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Mary Ann & Miss Mozart
(Historical House)

Ann Turnbull

Average Review Rating Average Rating 8/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Usborne Publishing Ltd

Published : 2007

Copyright : Ann Turnbull 2007

ISBN-10 : PB 0-7460-7311-9
ISBN-13 : PB 978-0-7460-7311-7

Publisher's Write-Up

Mary Ann's greatest wish is to become an opera singer and she's thrilled when she gets the chance to see child prodigy Mozart perform with his sister in Chelsea. But when her father loses his fortune, she fears her singing dreams may be shattered. This second 'Historical House' title from award-winning author, Ann Turnbull, is an enchanting story of dreams and determination, set in the colourful world of eighteenth century London and referencing true events.

Key Stage: KS2 E/H; Age 9+

About the Author:
Ann Turnbull was born in Hertford during the Second World War. Since 1974 she has written more than 25 books for children, specializing in stories with historical backgrounds. In 1992 her novel, Pigeon Summer, was shortlisted for both the Smarties Award and the WHSmith Mind-Boggling Book Award. No Shame, No Fear has been longlisted for the 2004 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.

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Review by Jessica (310311) Rating (8/10)

Review by Jessica
Rating 8/10
From an early age Ann Turnbull knew she wanted to be a writer. After years as a secretary Ann returned to study and took up a job as a teacher. There she discovered the joy of children’s literature and went on to actually write books aimed at children. Her first novel was published in 1974 and now Ann is a full-time author. Ann now lives in Shropshire with her husband.

It is 1764 and young Mary Ann has one big wish - to become an opera singer. So of course, it rings true for her to be thrilled when she gets to see child wonder Mozart perform with his sister in Chelsea. Then out of the blue, her dearest father loses his fortune and shatters his daughter's dream of fame and stardom as a singer. What will happen in this historical tale surrounding a charming girl and her desires?

This book is full of historical and dramatic storylines. There is always a sense of atmosphere that fits so well with that era. Perhaps one of Ann Turnbull's best novels? Definitely enjoyable.
Jessica (31st March 2011)

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