Little Miss Sure Shot: Annie Oakley's World

Little Miss Sure Shot: Annie Oakley's World

by Jeffrey Marshall


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Little Miss Sure Shot is a fictionalized account of the life of Annie Oakley, drawing heavily on the real timelines and events of her life. However, the book is not a biography - it invents situations, people she meets, and a myriad of conversations. Moreover, while the book is presented chronologically, apart from the prologue, it skips certain periods and attempts to focus on those that are especially vital, such as the early years Annie spent with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, including the tours through Europe.
A special feature of the novel is the framing of Annie's loving marriage to fellow sharpshooter Frank Butler, whom she married at sixteen and remained married to for 50 years until her death. Frank was far more than just her husband - he was her manager (he gave up his own shooting for that role) and her constant companion.
The novel closes with an epilogue in Frank's voice, presenting an overview of their lives together and the circumstances of her death in 1926.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781495450600
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/05/2014
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jeffrey Marshall is a retired journalist, author and poet from Scottsdale, AZ. This is his debut novel, but he was an award-winning journalist for 35 years and the author of two previous books. He's also written two unfinished thrillers that probably would have thrilled no one - and certainly no one in the publishing establishment.
Marshall has a bachelor's degree from Princeton and a master's in journalism from Northwestern. He has a keen interest in American history of the late 1800s, the years of Annie Oakley's greatest fame and the era in which America, and the American West, was asserting itself on the world stage.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Western historical characters have always fascinated me, especially the women.  Little Miss Sure Shot follows the life of Annie Oakley from her childhood through to her passing.  It is written not just as a biography but also as a story which makes it an easy, pull-you-in kind of book.  It delves into what drove Annie to be the woman she becomes and the intimate but little known relationship with her husband.  This book was made available free from the author and publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great bio/novel I got all teary at the end. It is both a wonderful story of a strong and competent woman and a love story. I grew up with the story of Annie Oakley as told in the musical Annie Get Your Gun, and sang The Girl that I Marry as a kindergartner, and never knew the true love story which beats the movie version in my opinion. Thanks for a great read, J. Marshall
Cecile-Sune-Book-Obsessed More than 1 year ago
Little Miss Sure Shot tells the story of Annie Oakley, a famous American markswoman in the 1880s. It relates her life from her birth in Ohio in 1860 to her rise to fame in Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show, until her death in 1922. In the process, we learn about the beautiful love story between Annie and her husband, Frank Butler. Frank gave up shooting for her and became her manager. They were married for 50 years. This is Jeffrey Marshall’s first novel, a historical fiction based on real-life Annie Oakley, a remarkable woman well ahead of her time. She lead an incredible life, traveling all over the US and Europe. In the process, she met Queen Victoria in London and Prince Wilhelm in Germany. Back home, she rubbed shoulders with the likes of Mark Twain and Thomas Edison. She shot like no other woman before her, yet managed to keep her feminity intact. The book is well written and fascinating. I only wish it had been longer and more detailed, as it has only 148 pages. In particular, I would have liked to know more about her childhood and her travels. In addition, I thought there was no need for the prologue and that its content could have been integrated into the chronological story. In the end though, the book was fun to read and really interesting. Little Miss Sure Shot was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review. Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.
bamauthor More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book not really knowing what to expect. Of course I had heard of Annie Oakley, but I did not expect to find there was so much more than a wild, undisciplined sharpshooter. Sure got a surprise when I started reading this account which is not a biography but rather a colorful portrait of the highlights in Annie’s illustrious career and her fifty year marriage with Frank Butler. Annie was born in 1860 to a poor Quaker farm family living in Ohio who named her Phoebe Ann Moses. One of seven children, at the age of six her life soon became even more difficult when her father died. By the age of eight, Annie had learned to shoot small game which she sold to help support her family. Before Annie hit her teens she was competing with men in shooting competitions. During one of these she met sharpshooter Frank Butler; Annie won the competition by one point. Fifteen year old Annie promptly fell in love and married the man with whom she would soon perform in the vaudeville circuit. A few years later the couple would join Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show with Bill Cody. They traveled throughout the country and later on to Europe. Annie wanted her name to match her frontier image; the name Oakley actually was taken from a town near her farm. When it became clear that Annie was the star feature, Frank graciously decided from that point on he would be her manager instead of her shooting partner. Marshall does a good job of describing their whirlwind life on the tour circuit, They witness the construction of the Statue of Liberty on Bedloe Island, attend the fiftieth anniversary celebration of Queen Victoria, meet General Sherman, P.T. Barnum, and Kaiser Wilhelm. The couple sail the canals in Venice and walk the streets of Paris. Annie appears in stage plays and gets invited to participate in one of Thomas Edison’s first moving picture ventures. After an unfortunate train wreck in 1901and a bad automobile accident in 1907, Annie and Frank open up sharpshooting training centers to teach their skills to others. Though they never had children, Annie and Frank gave generously to orphanages and children’s hospitals. Ironically, Annie died of pernicious anemia, which may have been cause by her constant exposure to the lead of the bullets that she used to shoot. Frank lived less than three weeks after her passing. The author weaves an exciting story depicting Annie’s strong pioneer spirit of determination and stubbornness, a love story, history, adventure, and travel. Annie presents a strong female character well ahead of her time willing to take on the challenges of one whose life spanned the era from the Civil War through the end of World War I. This book can be enjoyed by readers ten and older. Teachers can certainly use it as a tool as a window to life during that era as well as a woman ahead of her time.
alinefromabook More than 1 year ago
What a charming and delightful account of Annie Oakley’s life! I thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to really get a feel for one of the icons of the American West. Annie Oakley was someone I had heard of and knew she was famous for her marksmanship but I had never heard the story of her life before. Being a bit of a history buff I was very excited to read this book and learn more and the author did not disappoint. Jeffrey Marshall grabs your interest from the beginning with a recounting of the period in her life when she was suing Hearst Corporation for libel and keeps you interested with his engaging writing style. He then relates the story of her life from the day she fired a gun for the first time until her death. He relays the events in her life that formed her into the star she would become. I especially enjoyed the way he was able to portray her scrappy but inquisitive personality and also that of her devoted husband. I was mesmerized by all the rich and powerful people this little lady was able to meet during her years with the Wild West Show and how she was able to step into a man’s world and not only play their game but beat them at it. Annie Oakley was a truly remarkable person who never let her fame get the better of her. I think she is still a shining example for girls even in the 21st century. If you enjoy American history or just like a good story you will really like reading this book. I highly recommend it.