on a Kansas family farm but overcomes through the daring, sometimes dangerous sport of pole-vaulting.

In the story, heroine Maggie Steele is recruited by Shocker coaches Steve Rainbolt and Pat Wilson, who want her to join the Missouri Valley Conference’s powerhouse women’s track team. It’s a big decision that could change her life, and the future of her family’s farm.

“Of course,you’ll need to read the story to see how it all turns out,” Overstake says.

Shocker Track Coach Steve Rainbolt

As Director of Track & Field and Cross Country, Rainbolt is the leader of the Wichita State men’s and women’s track and field teams. During her visit to the Coach’s office, Maggie underestimates the number of Coach of the Year awards she sees on the coach’s shelf, thinking there are “at least ten of them.”

Actually, since his arrival at Wichita State, Rainbolt has been named MVC Coach of the Year 14 times. Entering the 2013 season, his program has produced 23 All-Americans, 65 NCAA national qualifiers and 160 individual MVC champions during his time at Wichita State.

Vault Coach Pat Wilson

Assistant Coach Pat Wilson joins Rainbolt in the story. Under his direction, WSU has developed one of the most successful pole-vaulting programs in the Midwest. Continue reading