Nominated by:

Winnipeg Public Library, Canada

New Hampshire State Library, Concord, USA

Jacksonville Public Library, USA

Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs, USA

Publisher of nominated edition:

Doubleday, Canada

The Night Circus

Erin Morgenstern      

2013 Longlist

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

(From Publisher)

About the Author

Erin Morgenstern is a writer and artist. Most of her writings and paintings are fairy tales, in one way or another. She lives in Massachusetts.

Librarians’ Comments

The Night Circus is a dark and dazzling novel which mesmerizes the reader with a magical tale of fate, greed, and the power of love.

Beautiful writing. Mystery, magic and a sensual setting – new and imaginative, yet believable.

Wow! What a great book. The writing was wonderful, the story was complex and interesting. The characters were well drawn, and what a circus!

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