The Westing Game

The Westing Game

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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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IndyPL_RyanL Jun 02, 2021

One of the most ingenious and charming mysteries ever written. Perfect for all ages.

JCLJoshN Feb 22, 2021

I don't know how I missed this when I was a kid, but I would have loved it then. I love it now, though, so it all works out. It's a tricky business jumping around from one character's perspective to another's, covering every wonderful, eccentric character, while still keeping the mystery a mystery, but Raskin makes it work. The plot twists are still surprising, but the shifting perspectives got me invested in all of the characters, and in the end, the mystery is less important than the characters and how they grow and change, Absolutely wonderful!

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EpicEsh
Dec 12, 2020

The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin, is an exceptionally written whodunit murder mystery of eccentric millionaire Samuel W. Westing. The story begins when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of the very stranger will of Westing. They could become millionaires, and all they have to do is find an answer. But an answer to what? It’s gripping plot, unique characters, constant uncertainty, along with the fantastic ending make this one of the best books I have ever read. It’s so good that I, not even being an avid reader, stayed up till 1 o’clock in the night just to know what happened. I recommended reading slowly, at times it can get confusing and convoluted; thankfully though this work is only 240 pages. Overall an outstanding composition by Ellen Raskin, this Newberry Medal winner will not disappoint any and all readers.

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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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Dec 12, 2020

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Sep 28, 2020

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hermione934 Dec 11, 2020

In this book you follow a bizarre chain of events that all began when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. Though no one knew why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire chose a virtual stranger--and a possible murderer--to inherit his vast fortune, one thing’s for sure: Sam Westing may be dead, but that won’t stop him from playing one last game.

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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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Dec 25, 2014

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Dec 25, 2014

Violence: several bombings

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