The Night Circus

Book review by Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Illusionists compete in dream-like literary romance.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 26 reviews

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age 16+

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This was unlike anything else I'd ever read, like a literary Rube Goldberg machine made of steampunk dreams. The story was complex (with an erratically shifting timeline) and yet it made sense; the ending was satisfying while maintaining its mystery. The Night Circus is the setting for a mesmerizing competition pitting the students of two rival magicians against each other.

This title has:

Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.
age 13+


I read many remarkable books this year, and one book I particularly enjoy is The Night Circus. This book is the most beautiful thing, more elegant than Chopin's music, most famous artwork and loveliest flowers. Everything about this book is like a dream. I forgot that I was reading because I felt like a character in the book, a person following the circus, looking at the most wonderous things with my own eyes, and felt the magic. I read so many books, yet I have never felt this kind of sensation before. The timing, storyline, character, and words; everything about this book is exceptional.

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Educational value
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Great role models

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