by Nancy Moser

September 2006
ISBN: 0-7642-0123-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Bethany House Publishers
Trade Paperback

Nannerl Mozart is five years older than her brother, Wolfgang, and she wishes that she were the child prodigy. After all, Wolfgang learned his love of music from her.

Nannerl loved her early childhood, traveling all over Europe with her family and performing with Wolfgang before the crowned heads. Behind the glamorous life lurks dark difficulties. Travel, inadequate lodging, not enough money to live on, and Wolfgang’s illness. Their father, Leopold, seems to have a singular goal of bringing Wolfgang’s genius to the world’s attention.

Nannerl is just as talented as Wolfgang, but being a female, what hope does she have of realizing her own dreams?

Mozart's Sister is based on the real life story of Wolfgang Mozart and his sister, Nannerl. I never knew the information that is portrayed in this book and found it interesting to learn more about the behind the scenes life of a famous composer. Nannerl is a sympathetic character and the story will tug at your heartstrings and make you ache for the injustice that females born in that era had to endure.

I enjoyed reading Mozart's Sister and recommend this for any lovers of classical music, homeschoolers, and history lovers. Ms. Moser is a talented author and is able to bring this historical tale to life. It is also fascinating to read how this story came to be, which is included at the rear of the book. It is funny.

Reviewed in October 2006 by Laura.

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