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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake is an inspiring audiobook that follows the story of Maggie Steele, a farm girl from Grain Valley, Kansas. Maggie suffers a devastating loss when her brother, Alex, dies in an accident, but she refuses to let the grief drown her. Instead, she pursues pole-vaulting, a sport that is both dangerous and exhilarating, and is determined to train even harder and reach greater heights. But vaulting is a sport that many people think isn’t for her because she is a woman. But inspired by her brother’s spirit, she works even harder on her dream.
There are interesting details that enrich the story and give readers a solid idea of the setting and how people live in the community. In Grain Valley Township, people don’t wait for paid professional firefighters to rescue them, they rescue themselves. The imagery is strong and the setting is unmistakably imprinted in the minds of readers. The writing is wonderful, with strong and engaging dialogues as well as terrific descriptions. The plot is robust and filled with emotionally rich and exciting moments. This is a story that will bring a lot of encouragement to young readers traversing difficult and challenging moments in their lives.
Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake is a beautifully narrated story and I loved the exciting narrative voice in the first-person. The audiobook is professionally recorded and the voice of the narrator is so clear that the reader follows every detail of the story. The pacing is well-captured in the audio and the voice of Tavia Gilbert had me mesmerized, exploring the emotions of the characters, especially the protagonist, in a profound way. It felt as good as reading the book.