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The Westing Game (original 1978; edition 1997)

by Ellen Raskin

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Member:megaden
Title:The Westing Game
Authors:Ellen Raskin
Info:Puffin (1997), Edition: REP REI, Paperback, 192 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:Mystery

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The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (1978)

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Clever and fun little mystery about 16 heirs coming together to play a rich man's game. Memorable, if not deep, characters and a very satisfying end. Good short read. ( )
  trile1000 | Aug 29, 2016 |
I read this as a kid and rereading now as an adult, I am amazed at how sophisticated the writing and structure is. I wonder now what I really got out of it as a child reader! As the editor notes in the introduction, Ellen Raskin wrote for the adult in children. I had to read it twice to catch all the clues, nuances and red herrings. It all ties up neatly in the satisfying conclusion. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Aug 7, 2016 |
One of my favorite books of all time. ( )
  smilez4u1390 | Jun 30, 2016 |
Uuuugh! ( )
  Michelle_Wendt | Jun 15, 2016 |
The Westing Game – Ellen Raskin

3 stars
Westing Game is a mildly amusing mystery story involving a large cast of characters who live and work in the same apartment complex. The requirements of a mysterious will bring them together as unlikely pairs who compete to solve a puzzle that is tied to a vast inheritance. A Newberry award winner, the book was published in 1978. The underlying themes concerning racial and gender stereotypes may still offer some opportunities for discussion, but tend to make the story feel out-of-date. This is a book that might have been unique when it was first published, but it hasn’t aged well.

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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
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Durell, AnnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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for Jenny who asked for a puzzle-mystery and Susan K.
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The sun sets in the west (just about everyone knows that), but Sunset Towers faced east. Strange!
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Clues, they had to work on those clues. Behind closed doors. Whisper, someone may be listening.
Remember: It is not what you have, it's what you don't have that counts.
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Sixteen people were invited to the reading of the very strange will of the very rich Samuel W. Westing. They could become millionaires, depending on how they played the game.

The not-quite-perfect heirs were paired, and each pair was given $ 10,000 and a set of clues (no two sets of clues were alike). All they had to do was find the answer, but the answer to what?

The Westing game was tricky and dangerous, but the heirs played on, through blizzards and burglaries and bombs bursting in air. And one of them won!

With her own special blend of intricacy, humor, and upside-down perceptions, Ellen Raskin has entangled a remarkable cast of characters in a puzzle-knotted, word-twisting plot. She then deftly unravels it again in a surprising (but fair) and highly satisfying ending.

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Would you play a game

against a dead man for a

large inheritance?

(legallypuzzled)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 014240120X, Paperback)

When an eccentric millionaire dies mysteriously, sixteen very unlikely people are gathered together for the reading of the will...and what a will it is!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:50 -0400)

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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.

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