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A supersharp mystery . . . Confoundingly clever, and very funny. -- Booklist, starred review

About the Author

Ellen Raskin was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and grew up during the Great Depression. She was the author of several novels, including the Newbery Medal-winning The Westing Game, the Newbery Honor-winning Figgs & Phantoms, The Tattooed Potato and other clues, and The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel). She also wrote and illustrated many picture books and was an accomplished graphic artist. She designed dust jackets for dozens of books, including the first edition of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic A Wrinkle in Time. Ms. Raskin died at the age of fifty-six on August 8, 1984, in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Series: Puffin Modern Classics
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (April 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014240120X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142401200
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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226 of 243 people found the following review helpful By Ilana Teitelbaum on May 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
'The Westing Game' was my favorite book as a pre-teen, so when I returned to it years later, my expectations were low. Was I wrong! This book might be accessible to younger readers, but no one who loves a mystery with incredible characters should miss this for the world.
While the plot centers around a less than run-of-the-mill whodunit, the book mainly focuses on the characters: each unique, bizarre, and ultimately endearing. The author manages to make them quirky without making them caricatures. The developing relationships between the 'heirs' as they attempt to unravel the mystery, is, I think, far more important than the mystery itself; they also develop in their sense of identity. These are all themes any adult can appreciate, woven into the story with humor and sly understatement, yet in effect deeply moving.
The plot is complex and suspenseful, layered so impenetrably that at least one surprise at the end is inevitable. Yet even when wrapped in the most logical of puzzles, the author never loses the human touch. There are many scenes portrayed with hilarious, touching absurdity; and Raskin is dead-on with her take on human nature, even when her depiction seems exaggerated.
Read it for a good chuckle--but in the end it may be more than that.
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89 of 96 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin is a must read book. It won the John Newbery Medal and everyone can see how it won. It is a mystery about Sam Westing who was murdered on Halloween by one of his neices or nephews. In his will he gives out clues like when he says "May God let Gold Refine" and when he says "My soul will roam relentlessly untill that one is found! " The heirs who find the murderer will inherit his millions of dollars! The author of this book can make you twist and turn. You will almost know who the murderer is then she decides to say that person is innocent in some way. She has an excellent word choice and she is an even better author. This book was good and sometimes I read one to two hours past my bed time. This is one of the best mysteries ever. I hope you also decide to read this book! Enjoy!
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Karissa Eckert on March 4, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I got this book in a clearance bundle of books that I bought to get a different book. I was trying to decide if I should read it or swap it and after seeing it was a Newberry Medal book I decided to read it. This was a very entertaining book.

In this book a number of people are offered the chance to move into an exclusive condo building. Shortly thereafter they receive notice that they have been listed in the will of the founder of Westing Paper Company. Only it is a bizarre will and rather than being straightforward it requires the potential heirs to engage themselves in a game to find out who murdered Mr. Westing. Thus the Westing Game begins.

This was a clever little book. It is not necessarily a quick read, since the reader must pay attention to all the little details in the book. Nonetheless I found myself enjoying this book immensely. It is a very classic mystery type of book and reads a bit like I would imagine a game of Clue would (if you could read a game).

There are many twists and many interesting characters. It was fun to try to figure out how all of the characters are tied to Mr. Westing. This was the type of book that you could either read and let it give you the answers or you could exercise your brain along the way and try to guess the answers before the book gives them to you.

Well written and very clever I thought this was a very interesting and entertaining book. It makes me want to check out more of Ellen Raskin's books.
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65 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Blah on April 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
When I was a kid, this was one of my famous books. It contains more plot twists than a soap opera and is just as good as most Sherlock Holmes stories. (except of course the magnificent Hound of Baskervilles) Furthermore, the ending is shocking. No one I have met has been able to guess at the ending but unlike other mystery books once you know the answer it all makes sense and seems so obvious. So if your kids have just read Harry Potter and you are looking for something else or if you just enjoy a good mystery pick this one up.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By yarden on June 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
THE WESTING GAME is an intelligent mystery packed with a great deal of humor. The dialog is snappy (my husband said it reminds him of CATCH-22), and the characters are entertaining. The book clips along at a brisk pace, and so many things are happening that it's impossible to get bored.
Basic plot: A group of people are gathered together at the mansion of a deceased tycoon and are divided into groups, given sporadic clues, with the opportunity to win a great deal of money if they can find out who killed Sam Westing.
The book is a madcap adventure, a stunning mystery (with plenty of clues and red herrings), and a wildly entertaining comedy. One feature that I especially liked was that the author included what happened when everyone "lived happily ever after."
I would recommend this book to: any kid who wants to be entertained, any parent who wants to interest her child in reading, any person who likes quality children's literature.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Christina Rienstra on November 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
The first time I read this book I was in the fifth grade. I remember it as the first time I couldn't put a book down, and ever since then I have been a voracious reader. Ellen Raskin does something to a ten year-old's heart and mind in this book, and upon a second reading I have found that she holds those same powers over a twenty year old woman.

Through her novel The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin is able-like no other young adult author I know-to create a story that will engage and entice both young and old. She develops characters that charm us within a story that thrills us. By the end of the novel, you will learn how love can be shown in so many strange ways by so many different people. Told in the third person, the story reveals the thoughts and emotions of every one of the characters, except of course for the ever-elusive Samuel Westing. With so many different characters, this is a brilliant way for the reader to truly know each one of them.

In a short 192 pages you will meet and come to know sixteen heirs to the Westing fortune and their families, all of whom mysteriously end up living in the same apartment building, Sunset Towers. Two months after moving in, on the evening of Halloween, the body of millionaire Sam Westing is found in his mansion overlooking Lake Michigan. Sixteen of the inhabitants of Sunset Towers then receive letters requesting them to meet in the mansion for thereading of the will. And so the game begins. The heirs are paired off and then pitted against one another in a desperate attempt to find Westing's killer and win the two million dollar reward.

The book follows along most closely with a thirteen year-old girl called Turtle.
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