Literary Las Vegas: Jackie Shirley

In “Noble the Prehistoric Mouse,” Las Vegas writer Jackie Shirley shares the story of a mouse born with the spirit of adventure and curiosity.

Noble sets out alone, armed only with a slingshot, to find out what happened to a group of villagers who disappeared into the great forest.

Along the way, he faces Bat-O-Dactyls and Saber-Tooth-Meows and returns home as a hero.

Shirley has worked as a drum instructor, pool room owner and automotive and aerospace tool designer. His other books include “Gina, the Queen Bee,” “Queen of a Chance: Story of a Gambler,” “The Changeling Prince” and “Running the Table: The Story of Tama Thunder The Indian Princess.”


Noble’s favorite pastime was sitting around the village fire at night to hear the Village Elders tell stories. The Elders were masters of suspense. They would begin by speaking very softly, no louder than a whisper. By the end of the story, there were often on their feet, waving their arms and shouting. Sometimes this startled the little mice, but story time was often downright exciting.

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