A Magical Mystery Tour


The Night Circus is set in Victorian London of the 1800s. It is the story of Le Cirque des Rêves, or the Circus of Dreams. The circus runs only from sunset to sunrise, has no actual schedule, and gives little notice about what its next destination might be. From its gardens of ice and complex cloudy mazes to shows from unbelievable tricks of contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is filled with many wonders. Although the actual magic is disguised and revealed to only be tricks (a slight of hand or such), it has a very real purpose. Celia and Marco, who have worked in the circus their entire lives, and are being trained as magicians, are about to learn first-hand just how real it is that their lives are bound to the circus and that magic is not just a game.

BTSYA / Teen Reader (Age 16):
The Night Circus is a truly whimsical book with an incredible magical feeling. After I had finished, I still wanted more. At the same time, I couldn't envision a better ending. Morgenstern’s writing is superb and you feel as though you are witnessing the events from the "front row." Immersed in so many beautiful intricate details about the setting, you only need to keep up with what is happening. Because each chapter is from a different time about a different character, you get many perspectives as the story develops. The chapters don't make the plot confusing. Instead, they make it even more enthralling. This is the book to read if you want to give the fantasy genre a try! I've never read a book like this one, and it is one I will remember - and recommend - for a long time. I highly recommend giving The Night Circus a chance. I think you'll find a whole new vivid world, just waiting to be discovered.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Magic draws readers in and then pushes their imagination to new places on a wonderous, fantastical journey.

Content Awareness Factors:

The story deals with some adult themes and morally gray characters, but contains nothing graphic. It is suitable for young adult readers.

Type of Book:
The story reads much like a fairy tale but with the mystery and intensity of books like The Hunger Games.
Educational Themes:

This is a book to be enjoyed for the fun of reading.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
12 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
12 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age 16.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. When you finish reading it the first time, you'll want to read it again.

Title The Night Circus, a Novel
Author Erin Morgenstern
Publisher Doubleday © 2011
ISBN 9780385534635
Material Hard Cover
Genres Fantasy, Romance
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