The Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics)

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"A supersharp mystery...confoundingly clever, and very funny." —Booklist, starred review

A bizarre chain of events begins when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger—and a possible murderer—to inherit his vast...

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Overview

"A supersharp mystery...confoundingly clever, and very funny." —Booklist, starred review

A bizarre chain of events begins when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger—and a possible murderer—to inherit his vast fortune, on things for sure: Sam Westing may be dead…but that won’t stop him from playing one last game!

Winner of the Newbery Medal
Winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award
An ALA Notable Book
  "Great fun for those who enjoy illusion, word play, or sleight of hand." The New York Times Book Review

"A fascinating medley of word games, disguises, multiple aliases, and subterfuges—a demanding but rewarding book." The Horn Book

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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A supersharp mystery. . . . Confoundingly clever, and very funny. (Booklist, starred review)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142401200
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 4/12/2004
  • Series: Puffin Modern Classics Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 378
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2000

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    THIS IS THE BEST BOOK. I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN, AND TURTLE IS THE BEST CHARICTER EVER CREATED. I I FIRST READ THE BOOK WHEN I WAS IN THE 6TH GRADE, I HAVE READ THE BOOK 6 TIMES AND IT IS MY FAVE, IF YOU HAVE ANY SENSE ATALL YOU WOULD IMMEDIATLY GO OUT AND GET THIS BOOK!!!!!!

    48 out of 59 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2008

    Make a sequel!!!

    The Westing Game is so good!I lovede this book so much but i want Ellen Raskin to make a second!!

    32 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    Terrific Book

    I tried reading this story with my fifth grade teacher, but couldn't find time to truely get into the story. Then, a year and a half later, I purchased the Westing Game and fell in love with it! Each character, especially Turtle, has a personality and background all their own, and Sam Westing plays his game exactly as I would have. This hands-down the best book I've read!

    24 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    CAPTIVATING!!!

    As soon as I started The Westing Game, I lay in my bed reading it for two and a half hours straight because it was THAT good. The plot is irresistible, the characters are charming and intriguing, and the writing is excellent. READ THIS BOOK!!! It is definitely worth reading many times over, and it will always be one of my favorite books.

    19 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2009

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    The Wowing Westing Game!

    As a named beneficiary in the estate of Samuel W. Westing, your attendance tomorrow is required in the South library of the Westing mansion at 4p.m. for the reading of the will. This is the letter that changed the lives of 16 Westing heirs. The The Westing Game is a must read Newberry awarded mystery book by Ellen Raskin.
    I loved the clues given, while reading The Westing Game. The clues didn't give anything away, but were helpful when solving the mystery on your own. In every chapter you find more hidden clues, within the story. When you solve the mystery it is like playing the game with the characters in the book, which is really fun. When reading to solve the mystery you get so involved with your book, so it helps having great clues.
    I love how Ellen Raskin worked to create such different characters. No one should want to read a book where the characters all have the same personality. An example of some characters would be Turtle a young girl who is usually pretty tough, and is known for kicking people who mess with her. She is not what you might expect for a thirteen year old girl. Another example would be Otis Amber. He is a 68 year old delivery man, with a personality you may not expect for his age. I think the differences in The Westing Game characters make the story all the better.
    The Westing Game was an amazing book. I liked the clues given in the story, and how Ellen Raskin worked to make such different characters. You should read this book because it is a fun mystery for both adults and kids to enjoy.

    Benny13

    18 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

    love it, but you have to be able to understand it

    this book is awesome if you want a book that is impossible to put down, but it can get kinda confusing in the middle, just keep reading, trust me, it will turn out in the end. I suggest that children ages 9 and up can read it, mainly because it does involve murder (it is described in a way that would make a younger child have nightmares) and a little bit of "lovey dovey" stuff (nothing major, just kissing a couple of times if i remember right) but other than that this book is an amazing thriller that is just confusing enough so that it keeps you on the edge of your seat, nodnaL backwards

    16 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

    awesome

    im reading it in class cant wait to finish!!!!!! i would say for kids of age 8-13 maybe 7 if their a good reader but the carrecters are hard to keep straight

    11 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

    Awesome Book!

    I'm reading this book for school and it is awesome! My teacher and the kids in class call me Turtle.... I have this really long braid and I'm kinda aggressive about it. So I kick other people's shin everytime someone pulls it. In this book, I kinda have a life like Turtle... She's my favorite character!!

    8 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    It is an awesome book

    This book is so good i read it in my class and there is so much mystery and details but don't pull turtle wexlers pigtails because she'll kick you in the shins for that.

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2010

    "The sun sets in the west..."

    First lines are important. If successfully written, they can convince the reader to read a book. The Westing Game begins, and continues, in intriguing fashion. The entire first page describes several oddities that will leave the reader wondering how it could be. Why does Sunset Towers face East? Why does it not have towers? What was uncommon about the delivery boy? He's 62!? And, most importantly, who is Barney Northrup? All of these quandries will be answered later on in the book, and a discerning reader has the chance to do some detecting along with the characters of the book, most of whom are trying to discover who killed their rich uncle. But is he really their uncle? And was he really murdered? Read the book to find out.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2010

    THE WESTING GAME: ROTTEN!

    Rating: 26%

    The Westing Game has a plot that can take it places, yet it is far too slow and, at times, even boring to be appreciated by the reader.

    7 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

    Awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It is aaawwwsssooommmeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

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    Awesome book !!!!!

    I bought this book on my nook and finished it in a couple of hours !!!! it was so great it just kept me reading , i just love how Ellen Raskin adds in all those twists and turns! Its like every time a secret is revealed about the heirs i was like WHAT ?!?!?!?! its i great book :)

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2011

    Fantastic!!!

    This is a must read!! I loved it!!! Very exciting and you never know what will happen next !:)

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2008

    The BEST!!!!

    This book is sooo good! It is one of my favorites because there is a bit of everything like humor, murder, love, sadness, and a lot of mystery. I recommend this book to people who like murder mysteries. The book asks one big question: Who killed Samuel W Westing? Sam Westing had asked his lawyer to read Sam Westing's will to 16 heirs in his house. Whoever can solve the murder mystery gets 2 hundred million dollars! This book is filled with mysteries. You try to figure out who the murderer is and see if you're right. Some people are not what they seem. If you like Nancy Drew or other mystery books than this is the book for you!!!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    AWESOMENESS

    This book is pure AWESOMENESS. It is a really wacky book, so it takes a somewhat wacky person to read it. I got this book yesterday and finished it today. Also my teacher said that the more times you reread it, the more things you'll understand, and piece together more clues you didn't notice the first time. So worth the 6 bucks. And to conclude, it might seem difficult to understand, but take your time to read it, don't rush to the end. If you take your time you might see something you could miss very easily. (Helpful hints; write down notes and things you're thinking, IT WILL HELP, and write down the page numbers of all the clues, my friend did that and she said it helped A LOT.) HAPPY READING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2011

    Loved it!

    I read this book for school and i immediately fell in love. This book was peefect for me, loving murder mystery. And i just suggested it to my twin.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Awesome

    We had to read a book in class that won the newbery award, i picked the westing game thinking it would suck but it turned out to be the best book i have read

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

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    Awesome

    this book is amazing. enjoyed it a lot and would recommend to everyone.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    u have to read this

    both my sisters read it and they loved it so i am going to get it ahhhhhhh ahhhhhh ahhhhhhhhh

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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