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The Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics) Paperback – April 12, 2004
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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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This was a selection for our 10 year old's book club. It was a difficult read-sophisticated language, complicated plot structure, etc. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Ali
I'd never read Ellen Raskin before, and cannot believe I've missed out for so long. This is a clever, well written mystery. Loved it!Published 14 days ago by Joy V.
Honestly, it was funny and smart and a fun read. The plot kept me guessing and even when I thought I knew everything I didn't. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Erika Edwards
This book was required reading for my 12 yr old so I thought I'd read it, too. Fantastic! It would make an excellent mystery movie.Published 22 days ago by Jackie Farmer
It made for a great 5th grade class reading project. The students loved it.Published 1 month ago by Lois Corbett
Ok I'm just a little kid but this book is just amazing! I can't even express my feelings about it! It has all of the ingredients a book needs. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Allyson A. Dressel
The Westing Game is a good book for mystery novel enthusiasts. It has a good plot with interesting "turns in the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer