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The Haunting of Falcon House

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  199 ratings  ·  49 reviews
A long undisturbed bedroom. A startling likeness. A mysterious friend.
When twelve-year-old Prince Lev Lvov goes to live with his aunt at Falcon House, he takes his rightful place as heir to the Lvov family estate. Prince Lev dreams of becoming a hero of Russia like his great ancestors. But he'll discover that dark secrets haunt this house. Prince Lev is the only one who ca
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 14th 2016 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Ania Gaska It has drawings throughout! The paper is crumbling and you see the different versions of the same drawing finish as the story is going on.

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A beautiful children's book that an adult can certainly enjoy. The short chapters were jarring at first but then it seem to fit once the storyline played out. I am intrigued by Russia and this satisfied that desire to learn more about this fascination country and people. There were an underlying message that I really appreciated, read it and find out.
Joseph Leskey
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anybody, supposes I
Recommended to Joseph by: Abigail H. Leskey
This was very enjoyable and quite funny. At first, I was slightly suspicious of the tome, as I am wont to be. However, my suspicions were soon gone from the galaxy and I became rather entertained.

The story itself was very excellent, the pictures could be described by some adjective, the funny parts were absolutely hilarious, and the characters were all very amusing.

Overall, I suppose I am forced to allow the things five stars from my overly generous hand.
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Twelve-year-old Prince Lev Lvov moves in with his aunt at Falcon House. It is a house that he will inherit as he is heir to the Lvov estate. Lev wants to be just like his grandfather, a general in the Russian army, stern and strong. Things are strange though at Falcon House where he finds wonders like an elevator in the home but also rooms that have not been touched in years. As he enters the home, Lev sees another young boy there, playing on the banister. Lev is sent to sleep in his grandfather ...more
Susan Csoke
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Eugene was a schoolboy in Saint Petersburg, Russia when he came upon a bundle of papers wrapped with twine. To his young mind he visualized an ancient mystery. He brought them home and put them away where they remained for years. Upon leaving Russia for the U>S. He took the papers with him. More years passed before he began to look for answers. >> Hence the story of Prince Lev Lvov and his famous grand father.>>> Twelve year old Prince Lev went to live with his aunt at Falcon H ...more
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j, spooky-horror
Prince Lev Lvov leaves his beloved mother to travel to his family palace to take his rightful place as heir. Things are not what they seem at the huge and daunting residence. Sufficiently creepy and thrilling as Prince Lev confronts a ghost wronged by his grandfather.
Laura Phelps
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: possiblemsba2016
I love Eugene Yelchin's writing style so much! This one is quirky and a bit creepy, with a wonderful protagonist and unique illustrations.
Sophie Riggsby / allthingsequilateral
*Review posted on Page Turners Blog on 10/31/2016*

In a strange house with a stranger history, 12-year-old Lev begins to unravel family secrets that have been carefully hidden. Lev's sudden ability to draw makes the illustrations in the book somehow more real. They are a part of the story and not just pictures showing the story. The family Lev finds at his grandfather's old estate is filled with mysterious characters like a gray, little boy named Vanyousha.

As the story unfolds, we find ourselves
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Prince Lev Lvov has moved to Falcon House to take his rightful place in late Czarist Russia. Yet why has his Aunt Olga made him sleep in his grandfather's study, and why are all the servants so deathly afraid of entering? As he draws pictures to console himself, and gets to know a mysterious boy, he must figure out the mystery while trying to live up to his family heritage. Inked pictures (with Russian cursive labels) play a major part in the story, so even though audiobook versions exist, read ...more
Ania Gaska
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chapterbooks
This story combines historical fiction with the supernatural when a boy inherits the ghosts of his Russian noble family’s past. He faces the room that was empty since the death of his grandfather and learns about his life with the help of the people he’s left behind. The story addresses the lives of Russian noble families from when they were supported by serfs to servants and cossacks through the main character learning about his family history. The eerie drawings throughout show the boy as he c ...more
Jill Berry
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fascinating approach, but I've decided not to have it in my elementary school library. It has intense surprises. Not fond of the art work. Breaking Stalin's Nose and Arcady's Goal are more appropriate for elementary students and still teach a lot of Russian history. Great book for middle school and up.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. The super short chapters took some getting used to but once I stopped reading the chapter titles, I was able to cruise right along. Good story, even for adults, but a little creepy so I’d say it’s for older-middle grades. My son begged me to read it after he devoured it. The original art work adds to the story.
Melissa Mcavoy
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 6th, fantasy, 5th, 7th
4 1/2 stars. Odd and marvelous. Young Lev Levov is sent for to join his Aunt in St Petersburg preparatory to taking over as head of the family. But when he arrives it is clears something is very wrong at the family home, Falcon House.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fascinating blend of history, heartbreak, the spectral, artistic and mystery, this is one to keep kids up at night.
Casey Jo
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Read based on how much I loved Breaking Stalin's Nose. This was ... not the same. I liked the concept of the interspersed art, but not the art itself.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not as spooky as I would have liked. but good read anyway
May 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Stunted writing with no energy at all.

