Parents' Guide to

The Night Circus

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Illusionists compete in dream-like literary romance.

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age 14+

Based on 5 parent reviews

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.
age 16+

For Mature Readers Only

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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (28 ):

THE NIGHT CIRCUS is a rich, dreamy tale of theatrical enchantment and thwarted love. Erin Morgenstern writes with grace and flair and walks the fine line between the lyrical and the precious. After a while, the nebulous nature of the illusionists' challenge puts a drag on the narrative, but all the elements come together beautifully at the book's climax. The Night Circus is reminiscent of the best of Ray Bradbury, though without his darkest edge.

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