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The Kingdom of Back

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Mozart's sister steps up in witty historical fantasy.

Book Marie Lu Fantasy 2020
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age 13+

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age 13+

Sweet Historical-Fantasy

Review from - Mozart is a household name, but really it is only Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who is associated with the name. Few think of his sister, Maria Anna “Nonnerl” Mozart, a talented musician and composer in her own right. The Kingdom of Back tells the story of the siblings, emphasizing the fantastical world that the two created to amuse and entertain themselves and offer a bit of escapism from the challenges of the real world. Nonnerl narrates the tale, seamlessly blending her fame as a musical genius, the jealousy that creeps in as she recognizes her brother’s talent, and her desire to be remembered in a world that will not celebrate her accomplishments. Her one desire is to be remembered, but given her gender, she knows that making a name for herself will be a perpetual battle. Nonnerl must navigate meeting her father’s demands and her all-but-certain future as a forgotten name, and, thus, escapes to the Kingdom of Back where she finds inspiration, music, and beauty. As she grows, though, Nonnerl discovers that not all in Back is as it seems, and not all in the real world is what she had assumed. How can Nonnerl protect herself and brother from a world that wishes to consume them, and achieve her dream of being remembered throughout history?

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Some of the best stories can be found in history's footnotes, and this intricate historical fantasy uses the early childhood of Mozart as a springboard for an enchanting tale of sibling rivalry. In The Kingdom of Back, the relationship between Woferl and Nannerl is described with insight and sensitivity. Author Marie Lu expertly mixes fantasy and fact as she follows the struggles of Nannerl in her efforts to build a legacy that will last forever. Heartbreaking, rapturous, and witty, The Kingdom of Back is a major change of pace for Lu, completely successful and worthy of a wide readership.

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