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‘Maggie’ Author Grant Overstake Pens New YA Novel, ‘The Real Education of TJ Crowley’ (Free Chapter 1 Download)

Author Grant Overstake presents an author talk and book signing for his new young adult novel, “The Real Education of TJ Crowley”.

WICHITA, Kan. — An enthusiastic crowd gathered at Watermark Books & Cafe to celebrate the release of author Grant Overstake’s highly anticipated new young adult novel, The Real Education of TJ Crowley. The book has received fine endorsements and reviews and is now on sale at booksellers nationwide and around the world.

Click to download Chapter One of  The Real Education of TJ Crowley

Overstake, author of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, expressed his gratitude for the support he received in writing his second book, which was released Nov. 5, 2018 by Grain Valley Publishing Co.

Maggie has become modern classic in the worldwide pole-vaulting community since it was published in 2012. Olympians endorsed the book and coaches have purchased copies to inspire their young vaulters. Maggie was named “National Book of the Week” by BookWorks; Audie Award-winning voice actress Tavia Gilbert earned top reviews for her audiobook performance of the story from AudioFile magazine; and the story was a “Too Cool for School” read by Publishers Weekly.

As a Teaching Artist for Arts Partners in Wichita, Overstake presents student assemblies to 3rd through 5th graders called “Don’t Quit, Use Grit!” using pole-vaulting and Maggie’s resilient character as a jumping off point to talk about other “famous failures” like Edison and Einstein and Oprah — to encourage youngsters to get back up and try, try again.

The Real Education of TJ Crowley hit the best-seller list at No. 2 at Watermark.

The Real Education of TJ Crowley addresses the explosive subjects of prejudice, school integration and racism and is written for more mature readers. The story is historical fiction, set in Wichita during the turbulent years of 1968 and 1969 and is told by a fiery tempered 13-year-old from a racist household, who is forced to choose sides after a black couple and their daughter cross the city’s hard-drawn color line and move into the house next door, unaware that the Crowleys are a bigoted brood with ties to evil men.

Like Maggie, the Overstake’s new story features a track and field event as a backdrop: Shot Putting.
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‘Maggie’ Gets 5 More Stars!

Your book was probably the most pure and wholesome young adult book I've ever read.

“It’s one of the most pure and wholesome young adult books I’ve ever read.” — Shannon Clark

Thanks to Shannon Clark of I Run Read Teach   for an Awesome Review:

You know that saying — “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well, it applies to this book. Most definitely! Grant Overstake, the author, contacted me about reading his book and reviewing it on my blog. I am so glad I did.

Coach, teacher and running enthusiast Shannon Clark is also a Girls Gone Sporty ambassador, an active group of women promoting health, life and fitness for girls of all ages.

English teacher and Coach Shannon Clark is also a Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador, promoting health, life and fitness for girls of all ages.

It’s a young adult book that’s appropriate for young adults as well as 4th and up. When do you ever find a young adult book like that? Some words that would best describe it would be- PURE, WHOLESOME, GENUINE -those can also describe Maggie, the main character.

Not an inappropriate word throughout the entire book. No inappropriate content either. I mean that’s a hard find in today’s world! It’s one of the most pure and wholesome young adult books I’ve ever read. Continue reading