One Shot

One Shot

One Shot
Tanya Landman

Barrington Stoke Ltd

ISBN 9781781128510

After the death of her beloved father, Maggie and her family are thrown into a life of destitution. With little income and no way to live off their poor land, Maggie tries to provide for her family the way her father always had - with his hunting rifle and whatever animals the forest would provide. But when her mother is confronted with her "unladylike" behaviour, Maggie is thrown into a life of unthinkable cruelty and abuse. With no one to care for her and only the hope of escape, all Maggie can do is survive. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 13+.

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One Shot5/5

One Shot

Tanya Landman


If you have a student who struggles to find books they enjoy, but are fond of history, then this is a great choice.

One Shot tells the tale of Maggie, a beautiful country girl who is the apple of her father's eye. Maggie and her father enjoy going into the woods and shooting and hunting for game to provide for the family and for this unladylike behaviour, her mother despises her. One day, Maggie's father dies and Maggie desperately tries to keep her family afloat by taking her father's gun and shooting, but instead she is cast out of the family into a care home for destitute children. Maggie's story continues as she is 'rescued' by a seemingly kind family who offer to educate her if she will work as a maid for them. But all is not what is appears to be and soon Maggie is forced to make a desperate escape from them. Whilst in town, Maggie enters a shooting competition. When she wins, she wins more than she bargained for and her life finally begins.

This tale is loosely based on the younger years of the infamous Annie Oakley, America's first celebrity show woman to shoot a gun, before she became famous. The story of Annie Oakley is a fascinating one and this tale really encapsulated what it might have been like to be a poor, young woman during the 19th Century.

This is a real page turner that had me engaged right from the start. It's the sort of story all young girls should read; it teaches that anyone can do anything they set their mind to, irrespective of gender. I can already see this being popular with my students.

Barrington Stoke publishes their stories on thick, sepia paper with large font which makes all their books accessible for any ability. With engaging narratives, their short novels are always a huge hit with my students.

120 pages / Ages 12+ / Reviewed by Joanna Hewish, teacher.

Reviewed by: Joanna Hewish - Teacher