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The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The Westing Game (original 1978; edition 1997)

by Ellen Raskin

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

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The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (1978)

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The Westing Game is a wonder full book about a possible murderer. 16 people are main charters and all of them are main suspects. Mister Westings strange will makes the story pop. Who is the murderer? Who knows. I loved this book because it has suspense it is funny and it is cleverly written. I think every charter is always active and it is fun to read. ( )
  AlexH09 | May 22, 2016 |
Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin is a story about eight people who get invited to move into the Sunset Towers by Sam Westing. The eight players create a game with clues and a prize. The players have to solve the mystery of who killed Sam Westing. Turtle is the main character who keeps big secrets from people and he....
Sydelle Polaski is the murderer. She killed him because she wanted all the money to herself.

I liked this book because I love to find out how Sydelle killed Sam Westing and the game to find out the mysteries. I like not knowing what's going to happen. The suspense is great. It is so cool because the author describes what's happening with strong words and I feel like I'm in the game.
  IsabellaL11 | May 22, 2016 |
The Westing Game is a fun novel about sixteen heirs who are brought together to solve the mystery of how Sam Westing died. One of the heirs is the murderer, and whoever solves the mystery will inherit $200 million dollars! The book is like a puzzle with lots of clues and very interesting characters. I liked this book because it was suspenseful and there was a lot of action. I would recommend this book who wants to read a clever mystery with hilarious characters. ( )
  AnnabelN8 | May 16, 2016 |
An amazing read for all ages! Filled with mystery and suspense, this book is great to read and reread over and over again. Highly recommended to one and all. If you loved this book as much as I did, you will probably also enjoy 'And Then There Were None' by Agatha Christie and 'The View from the Cherry Tree' by William Roberts. ( )
  TateEden | May 8, 2016 |
The Westing Game is a book about a game that Samuel Westing created. 16 heirs, one mission, to win. One of the heirs has an addiction to bombs, one loves to design, one is from a different country and doesn't know English and steals stuff, one is the former wife of Sam Westing, and two own restaurants in the Sunset Towers, where all of Sam Westing's heirs live. Turtle creeps into the Westing House at night and sees the body of Sam Westing! Later in the book, Turtle describes the body to Judge J. J. Ford, telling her that the body almost seemed like a wax dummy. I loved the book because the suspense was so high! I like it also because they kept the secret so well hidden. ( )
  Aliceshah | Apr 30, 2016 |
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Durell, AnnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The sun sets in the west (just about everyone knows that), but Sunset Towers faced east. Strange!
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?


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!

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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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