The Night Circus (Bound for Schools & Libraries)
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 Reves," 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.
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About the Author
""The Night Circus" made me happy. Playful and intensely imaginative, Erin Morgenstern has created the circus I have always longed for and she has populated it with dueling love-struck magicians, precocious kittens, hyper-elegant displays of beauty and complicated clocks. This is a marvelous book."
-- Audrey Niffenegger, author of "The Time Traveler's Wife"
"If this novel is just cotton candy, it's cotton candy spun from strands of edible silver...With no more lust than a late volume of "Harry Potter," Morgenstern manages to conjure up a love story for adults that feels luxuriously romantic. When Celia calls their circus a 'wonder and comfort and mystery all together, ' she could have been talking about this book."
--Ron Charles, "The Washington Post"
"A Romeo and Juliet tale drenched in magic realism, "The Night Circus" defies both genres and expectations. In short, it's a showstopper."
"--The Boston Globe
"Erin Morgenstern's debut novel, "The Night Circus," is quietly, enchantingly perfect...reading this novel is like having a marvelous dream, in which you are asleep enough to believe everything that is happening, but awake enough to relish the experience and understand that it is magical."
"[A] dark and extravagantly imagined debut...The plot follows the separate and then intertwining lives of Celia and Marco, both forced to spend their lives pitting their unusual talents against each other in a cruel competition. But their world is Morgenstern's most vivid creation, a fantastical circus featuring illusionists whose powers transcend mere sleight of hand; like those performers, the author entices her audience to suspend disbelief and rewards its members with captivating pleasure."
"Morgenstern's exquisitely realized world will have the reader wishing to run off and join this circus."
"Morgenstern's Circus is the stuff that
"Magical. Enchanting. Spellbinding. Mesmerizing." --Associated Press
"Erin Morgenstern has created the circus I have always longed for and she has populated it with dueling love-struck magicians, precocious kittens, hyper-elegant displays of beauty and complicated clocks. This is a marvelous book." --Audrey Niffenegger, author of "The Time Traveler's Wife
"Get ready to be won over. . . . Part love story, part fable, and a knockout debut. . . . So sparklingly alive, you'll swear the pages are breathing in your hands. . . . "The Night Circus" defies both genres and expectations." --"The Boston Globe "
"A riveting debut. "The Night Circus "pulls you into a world as dark as it is dazzling, fully-realized but still something out of a dream. You will not want to leave it." --Tea Obreht, author of "The Tiger's Wife"
""The Night Circus" is the real deal, the kind of novel that will appeal to romantics, history buff, circus aficionados, mystery fans, and lovers of a good story. . . . Steeped in circus lore, filled with evocative scenes of magic and illusion, enriched by characters as varied as the clockmaker who crafted the circus's iconic timepiece . . . "The Night Circus "is worth staying up for." --"Bookreporter "
"One of the best books I have ever read." --Brunonia Barry, author of "The Lace Reader"
"[A] few pages in . . . and you know you are in the presence of an extraordinary storyteller." --"The Daily Beast"
"Echoing the immense pleasure of Susanna Clarke's "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell," "The Night Circus "presents a sprightly version of 19th-century English magic. . . . A love story for adults that feels luxuriously romantic." --"The Washington Post "
"Dark and extravagantly imagined." --"People "
"Pure pleasure. . . . Erin Morgenstern is a gifted, classic storyteller, a tale-teller, a spinner of the charmed and mesmerizing--I had many other things I was supposed to be doing, but the