Shoot, Minnie, Shoot!

  • by Happy Jack Feder
  • Narrated by Anna Fields
  • 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1903, over 300 Indian children from across America lived at the Fort Shaw Indian Boarding School in a remote, isolated valley in Montana. Among the children were a handful of teenage girls, many who had only lived in tepees. They quickly learned to play basketball and resoundingly crushed all opponents, including men's and women's university teams. After the games, the girls recited Shelley and Longfellow, played mandolins and violins, sang, danced, and pantomimed. In less than one year after first seeing a basketball, they were crowned the first world champions of basketball at St. Louis' 1904 World's Fair. Millions saw them and gained a deeper understanding and love for Indians. This is the story of that team, seen through the eyes of star player, Minnie Burton.


What the Critics Say

"Anna Fields brings this fictional biography to life with respect and joy. Fields skillfully portrays the various Native American children from a wide variety of tribes....One needn't be a basketball fan to enjoy this reading." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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Full of Inaccuracies

I gave the book 2 stars because the story of the Fort Shaw Indian girls basketball team is fascinating, but this particular telling of it is so full of inaccuracies that I hardly know where to begin. The Shoshone are not part of the Sioux (Lakota!) nation. F.C. Campbell was only 6 yrs old when the Massacre on the Marias took place. The girl holding the ball on the cover is Belle Johnson, not Minnie. I couldn't help but roll my eyes at the cultural misrepresentations that were found throughout the book. I imagine that Shoshone, Blackfeet, and other Indian readers will be more than irritated by the distortions of their cultural and religious beliefs.
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- T. Arcangel "I am a Special Education teacher. I grew up in Ashland, Oregon, but have lived most of my life in Hawaii. My favorite reading/listening genres are history and historical fiction."


Would you consider the audio edition of Shoot, Minnie, Shoot! to be better than the print version?


What did you like best about this story?

it was based on fact.

What does Anna Fields bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

not sure

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I loved the book it made me feel good

Any additional comments?

I have recommended it often

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- Laurel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-23-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.