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For the Love of Music

The Remarkable Story of Maria Anna Mozart

Written by Elizabeth RuschAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Elizabeth Rusch
Illustrated by Lou FancherAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Lou Fancher and Steve JohnsonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Steve Johnson

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By the time she was 12, she was considered one of the finest pianists in Europe, but today few people know her name. Maria Mozart, like her famous brother Wolfgang, was a musical prodigy. The talented siblings toured Europe, playing before kings and empresses, were showered with gifts and favors, and lived in a whirlwind life of music and travel. They were best friends, collaborators, and confidantes. As they grew older, Wolfgang was encouraged to pursue his musical ambitions, while Maria was told she must stop performing and, ultimately, marry. But she was determined to continue playing the piano every day, for the love of music . . . .
Elizabeth Rusch|Lou Fancher|Steve Johnson

About Elizabeth Rusch

Elizabeth Rusch - For the Love of Music
ELIZABETH RUSCH is an award-winning freelance writer and former managing editor of Teacher magazine. Her first children's book, Generation Fix, was a Smithsonian Notable Children's Book and a finalist for the IRA's Children's Book Award. Will It Blow? was named a Natural History Best Book and a Washington Reads Pick.  Visit www.elizabethrusch.com.

About Lou Fancher

Lou Fancher - For the Love of Music
Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher have collaborated on many award-winning and bestselling picture books, including Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou.  Steve and Lou live in Moraga, California, with their son, Nicholas. Visit their website at www.johnsonandfancher.com

About Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson - For the Love of Music
Steve Johnson lives in Minneapolis, MN.
Praise | Awards

Praise

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, December 20, 2010:
“Rusch's rich prose and Johnson and Fancher's lavishly detailed collages … seamlessly blend to form a moving portrait of an unsung musician.”

Review, Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2011:
"This is an extraordinarily constructed work: Rusch … illuminates in simple but vivid terms how important music was to Maria … Johnson and Fancher echo the elegant construction of the text … so every image is full of texture and heft."

Review, Portland Oregonian, March 13, 2011:
"This beautiful book is marketed for children ages 5-8; however, it is a masterpiece, resonating with all lovers of music, regardless of age."

Awards

WINNER 2011 California Reading Association Eureka! Silver Honor Book
NOMINEE NCSS/CBC Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies
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