Last Night at the Circle Cinema

  • Interest Level: Grade 8 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

Olivia, Bertucci, and Codman were the trio no one else in high school could quite figure out, an impenetrable triangle of friendship. Now they’re graduating and about to start new lives away at college and without one another. Beyond their friendship, there’s one thing they have in common: the Circle Cinema, a once-thriving old movie theater now reduced to a boarded up concrete box, condemned and about to be forgotten forever—which is, as far as Olivia and Codman can tell, a lot like what’s going to happen to them.

So in one last desperate effort to hold on to the secrets they share, Bertucci hatches a plan—an experiment, really. He convinces Olivia and Codman to join him in spending their last night before graduation locked inside the cinema’s concrete walls. None of them can open the box before sunrise. Over the course of the night, the trio is then forced to face one another, the events of the past year, and whatever is to come when the new day dawns.

Emily Franklin’s Last Night at the Circle Cinema is the story of a friendship’s end and moving rebirth.

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Interest Level Grade 8 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2015
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 200
Publication Date 2015-09-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.7
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF058120, YAF058050, YAF058110
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 880
ATOS Reading Level 5.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 175859
Accelerated Reader® Points 9.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, and Reviewed

Author: Emily Franklin

Emily Franklin is the author of more than a dozen young adult books. She lives with her husband, four kids, and an enormous dog outside of Boston, Massachusetts.


  • Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable, Commended, 2016
  • ALAN Pick, Winner, 2015


Booklist Online

“[T]his contemporary novel is a smart, quirky examination of these teens’ innermost lives. . . . Franklin captures the uncertain thrill of being on the cusp of a major change and the intensity of teenage friendships, and the ending . . . will provoke discussion.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“A sweet and wonderful tale that will get teens thinking about their own futures and friendships.”—School Library Journal