The Secret Wish of Nannerl Mozart by Barbara Kathleen Nickel and Rhea Tregebov
We have heard a lot about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart this year, the 250th anniversary of his birth. This novel is the story of Wolfgang–Wolfie, to his family–and his sister, Nannerl. It takes place during a year when they are pre-teens and traveling throughout Europe to play in the courts of kings and queens. Wolfie is already known as a child prodigy–a genius, playing all instruments and already a brilliant composer. Nannerl is also an accomplished musician but is always seen in the shadow of her little brother.
What sibling wouldn’t be jealous?–especially in a time when girls are not considered as important as boys, regardless of talent.
Nannerl and Wolfie do very much care for each other and they are able to find a way of remaining loving siblings, in spite of Nannerl’s jealousy and desire to show her own talent to the world. The novel is based on the real diaries of the children and the family correspondence.
It is a delightful and fascinating glimpse into the lives of these exceptional children.