Monday, May 4, 2015

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake-4.5 stars

Overstake, Grant, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. 6.0 hrs. 5 CDs (unbar.).Blackstone Audio, 2015. Audio download.

When her brother, Alex, and her boyfriend, Caleb, die in a car accident, Maggie is devastated. Having a hard time with grief and having no idea what to do with her future, Maggie goes up to her family’s old barn. When she gets there, however, she hear Alex in her head and he talks her into learning how to pole vault. He claims it will help lead her to her destiny. With the help of her father’s old equipment, her brother’s track and field guide, and her brother’s help, Maggie takes pretty well to pole vaulting. So much so that she gets on her school’s track time. Will she be good enough to reach her destiny? What will happen to Alex after she learns all she can about pole vaulting? Will Maggie ever get over her grief and decide what to do with her future?

Narrator, Tavia Gilbert brings her long list of experience to a well-written book. The characters are well developed and are easily brought to life with Tavia’s unique voices. The mix of internal and external dialogue is well done and expertly done by Gilbert. Although the plot starts off a little slow, it engages the listeners and draws them easily into Maggie's world. The handling of a hard topic amongst the backdrop of school life is easily navigated and is tactfully done. Overall a great duo of individuals that complement each other's styles well. Listeners who enjoy slightly supernatural fiction, school stories, sports, and books dealing with grief will enjoy listening to this audiobook.

Grades 7 to 12, 4.5 stars

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