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The Westing Game
     

The Westing Game

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by Ellen Raskin
 

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For twenty-five years, Ellen Raskin's Newbery Medal-winning The Westing Game has been an enduring favorite and is now being reissued with a brand-new jacket by Kevin Hawkes and an introduction by Ann Durell.

This highly inventive mystery involves sixteen people who are invited to the reading of Samuel W. Westing's will. They could become millionaires,

Overview

For twenty-five years, Ellen Raskin's Newbery Medal-winning The Westing Game has been an enduring favorite and is now being reissued with a brand-new jacket by Kevin Hawkes and an introduction by Ann Durell.

This highly inventive mystery involves sixteen people who are invited to the reading of Samuel W. Westing's will. They could become millionaires, depending on how they play the tricky and dangerous Westing game, which involves blizzards, burglaries, and bombings. Ellen Raskin has entangled a remarkable cast of characters in a puzzle-knotted, word-twisting plot filled with humor, intrigue, and suspense.

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Praise for The Westing Game
* "A supersharp mystery...confoundingly clever, and very funny." —Booklist, starred review

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380679911
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/28/1984
Pages:
192
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for The Westing Game

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

"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

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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The Westing Game 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 936 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!
Derek Sims More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Westing Game is so good!I lovede this book so much but i want Ellen Raskin to make a second!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
nodnal11 More than 1 year ago
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
Angie Russon More than 1 year ago
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
Emily Lenard More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
wanda17 More than 1 year ago
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 :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book ever!!! The people that wrote bad reviews don't understand good reading.
Kara Kennedy More than 1 year ago
This is a must read!! I loved it!!! Very exciting and you never know what will happen next !:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read it in 5th grade it was realy good. I liked turtle the best out of the characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im in 7th grade and read it. It was good but since we hav worked on this book so much in skool my teacher made it boring. I wud recommend it for anyone any age
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book report. I didnt really care about at first but then i realized it was due the next day lol. I got caught up in it and read 3/4 of the book in one day!!! HIGHLY RECOMENDED
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favourite books I've read. This is a good pick if you're one to piece clues together as the story goes on. The characters are unique, and the book paced so well that just as you pick a side with a character, a new plot twist is used and you'll likely end up changing your mind. I'd recommend this to you 'not-so-friendly competition' fans, and those in their early teens and beyond, as the endless clues may be confusing to younger readers. Cheers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Westing Game.I read a book called, The Westing Game,by Ellan Raskin, it is a great book but I have to warn you it will be confusing and scary.So make shure you get enough rest because if you read this at night you mihgt not be able to go back to sleep.this book is defiently a page turner.But beleve me, do not think you know who is behind Sam Westings death.Do not think you know who the murderer is because I bet you any thing your wrong.All the characters seam inasent but dont fall for it.So if you want to find out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So interesting i am on chapter13 haven't found the killer yet? Or is there one?
Patrick Webb More than 1 year ago
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.
Basketballplayer_11 More than 1 year ago
Sixteen individuals who are mysteriously chosen to live in the Sunset Towers apartment building on the shore of Lake Michigan come together to hear the will of the self-made millionaire, Sam Westing. The will takes the form of a puzzle, dividing the sixteen heirs into eight pairs, giving each pair a different set of clues, and challenging them to solve the mystery of who killed Sam Westing. As an incentive, each heir is given $10,000 to play the game. Whoever solves the mystery will inherit Sam Westing's 200 million dollar fortune, along with his place in society. an odd delivery boy rides around on his bicycle and slips invitations under the doors of the chosen tenants-to-be. Each potential tenant is shown only one apartment and is told that it is the last available apartment. It was a mystery that I enjoyed a lot. The movie was not as good as the book. I would recommend this book to my friends because it is a cool mystery novel that everyone will like
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is about a story of 16 people who all join up to answer their clues given by there dear Uncle, Sam Westing, who was said to be murdered, by one of the heirs themslef. This Book has high litature and is full of tricks, mystrious, puzzles, and so forth. This book will leave you wondering what will come next. I recomend this book to readers who are looking for mysterys, humor, and to have a little tear streaming down your face. The real question is, is Sam Westing dead, or is he watching his heirs, leading him right ot his trap!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This scary murder mystery will keep you on the edge of your seat. Sunset towers, a Michigan apartment building, is the setting for this mystery. Relatives gather for a reading of a will and instead get game instructions. The relatives are paired up and then receive clues. The relatives have to think hard to find out who the murderer is. I liked this book because it was scary. Whenever the heirs were in a room, I worried the murderer was in the same room. I found some parts confusing because the writer left some ideas hanging. I recommend this book for grades 4th and up, because I am in 3rd grade and did not understand parts of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in 6th grade and I am just finishing up the last chapter in class. I WAS SCREAMING because it was SOOO GOOD. I love the endimg and everytjing about it.It is AWESOME!!!