Barbara Nickel



1996  The Secret Wish of Nannerl Mozart  Second Story Press
2005  Hannah Waters and the Daughter of Johann Sebastian Bach  Penguin Canada
2021  Dear Peter, Dear Ulla Thistledown Press


1999  From the Top of a Grain Elevator   Dundurn Press


2015 A Boy Asked the Wind  Red Deer Press


1997  The Gladys Elegies  Coteau Books
2007  Domain  House of Anansi Press
2021   Essential Tremor Caitlin Press


2006  Hannah Waters and the Daughter of Johann Sebastian Bach, mass market edition  Penguin Canada
2014  The Secret Wish of Nannerl Mozart, Sumach Classic edition  Canadian Scholars Press
2019 The Mozart Girl (reissue of The Secret Wish of Nannerl Mozart) Second Story Press


Dear Peter, Dear Ulla was a finalist for the 2022 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People.


Dear Peter, Dear Ulla was announced as the winner of the 2022 High Plains Book Award. Barbara received the award at Montana State University in Billings, Montana on October 8, 2022.

Dear Peter, Dear Ulla has been nominated for the 2023 Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Young Readers Choice Award).

The Manitoba Young Readers Choice Awards (MYRCA) has nominated Dear Peter, Dear Ulla as a 2023 Northern Lights (Grades 7-9) finalist!

Dear Peter, Dear Ulla was a finalist for the BC and Yukon Book Prizes.

Essential Tremor reviewed in The Vancouver Sun. Read full review here.

Dear Peter, Dear Ulla is reviewed and “Highly Recommended” in CM (Canadian Review of Materials)! Read the full review here.

Barbara’s poem “Essential Tremor” is included in the anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2021, edited by Souvankham Thammavongsa, published by Biblioasis in October.

Barbara has been chosen as a featured poet on TransLink, BC Transit, and the Association of Book Publishers of BC’s Poetry in Transit 2021/22. 

Rob Taylor interviews Barbara about Essential Tremor, part of a nine-part series of interviews for National Poetry Month, in Read Local BC. Check out the interview here.

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