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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
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The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (1978)

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I think I need to re-read this. I went into this with very high expectations, but there were one or two times where I didn't follow what the characters were thinking. I went back and re-read then, but... hmm. ( )
  adamwolf | Nov 24, 2015 |
16 heirs have to find the murderer of Samuel Westing. Can they do it or will they lose the inheritance or worse die themselves?

I loved this. It is well written and engaging. The mystery is good. I never saw the solution coming. I needed the explanation at the end, This is a book that needs more than one read to get all the intricacies of the mystery. ( )
  Sheila1957 | Sep 29, 2015 |
this was a good one! ( )
  klburnside | Aug 11, 2015 |
Glad to have read it. A fine middle school mystery. I must say it is NOT the best read aloud. Try reading the names "Grace Windsor Wexler" aloud 50 times in 10 minutes, and you'll understand why. My son and I enjoyed, however, the constant need to hunt backwards in the book to put the pieces together, and I think it was a good learning experience for him to see how one reads a mystery.

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  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
In the rating game, I moved between 1 and 3 stars, settling on 3 before it could fall back to 2 where it was headed. I almost abandoned it twice.

Before the Internet, I'd never known anyone not related to me with the same last name as mine but now I've discovered it's not so rare. Because of writers in my family, I've seen parts of my life and those of my family fictionalized to various degrees but this book was the first time I've run across a character who shared my last name. That may have been the narcissistic push that got us to 3 stars.

I enjoy a good mystery and a good puzzle. I enjoy a good game. I prefer books with actual humans as characters, though, rather than the chess pieces being moved around in this one. I say this as someone who enjoys playing chess. Also, I guessed some of the puzzles too early. I did appreciate some of the others. I could say more but they'd just be spoilers and, if you're going to read this, the fewer spoilers the better. ( )
  Gimley_Farb | Jul 6, 2015 |
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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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