Barbara Allman

Book Review
"This complete biography for young readers goes a long way to show us the genius that lay at the heart of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart." --Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review

Praise for
Dance of the Swan: A Story about Anna Pavlova

"Clearly written and upbeat, this sensitive portrayal will inspire young readers."
-School Library Journal July 2001

Comments about Her Piano Sang: A Story about Clara Schumann

"A fine introduction to a strong, disciplined artist." Kirkus Reviews December 1996

"Written in a clear and lively style, Her Piano Sang gives young readers insight into a female musician and composer of the romantic period....A worthwhile purchase." School Library Journal January 1997

New Music Biography!

Musical Genius: A Story About
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

More than 250 years after his birth, Mozart is still a musical genius for all time. Find out about this awesome composer. Click on "WHAT'S NEW" for information about Mozart that will amaze you!

This is a Web site for kids and teachers. I hope you will stay awhile and browse. You can find out about some of the other books I've written, too.

"Where do you get your ideas?"
Kids ask me where I get my ideas. Ideas are everywhere, just waiting for you to tune in. The idea for my book about Clara Schumann, Her Piano Sang, was planted years ago when I was a young girl taking piano lessons. Invite me to your school sometime, and I'll tell you the whole story.

What is biography?
As you may already know, I love to write about interesting people who really lived. Those books are called biography. When I start a book, I'm eager to learn all about the person, but I'm not an expert. The fun begins when I search out all the information I can. When the book is finished, it's not easy to say good-bye to the person I've come to know.

I hope you'll enjoy exploring this Web site and reading my stories. Have fun, and happy reading!

Selected Works

Middle-grade Biography
Dance of the Swan: A Story About Anna Pavlova
Teachers! Click here for a follow-up cooking activity.
Middle-Grade Biography
Her Piano Sang: A Story about Clara Schumann
Kids! Click here for some musical writing fun.
Short Story
Social Studies
A World in Focus: Central and South America
Teachers! Click here for an introductory activity.

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