The Westing Game

The Westing Game

Book - 1978
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The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c1978
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780525471370
9781439516119
9780142401200
9780758702241
0758702248
9780525423201
0525423206
9780380679911
0380679914
9780140386646
0140386645
Branch Call Number: J MYS Raskin E
Characteristics: 185 p. ; 24 cm

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AnushaU
Sep 28, 2020

By Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game is a suspense novel in which heirs to a mysterious Sam Westing’s fortune must solve a puzzle through clues. This is a book full of twists and turns that will keep you awake and reading all night long. The sixteen heirs are housed in Sunset Towers, and when a character sneaks into the large and spooky mansion only to discover a body, the game is afoot.
This novel is a personal favorite of mine as it is one of the best suspense novels I have read so far. There are several allusions to patriotic phrases and people such as “America the Beautiful” and Uncle Sam. With detailed imagery and character development, Ellen Raskin has written this book with a certain charm that will captivate you.

Star Rating: 5/5
Age Rating: 9+

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Alpha_zzz
Sep 16, 2020

This was an okay book. Not great, but okay. It had a lot of twists that you have to keep straight.

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Bibli0phile6
Jun 07, 2020

I loved this book! It has a wonderfully complex plot, which admittedly confused me the first time I read it, but as I have reread it multiple times, I find something new every time. I would definitely recommend it.

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GreenDog2006
Aug 17, 2019

Don't listen to the age recommendations that don't include adults - I'm 62 and loved it! Terrific variety of characters of all ages, clever puzzles, lots of humor, satisfying ending.

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mdnormand
Jul 18, 2019

Not my thing (pace is too slow) but can’t deny it’s a well written mystery. It’s a very grown-up style for a children’s book. What I mean is that it reads like a classic, old-school mystery and has some pretty advanced twists and tricks. If you enjoy word play and riddles or brain teasers then you will probably love this book. Would absolutely recommend it to a tween or even teen that loves this genre.

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abbyandoreo
May 04, 2019

I really enjoyed this book! My only criticism would be that sometimes it was confusing with all the characters. But all in all, I would definitely recommend this!

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kim915
Mar 03, 2019

Enjoyed it so much. Smart and warm. The ending though could have been a little more realistic. It was too happy.

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blue_dog_8171
Jan 15, 2019

first read this in second grade. it was my favorite book for the next four years. really good book. I think it is best if you read it in elementary school. I am now in high school and still love it!

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darladoodles
Aug 02, 2018

Pure genius! This book has been described by The Horn Book as "A fascinating medley of word games, disguises, multiple aliases, and subterfuges." Nailed it. What a treasure this book is for the middle grade reader who loves word puzzles and mysteries. A book you can read over and over and make new discoveries with each visit. Highly recommended!

JCLJackieS Jul 05, 2018

I didn't read The Westing Game as a kid, and I now realize how much I missed out! It had been on my "to read" list for a long time, since I read Figgs & Phantoms by the same author in about fifth grade. The characters are intriguing, and Raskin keeps readers guessing till the end, which is one of my favorite characteristics in a book. The pace is quick and the book is short, so the it can be read easily in a day, which is what I did. I recommend this to mid-grade children to adults who like mysteries.

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AnushaU
Sep 28, 2020

AnushaU thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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GreenDog2006
Aug 17, 2019

GreenDog2006 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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abbyandoreo
May 04, 2019

abbyandoreo thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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blue_dog_8171
Jan 15, 2019

blue_dog_8171 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

violet_butterfly_8881 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 12

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lbnemi
Jun 17, 2017

lbnemi thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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SRSMITH1991
Sep 13, 2015

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joycemas
Jul 08, 2014

joycemas thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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violet_cat_1889 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 18

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Avengers_Justice
Jun 02, 2015

16 unlikely heirs get called to Sunset Towers, which faces east despite the name. They are invited to live there by a mysterious man named Barney Northrup. On top of that, they get invited to the reading of a man's will named Sam Westing who none of them knew, or so they said. The will states that he was killed by one of the heirs, and that they must find who killed him. So the heirs are paired and each get a set of clues, but not everything is as it seems. Will they find the killer before the killer finds them? Read The Westing Game to find out!

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joycemas
Jul 08, 2014

A bizarre chain of events begins when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger—and a possible murderer—to inherit his vast fortune, on things for sure: Sam Westing may be dead…but that won’t stop him from playing one last game!

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mmcbeth29
Dec 25, 2014

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mmcbeth29
Dec 25, 2014

Violence: several bombings

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