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Ellen Raskin (1928–1984)

Author of The Westing Game

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About the Author

Ellen Ermingard Raskin (March 13, 1928 - August 8, 1984) was an American writer, illustrator and fashion designer. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was educated at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Primarily a children's author, she received the 1979 Newbery Medal for her 1978 book show more The Westing Game and a 1975 Newbery Honor for her 1974 book Figgs & Phantoms. She was also an accomplished graphic artist. Raskin died at the age of 56 on August 8, 1984 in New York City. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Ellen Raskin

Associated Works

A Wrinkle in Time (1962) — Cover artist, some editions — 40,041 copies, 962 reviews
Lysistrata (0411) — Illustrator, some editions — 2,936 copies, 41 reviews
A Child's Christmas in Wales (1954) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,910 copies, 49 reviews
Goblin Market (1862) — Illustrator, some editions — 751 copies, 14 reviews
Songs of Innocence (1789) — Illustrator, some editions — 606 copies, 8 reviews
The Collected Stories (1983) — Illustrator, some editions — 495 copies, 5 reviews
The Anti-Death League (1966) — Cover designer, some editions — 362 copies, 7 reviews
Flesh (1968) — Cover artist, some editions — 344 copies, 5 reviews
Worship (1936) — Cover designer, some editions — 335 copies, 2 reviews
The Barbarian West, 400-1000 (1952) — Cover designer, some editions — 329 copies
4 Comedies: Lysistrata / Frogs / Birds / Women at the Thesmophoria (1954) — Cover designer, some editions — 238 copies, 2 reviews
Piping Down the Valleys Wild (1968) — Illustrator, some editions — 228 copies, 3 reviews
Comedy: "An Essay on Comedy" by George Meredith. "Laughter" by Henri Bergson (1956) — Cover designer, some editions — 184 copies
Caste and Class in a Southern Town (1937) — Cover artist, some editions — 132 copies, 2 reviews
Careful, He Might Hear You (1963) — Cover designer, some editions — 125 copies, 4 reviews
The Australian Aborigines (1938) — Cover designer, some editions — 88 copies, 1 review
Ellen Grae (1967) — Illustrator — 34 copies, 1 review
We Alcotts (1968) — Illustrator — 34 copies
Inatuk's Friend (1968) — Illustrator, some editions — 30 copies, 3 reviews
Prince Ishmael (1963) — Cover artist, some editions — 23 copies, 1 review
D. H. Lawrence: Poems Selected for Young People (1967) — Illustrator — 14 copies, 1 review
Music history and theory (1965) — Cover designer — 13 copies
Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (1965) — Illustrator — 6 copies
Poems Of Robert Herrick (1967) — Illustrator — 3 copies

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I don't know how I missed out on reading The Westing Game a kid. Maybe it just wasn't available at my library which didn't have a lot of contemporary (at the time) books. Reading it as an adult, I didn't even feel like it was a watered-down or dumbed-down version of a mystery for younger readers. Very clever. However, it was published in the 1970s, so there are some outdated phrases or views regarding race and disabilities, such as describing an Asian as "inscrutable" or Mongoloid instead of Downs Syndrome. In spite of this, an enjoyable read and Turtle is definitely a memorable character.… (more)
 
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ValerieAndBooks | 338 other reviews | Mar 13, 2024 |
I barely remember reading this when I was a kid, but my 11 year old just finished it for school and raves about it, so, 5 stars!
 
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lelandleslie | 338 other reviews | Feb 24, 2024 |
"The Westing Game" is like a 1970s middle-grade novel version of "Knives Out" with a splash of "Mr. Limoncello's Library" - and is so charmingly clever! There is so much that builds a great atmosphere here: the sprawling cast of quirky characters; the Halloween-into-winter setting; the word puzzles and clues that (while tricky) are still solvable by the reader; good old fashioned red herrings; and just this great vein of whimsy that runs through the story. It's goofy at times, but never panders to the audience. It's piled with characters, clues, and facts, but never unnecessarily cluttered. Every word counts and feels important here. If I had read this as a kid my Agatha Christie-loving self would have made it a personality trait.
I think really the only weakness is simply the books datedness, specifically in terms of how Raskin writes about disability. One character has a physical disability that is discussed in fairly ableist terms. Another character works to "cure" the disabled character, and a line near the end mentions future family members hesitating to have their own kids in case the disability is passed on.
Despite that, I think the book has a lot to enjoy, especially if you're someone who likes puzzle-y books with plenty of layers and characters. This is the perfect time of year to read "The Westing Game" and try and solve the mystery!
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