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See what can happen when you follow your dreams!

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 far higher than critics think a girl should ever go. Unflinching in its exploration of teenage grief and filled with brilliant descriptions of a breathtaking, beautiful sport, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is a powerful and rewarding story for middle-grade readers and adults.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Comes along at the perfect time. Girls who play sports and the coaches and families who support them will thoroughly enjoy this warm, uplifting story.”

    USA Today

  • “An inspirational pick for young adult fiction collections.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “Overstake’s novel exudes sweetness; in some ways, it feels as if it takes place in another era, as it lacks the dark edge seen in other popular YA stories. Former sportswriter Overstake’s crisp style also gives the pole-vaulting scenes authenticity and tension. The story will most likely engage younger teenage girls, but its themes will resonate with anyone who has suffered profound loss. A fine YA novel about perseverance in sports and in life.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Tavia Gilbert thoroughly conveys Maggie Steele’s grief when her brother, Alex, dies in an accident. Gilbert beautifully delivers the detailed descriptions of Maggie’s life at school and at home on her family’s Kansas farm…Gilbert’s splendid portrayals of Maggie’s real-life coach, teammates, and parents…will thoroughly engage listeners.”


  • “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 Olympic pole-vaulter

  • “A fantastic book! Well put together and very inspirational!”

    John Mayor, Olympic torchbearer and British champion

  • “Every single person should be able to relate to Maggie.”

    Jeremy Scott, US Olympic pole-vaulter

  • “One of the most pure and wholesome young adult books I’ve ever read!”

    Shannon Clark, Girls Gone Sporty ambassador

  • “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!”

    Joe Dial, coach, Oral Roberts University and Dial Athletics

  • “The positive influence this book can have on young athletes is incalculable.”

    Erica Bartolina, US Olympic pole-vaulter

  • “Maggie’s inspirational story will make any girl feel like they can accomplish their dreams.”

    Taylor Marie Swanson, national collegiate champion

  • “A great story of perseverance, grit, faith, and bouncing back after hardships.”

    Ellie Spain, British champion and coach

  • “A beautiful story of triumph through adversity.”

    Bill Vogrin, newspaper columnist

  • “Instantly transported me back to my childhood. Will translate to anyone who allows themselves to be young at heart.”

    John Rinkenbaugh, television producer

  • "This inspiring tale celebrates the courage to turn tragedy and loss into something positive and how the determination to master a sport can heal.”

    Vaulter magazine

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About the Author

A former Miami Herald sportswriter and newspaper editor, Grant Overstake competed in the decathlon for the University of Kansas Jayhawks. A multiple award winner for excellence in writing, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is his first novel.