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The Mozart Girl

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  19 reviews
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, Mama usually has a list of chores for her, and Wolfi always manages to steal everyb ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published March 18th 2019 by Second Story Press
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Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))

An interesting tale of Maria Anna Mozart, older sister to Wolfgang, who was also a talented, young musician. This was my introduction to Maria Anna (aka Nannerl) and her musical abilities. The Mozart Girl was a nice middle-grade tale of siblings, historical Europe, and girls' roles in the 18th century. It would make a nice addition to any classroom and inspired me to further research Nannerl's life.
Ms. Yingling
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
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Nannerl has just turned 12, and is somewhat sad about her childhood being over. She is also angry that even on her birthday, her talented but tempestuous brother Wolfgang gets all of the attention. While her father allows her to perform along with him, if time runs out, Nannerl is always the one who does not get to play. When the family embarks on a tour of Europe, Nannerl hopes that she will be able to take her symphony to Bach, whom they are going to meet, and help her
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Mozart Girl by Barbara Nickel is an excellent introduction into the life of one of history’s most obscure composers - though thankfully now she is becoming less and less obscure, thanks to historians and writers like Barbara Nickel. Nannerl Mozart, older sister of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is one of my favorite historical figures, especially since I have also been a young lady musician for most of my life. I am always looking for works written about her, whether they are biographical ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Even tho this is a young adult book it can be geared to anyone who loves historical fiction.
I thought this would be an interesting book because he is one of my favorite composers. I learned a lot about Mozart. For instance I didn't know that he had a prodigy sister. Girls like that weren't recognized like that back in those days. I that is so not fair!! Girls can sometimes do much better than boys!!!
No wonder she didn't at first care whether or not she did anything for her musical career.
Apparently Amadeus Mozart had an older sister known as Nannerl. This historical fiction is based on her life with her famous younger brother, when they went on the grand tour of Europe, mostly in what is now Germany and France.

What is truly amazing is realizing all this is happening a few years before the French Revolution. (The tour happens in 1763-1764, the French Revolution started in 1789). All the pomp, all the wealth, would bring this about. But in the meantime, the children get to see the
Jill Jemmett
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great historical middle grade novel.

I didn’t know this story about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s older sister. She was also a musician, but since she was a girl, she wasn’t given the same opportunities or credit as him. It’s a shame that just because she was a girl, she wasn’t able to pursue her dreams of playing music. Still today, we know his name but her name isn’t as recognizable.

I found it fascinating to read about how they learned and played instruments in the 18th century. I play th
Bethany Swafford
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The older sister of the talented Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Nannerl, feels overshadowed by her brother. As she tours Europe with her family, she does all she can to prove she is a composer in her own right.

This was a lovely read. Though geared to a younger audience (middle grade, I would guess), I enjoyed learning about this young composer I'd never heard of before. Nannerl was a feisty young lady and a skilled musician. The portrayal of her in this book was a delight.

The details of the tour were
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I simply adore this book.
From the first page, it is beautiful and magical and while reading it, I felt like Nannerl when she composes. The book flowed through me in images and music. A magical and very rare thing. I love it, when a book can truly transport me into a different world and reality fades away.
That is the true magic of books for me, and I value the experience because it happens so rarely.

I highly recommend getting this book by B.C. author Barbara Nickel. I can’t guarantee you will fi
Victoria Baldin
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Mozart Girl by Barbara Nickel is a historical fiction book for any age group.

This book is about Nannerl, the older sister of famous and well-known Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Nannerl was a talented musician and composer living in the time of when girls are not supposed to show their talents and have to conform to all sorts of rules. Nannerl does not want to conform but wants to show that she can be just as good as her brother (if not better)

I enjoyed reading this book as I’m sure everyone who r
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was very well written. The main character is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s older sister, Maria Anna (Nannerl). She’s a prodigy herself, but, because she’s a girl, lives in the shadows of her brother, Wolfgang (Wolfi). For her 12th birthday, she wishes to become a great composer someday. However, nobody takes her seriously. During the timeline of this book, the Mozart family goes on their grand world tour, which takes them away from home for 3 years. She and her brother play for queens, kin ...more
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating view of the child prodigy through the eyes of his older sister Nannerl. She was an brilliant musician, but was often overshadowed by her brother and society's expectations for females. Nickel allows Nannerl to shine and assert herself in a beautiful holiday tale. Brought tears to my eyes!

A big thank you to Second Story Press and NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of this middle grade title in exchange for an honest review.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
I read an advanced reading copy of this book.

What if girls were given the same chances as boys? What would the world be like if they were given those chances?

This is the question The Mozart Girl raises. It’s engaging read, and one that reminds us that girls can do anything boys can do - they just have to be given the chance.
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
it was a very enjoyable read. The story is really simple and entertaining. It's a perfect book for children to read because it is very motivational. The story talks about the talent and passion the two Mozart children have for music and are eager to strive for opportunities to learn and perform. ...more
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF - 60%
The Mozart Girl follows the sister of the famous composer. We do get to see Mozart as a child, as well and it was nice to see him less serious.

I like Nannerl's character and how she was presented. I think this is a good empowering book for young artists as it shows how Nannerl overcame the obstacles in her way that her father kept putting up to stop her and for the focus to stay on Mozart.
While this was a story of fiction multiple different parts were true which was nice to see added in as well
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This is such a little book but still managed to pack in so much. It reminded me of the Royal Diaries books, which is a very good thing. I hope Barbara Nickel writes more like this. I felt so much for Nannerl and I liked how the author balanced her love for and jealousy of her younger brother. I'm really glad I decided to read this one. ...more
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Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nannerl Mozart, a 12 year old musician, is living her dream. Traveling throughout Europe, meeting kings and queens, she and her brother Wolfgang share a special bond as the famous Mozart siblings. But Nannerl has a secret, one that she hasn't even shared with Wolfgang. She longs to be a composer.

Working in secret, Nannerl begins her composition while on tour with the family. In her spare time, she sneaks away to write music and learn the violin. But between Papa's ideas about women and music, an
Teresa Grabs
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nickel’s tale of Mozart’s sister, Nannerl, is similar to those of the Dear America series where real people and events are told through fictional stories. In The Mozart Girl, we follow the story of Nannerl and Mozart’s three-year tour of Europe.

Nannerl’s story is fun and one that many older siblings can relate to. A prodigy herself, she was overshadowed by Wolfie and the role afforded him by societies standards of the day. Nannerl wanted to learn to play the violin and organ, but those were for
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Maria Anna Walburga Ignatia Mozart is the older sister of the famous Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and with such a long name to pronounce it's not a surprise that her family has given her a shorter name - Nannerl. This middle grade novel opens with Nannerl celebrating her 12th birthday. Shortly after the opening scene, the reader finds that Nannerl's birthday is overshadowed by her musical prodigy brother as he shows off his musical talents. This is not the only time in the book in which Nannerl is gi ...more
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