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Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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This is a riveting and inspirational tale about a girl who discovers who she is in the wake of soul-quaking tragedy.

Maggie Steele lives on the farm her family has kept for generations in the small town of Grain Valley where everyone seems to know everyone else. For much of her life, Maggie has been content to participate in the annual farm duties while finding time for her brother Alex, her best friend Betsy, and her boyfriend Caleb. However, one fateful night in the summer before her senior year of high school, everything in Maggie’s world shifts on its axis, and she must find a way to right herself amidst the chaos left behind.

This newly released edition of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is perfectly designed as a classroom read. Each chapter ends with thought-provoking questions to encourage readers to consider the events critically and better understand the messages within the story. Short chapters and accessible, emotional text keep the pages turning as Maggie navigates her grief and learns a new way to live her life.

Placed in rural Kansas, this story encapsulates many of the sights, sounds, and flavors of the American Midwest. From lemonade and sweet tea to corn on the cob and fried chicken, readers’ mouths will be watering as they imagine themselves inside sprawling wheat fields under a cloudless, blue sky. Readers will easily become immersed in Maggie’s world through the descriptive language used in this story.

As is true for much of the American Midwest, church is a focal point of Maggie’s community. While Christianity makes several appearances throughout the book, however, it is not a significant driver of the plot. Love and friendship layer on top of the stages of grief as Maggie and her family struggle to emerge from their despair and see the world in a new light.

At once a story about overcoming tragedy and an inspiring tale of chasing one’s dreams, this is an excellent choice for young adults who see the myriad possibilities life holds. Additions like a foreword by Olympic pole vaulter Katerina Stefanidi and an afterword of suggestions for how to pursue pole vaulting encourage interested readers to learn more about this skill-driven sport. Classrooms and homes alike will embrace the excitement and emotion of this memorable story.

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About the author

Author Grant Overstake has written two award-winning novels for young people. His premier novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, was reissued on June 1, 2021, with a new foreword by Olympic Champion Katerina Stefanidi, and questions by ELA teacher and mental performance coach, Dr. Melissa White. view profile

Published on June 01, 2021

Published by Grain Valley Publishing Company

0-1000 words

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Genre: Middle Grade

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