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  • 10/2012
  • 9781478296874 1478296879
  • 222 pages
  • $9.99
Maggie Vaults Over the Moon
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.
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KIRKUS REVIEWS

In this debut young adult novel, a farm girl rebounds after a family tragedy, soaring to new heights as a pole-vaulter.

Teenager Maggie Steele has just lost her brother Alex in a tragic car accident. He was a beloved son and brother and also an all-star high school athlete in a small Kansas town where high school sports matter. Maggie is reminded each day of her brother, and she struggles to cope with life on the farm without him. She’s the only child left to take over the family business, and she has a sinking feeling she’ll be trapped there forever. As she begins her senior year, she still suffers from grief and anxiety about what to do with the rest of her life. When it appears that she’ll never be able to get over these difficulties... (plot spoiler removed) Maggie finds her purpose. 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

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 10/2012
  • 9781478296874 1478296879
  • 222 pages
  • $9.99

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