Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake
“A Triumph Over Gravity!”
Maggie Vaults Over the Moon retells the story of Maggie Steele, a gritty, grief-stricken farm girl from tiny Grain Valley, Kansas, who pours her broken heart into the daring and dangerous sport of pole-vaulting. Driven by a secret that she dare not share with anyone, Maggie struggles over many obstacles as she attempts to soar waaay higher than her critics think a girl should ever go. Gripping in its portrayal of a teenager’s grief and thrilling in its vivid descriptions of the exciting sport of pole-vaulting, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is an inspiring and uplifting read.
“A fine YA novel about perseverance in sports and in life.” — KIRKUS REVIEWS
The nation’s top Pole-Vaulters and Sports Journalists are cheering for Maggie!
Team USA 2012 Olympic Pole-Vaulters:
“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, Team USA Pole-Vaulter, USA Olympic Trials Silver Medalist, and Finalist at the 2012 London Olympics.
“Every single person should be able to relate to Maggie in Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. We have all experienced loss, heartache or tragedy, but not all find a way to overcome. It doesn’t matter if you are a pole-vaulter, male or female; it’s about finding something in which you are passionate and not giving up. Maggie does just that–she finds her passion and it ends up taking her over the moon.” –Jeremy Scott, USA Olympic Trials Silver Medalist and Team USA Pole-Vaulter at the 2012 London Olympics.
State Champion High School Girls’ Pole-Vaulter:
“Maggie’s inspirational story will make any girl feel like they can accomplish their dreams. This is a MUST read for any athlete, no matter what sport you compete in.” –Taylor Marie Swanson, 2012 Kansas State High School Pole-Vault Champion.
The nation’s foremost Female Sports Journalist and Author:
“This inspiring book comes along at a perfect time, on the 40th anniversary of Title IX and in the same year as women athletes dominated the 2012 London Olympics. Girls who play sports and the coaches and families who support them will thoroughly enjoy Grant Overstake’s warm, uplifting story. After reading it, we’ll all wish we were pole vaulters like Maggie.” –Christine Brennan, USA Today Sports Columnist, ABC News commentator and best-selling author of Inside Edge and Best Seat in the House.
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.
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. 🙂
Maggie has to endure a tragic event in her life and does a swell job. At one point I started wondering if Maggie was too good to be true-maybe a goody two shoes and not realistic. However, she still had a few “teenage” moments-they were just watered down from what you normally read about. 🙂
The tragic event she has to go through will grab at your heart and tug and tug throughout the book.
I LOVED the farming life in the book as well as the track and field aspect. But what I really loved was the “character” of Maggie. She has a lot of it. It was one of those books that left me with a good feeling even though I did shed a few tears while reading it.
5 out of 5 stars
I was not paid for this book review. All opinions are my own. 🙂
To read more about this book and all of its inspiration visit Maggie Vaults Over The Moon.
A must read! 🙂