I find it a huge mistake to use point of view of the young boy – everything is presented incompletely and without depth. Stopped after 60 pages.
Kim Piddington
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Nice plot twists-engaging mix of mystery and ghosts. Loved the language-not a huge fan of the art.
Kathleen Guinnane
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: school
I liked this story about a young boy in the czar' Russia. An unusual ghost story. Deals with loss and family ties.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully haunting junior novel about a royal Russian family before WWI. Funny, thought provoking, and creepy! And it was based in truth and on real drawings found by the author. Eugene Yelchin is one of my favorite Historical Fiction writers for youth and this one did not disappoint.
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
First of all, just the word "Haunting" in the title would be enough to make me pass this book by, but I was wondering if I still had those little ghost stickers to put on this (cutting the "Horror" part of the sticker off because we don't really have horror horror in the children's room - it's the children's room, fercryinoutloud!). Couldn't find them, but looked at the introduction anyway, which pretends that the manuscript and drawings were that of Prince Lev Lvov of late 19th century Russia t ...more
Dec 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I've heard good things about Yelcin's work in the past, so I was excited to read my first one. I thought it was just okay. I found the time period hard to place, and I wasn't a huge fan of the drawings. I think it did have a decent creepy factor, and I could see how part of the plot wouldn't be predictable to kids, but it didn't make me feel like I needed to go out and read his other books.
As the last remaining heir of an aristocratic family, twelve-year-old Prince Lev Lvov arrives in Saint Petersburg to stay with his aunt. His mother has told him very little about the woman, and he is more than a little anxious about how things will go. Still, he recognizes that this situation presents great possibilities for his future if everything proceeds as planned. But upon his very arrival, Olga Lvovna, his aunt, and all her servants immediately note the resemblance between her nephew and ...more
Courtney Whisenant
The Haunting of Falcon House
Written by Eugene Yelchin
Narrated by Michael Bakkensen and George Guidall
Published 2016 by Recorded Books
5 hours and 2 minutes

I received a free audio copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

When I was in my early twenties, I discovered the writing of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky which sparked in me an enthusiasm for Russian literature. The Haunting of Falcon House appealed to me because it’s a middle-grade ghost story set in late Czarist Russi
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Young Prince Lev Lvov is finally going to take his place at the home of his ancestors. The last of a proud line, Lev dreams of noble stature and military glory. He's determined to emulate his grandfather, a true hero. However, life at Falcon House is not exactly what Lev expected: the house is dusty and most rooms are closed up, the servants are quirky, and the only other member of the family in the enormous house is his volatile aunt. Left for the night in his grandfather's study (believed by t ...more
Jessica Bronder
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
It is 1891 and a young boy, Lev leaves his home to travel to claim his title as prince. Lev’s grandfather was a powerful general in the Russian army. He was well liked and looked up to. Lev aspires to be just like him. But when he gets to his grandfather’s house he finds his cantankerous aunt and terrified staff. Things are not looking like he expected them.

Lev meets Vanyousha, a young boy in the house. With Vanyousha’s help, Lev starts learning that his grandfather is not the person that he th
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC from Netgalley.
The Haunting of Falcon House is the story of Prince Lev, a young boy living in Russia in 1891. The story opens with Prince Lev traveling to St. Petersburg after being summoned by his aunt, who wishes him to take his place as heir to Falcon House. Though it it was hard to leave his mother, Prince Lev is anxious to follow in his ancestor's footsteps and become an important man like his deceased grandfather. Upon arriving at Falcon House, Prince Lev soon realizes
Kathy Martin
May 09, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a mildly spooky middle grade story about a young boy who comes to live with his aunt in Falcon House. The year is 1891. He is Prince Lev Lvov and will one day inherit the house. The house is in disrepair and his aunt is kind of creepy. She is an old woman in a wheel chair who is constantly abusing her servants. She has an agenda for Lev to follow.

Lev is shown to his grandfather's study which is to be his room. His aunt greatly admires her father and is eager to keep to his outdated rule
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it
"Flee this cursed chamber" a voice screamed in my mind, "flee it at once!"

"An invitation arrived from Falcon House for me to take up my noble duties." So, Prince Lev Lvov, who resembles his famous grandfather, reluctant to leave his mother, but knowing he must do his duty, begins the journey toward Falcon House. On the train, he thinks he sees a boy looking in at him "eyes wide, brilliant and imploring." He sees the boy again upon his arrival at Falcon House. Also, upon arrival, he meets his gre
Liz Friend
The story: Prince Lev Lvov has been summoned to the family castle in St. Petersburg. He thinks he's there to be trained as a leader and general, to take the family name on to further glory. But there's a more mysterious, even sinister reason his Aunt Olga brought him here, which he may be able to discover if flocks of bats, crashing elevators, and other ghostly activities don't get to him first...

June Cleaver's ratings: Language G; Violence PG; Sexual content G; Nudity G: Substance abuse PG; Mag
Beth Vredenburg
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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