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Mary Ann and Miss Mozart

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Songs and music from the time of Mary Ann

Wolfgang Amadeus and Maria Anna (Nannerl) Mozart

Ranelagh Gardens and Chelsea

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Life in the eighteenth century

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About this book

The Historical House
Mary Ann and Miss Mozart

  • An enchanting story of dreams and determination, set in the colourful world of eighteenth century London.
  • The Historical House series charts the life and times of girls who lived in 6 Chelsea Walk in some of history's most fascinating periods.
  • Includes internet links to websites where readers can find out more about Mozart and eighteenth century life.

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.


Ann Turnbull

Ann Turnbull

Ann Turnbull was born in Hertford during World War II. She knew from the age of ten that she wanted to be a writer and has written more than 25 books for children, including Pigeon Summer, which was shortlisted for the Smarties Book Prize. She is married with two children and now lives in the West Midlands with her husband and her tabby cat, Claude.

Visit the author’s website, www.annturnbull.com, for more information.


Press Reviews

The premise of Usborne's Historical House series is a delightful one: a single house in Chelsea forms the backdrop for a set of stories spanning 200 years. Written by three acclaimed authors, each focuses on an atmospheric period.
These are engaging novels, immaculately researched and quietly informative. They can be read in any order; those who read them all will be thrilled by the occasional links that draw characters together across generations.

Kate Agnew, EducationGuardian
Following three books published in 2004 by Turnbull, Adele Gèras and Linda Newbery about girls who have lived in the same house in different periods, this is one of the next trio in the series 'Historical House'. In this story, the house is a girls' school, and Mary Ann one of the small number of pupils, studying Deportment and other accomplishments as well as French and Geography. She has a good soprano voice, and is soon selected for the end-of-term concert, and life is very pleasant, until her father's ship goes down with its valuable cargo of slaves (which makes Mary Ann feel rather vaguely uncomfortable), and she is told that the family can no longer afford to keep her at school, although her brother's education will continue. The Miss Mozart connection is very slight: there is a school outing to Ranelagh Gardens, where the young Mozart children are playing, and Mary Ann, entranced by the children's skill, discovers that the girl's name, Nannerl, is short for Maria Anna: the title serves more to place this story in its historical context. Her ticket to Ranelagh, which she treasures as a souvenir, becomes stuck in its hiding place in the panelling, and will evidently be discovered in a later period by a girl in another book. The story flows well, with touches of humour in home and school life which will appeal to girls at KS2, and at the time they will be learning about life in Georgian England.

Diana Barnes, School Librarian Journal
The Historical House books are immaculately researched, engagingly written and quietly educational and this one includes links to websites where readers can find out more about Mozart and eighteenth century life.
Woman’s Way

Reader Reviews

Mary Ann and Miss Mozart
I enjoyed this novel, it is the first one of the series that I have read. I really love history and so thought this was a perfect book for me. I couldn't put it down it was a great book. I am now reading Lizzie's wish.

Christopher Tovey, 22nd November 2010
Mary Ann and Miss Mozart
This book was great I couldn't put it down and was devastated when I forgot to take it to school.

Annie, 25th June 2008
Mary Ann and Miss Mozart
I think this book is amazing and has lots of detail about the past. I love how when you finish a chapter you can't put it down you just have to carry on.I can't wait to read the rest of the historical house sequels.

claire, 12th October 2007

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