1883 – Darke County, Ohio
Shoot Like a Girl depicts the historically fictive tale of a young Annie Oakley’s struggles before she becomes the most famous sharpshooting woman of all time.
After the death of her father, Annie is sent to the Darke County poorhouse where she learns to cook, sew, and keep house for other families to help her mother make ends meet. Annie ends up at the McCrimmons, a couple whom she comes to refer to as “the wolves.” Cruel and neglectful, the McCrimmons push Annie to the brink of despair. The only bright spot in her dreary existence is Buck, a beautiful buckskinned horse, and the two form a bond.
Despite her resolve to help her family, Annie loses hope of ever seeing them again, as life at the McCrimmons’ becomes more oppressive, and she is cut off from all outside communication. Physically and emotionally weak from illness, hunger, and abuse, Annie resigns herself to a life of servitude to the abusive couple. But, when Mr. McCrimmon’s continued cruelty to Buck finally threatens the horse’s life, Annie takes matters into her own hands and formulates a plan for escape.
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Kari Bovee’s Shoot Like A Girl
This tale of historical fiction begins around
1883 in Ohio. It is the story of Phoebe Ann
Mosey eventually known as Annie Oakley.
After the death of her father, Annie takes
up hunting to provide for her family. She
becomes a crack shot.
Her mother sends Annie away to the Dark
County Infirmary to learn to sew, cook and
train to be a caregiver for a family to bring
income to her mother, brother and sister.
But the home Annie is bound out to ends
up as a nightmare for her. She finds herself
suffering from both mental and physical
After being locked out of the house in the
cold of winter, Annie find warmth next to
Buck the horse who is also being abused by
the mean, drunken man of the house.
Annie decides to escape in the spring and
take Buck with her.
Although this is a short story the storyline is
gripping. The author writing flows along
smoothly. Her descriptions will put the reader
right there with Annie. You will see, hear and
feel what Annie does.
All the characters are colorful, vivid, well
defined and interesting.
Come along too discover how Phoebe Ann
Mosey is saved and becomes Annie Oakley
and saves her family.
A Highly Recommended Read!!!