The Mozart Girl by Barbara Nickel

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 boys only. She wanted to compose symphonies, but was told girls did not compose symphonies and soon her days would be filled with taking care of the house, children, and her husband.

Where Nickel’s tale and history differ most, is in Nannerl’s journey. The story allowed her to do something she never did in real life (as far as history has mentioned, at least) and that is to defy her father, play her self-composed symphony, and receive a standing ovation and approval from her parents.

Even if not historically accurate at times, Nickel’s story of believing in oneself is a great tale for anyone to read.

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