The Mozart Girl

The Mozart Girl


By Barbara Nickel


What if Mozart’s sister had her moment in the spotlight?

Nannerl Mozart’s twelfth-birthday wish is to become a famous composer. She’s already considered a brilliant musician, touring eighteenth-century Europe with her little brother, Wolfgang, and playing for queens and kings in the great courts. But Papa doesn’t take her seriously as a composer because she is a girl, Mama usually has a list of chores for her to do, and Wolfi manages to steal everyone’s attention.

But Nannerl is not ready to give up her dream. Can she defy expectations and take control of her musical destiny?

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About the Author

Barbara Nickel is an award-winning poet and author of books for young people. Her work has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and won the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize. Her most recent picture book, A Boy Asked the Wind, was shortlisted for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award. Barbara lives in Yarrow, B.C. with her husband and two sons.

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Product Information

  • Release: March 18, 2019

  • $10.95 Paperback

  • 120 Pages

  • Children's fiction

  • 7.5 x 5.25

  • Ages 9-12 / Grades 4-7

  • Lexile: 830L Guided Reading: U

  • ISBN: 9781772600896


  • Language Arts
    > Historical Fiction

  • Music

Praise for The Mozart Girl:

"(T)he novel truly shines in its descriptions of Nannerl playing and composing music." - Kirkus Reviews

“With a combination of historical fact and imaginative speculation, this fascinating novel explores Nannerl’s painful dilemma as she watches all the accolades go to her younger brother ‘Wolfi' but refuses to abandon her dream of composing her own symphony.” —Chatelaine

“The flow of the words in this story is rhythmic, almost like the notes of music...The genre of historical fiction is a fascinating one. The Mozart Girl, aka Nannerl, steals the show this time!” - Booked For Life

“A swift-moving novel that will inspire readers to seek out information on the real-life Nannerl.” - Historical Novel Society