Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake

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Maggie Steele is a gritty farm girl from tiny Grain Valley, Kansas who pours her broken heart into the daring, dangerous sport of pole-vaulting. Driven by a secret she cannot share with anyone, Maggie finds herself on a quest to soar waaay higher than critics think a girl should ever go. Unflinching in its exploration of teenage grief with brilliant descriptions of a breathtaking, beautiful sport, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is a powerful and rewarding read for mid-grade to adults.


"That one in a thousand books you'll carry with you forever!" -- Margaret Wheatley, 16, Florida

"I've probably read it more than 20 times. I will never get tired of reading it, over and over, again and again." -- Taylor Millsap, 14, Illinois

"The positive influence this book can have on young athletes is incalculable." -- Erica Bartolina, US Olympian, Coach of Champions

"Maggie made me feel like I could accomplish anything!" -- Makayla Linebarger, Jr. Olympics Champion

"I myself experienced loss when I was a young girl. Sports were my outlet and helped me through some of the hardest times of my life. This book captured me cover to cover. I highly recommend Maggie Vaults Over the Moon!" -- Becky Holliday, US Olympian

"Every single person should be able to relate to Maggie." -- Jeremy Scott, US Olympian

"One of the most pure and wholesome young adult books I've ever read!" -- Shannon Clark, Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador

"Maggie's inspirational story will make any girl feel like they can accomplish their dreams." -- Taylor Marie Swanson, National Collegiate Champion

"Instantly transported me back to my childhood. Will translate to anyone who allows themselves to be young at heart."-- John Rinkenbaugh, TV Producer, Kansas boy

"A fantastic book! Well put together and very inspirational!" -- John Mayor, Olympic Torch-Bearer and British Champion

"A beautiful story of triumph through adversity." -- Bill Vogrin, Newspaper Columnist

"I highly recommend it for all teens, especially those seeking direction during the storm and stress of adolescence." -- Timothy M. Tays, PhD, Clinical Psychologist

"A great family book!"-- Coach Joe Dial, Oral Roberts University & Dial Athletics

"A great story of perseverance, grit, faith, and bouncing back after hardships." -- Ellie Spain, British Champ and Coach

"A well-written tale of epic courage."-- Kim Ring, Middle School Teacher

"I enthusiastically recommend it!"-- Barbara Gruener, National School of Character Coach

"Getting to know Maggie Steele, her family, and the whole warm and caring community of Grain Valley was a pure delight."-- Nancy Breth, Author

"I loved the book and wish I had written it. That's about as high a compliment as I can make." -- Kimbrook Tennal, High School Coach

"The world needs more Maggies!" -- Jolene Frook, Sports Mom

About Grant Overstake

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Former Miami Herald Sports Writer Grant Overstake is a lifelong participant in the sport of track and field who competed in the decathlon for the University of Kansas Jayhawks. A multiple award winner for excellence in journalism, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is the author's premiere work of sports fiction.
Published October 17, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 223 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Teenager Maggie Steele has just lost her brother Alex in a tragic car accident.

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I think Maggie’s story helps to reenforce what the new study says about the importance of teenage exercise as it relates to mental health.” Maggie’s quest to overcome hardship through physical activity is a theme that U.S. Olympic pole-vaulters Jeremy Scott and Becky Holliday could relate to.

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