Excellent, Primary, Intermediate, Young Adult, Biography, Niagra Falls, Barrel Riding, Annie Edison Taylor, Poverty
Aging charm-school teacher Annie Edison Taylor is determined to avoid the poorhouse. With decreased student enrollment at the school, Annie knows she needs a way to replenish her ever-dwindling supply of funds. Her plan? To go over Niagara Falls inside of a barrel! Hoping to make a profit from news coverage and public appearances, Annie hires a manager, and at the age of sixty-two, Annie becomes the first person to travel down the Falls in a barrel. Though Annie’s daring feat never earns her the fame and wealth she hoped for, it is the personal satisfaction that makes the stunt worthwhile.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"Queen of the Falls,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 39:
4, Article 74.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol39/iss4/74