Westing Game: Anniversary Edition

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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, depending on how they play the tricky and dangerous Westing game, which involves blizzards, burglaries, and bombings. Ellen ...

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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.

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

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525471370
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 10/13/2003
  • Edition description: Anniversary
  • Edition number: 25
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 109,808
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.90 (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 April 24, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    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

    20 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2010

    Excellent!

    I just started reading the Westing Game, and so far it's FANTASTIC!! I love this book so much from what I've read. My favorite character is Turtle. She is hilarious. So, if you like mystery books that are funny at the same time, this is the book for you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2009

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    LOVE IT MY FAVORITE

    This book is well written, exciting, funny, mysteriious and one of my favorites. i will recomment this book to anyone because i know they will love it as much as i did.Turtle is my favorit character of all time we have so much in commont.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    Loved it!

    I read this book when I was in fifth grade, and I didn't really pay much thought to it other than thinking, "It was a good book, I guess". But 3 years later (I'm now an eighth grader), I saw it at barnes and noble and figured why not buy it? I am so, so, so glad I did. The Westing Game is a really quick read, which is good because you don't want to put it down. But also, it's one of those books that doesn't become fantastic until you read it a second time. Then, you realize how clever it really is. You laugh at yourself for not noticing the now-obvious clues, and you get to know the characters a lot better. I absolutely loved it, and highly recommend it to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2009

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    Mysterious, Marvelous, and Magical

    Imagine being invited to live somewhere by a mysterious delivery boy, having no idea you were in for the most thrilling game of you life. The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin, is an action- packed book. With one exciting event after another, The Westing Game keeps you on the edge of your seat. Raskin uses her writing style of intricately weaving details to the highest level, really making you believe you are playing the Westing Game. Read this attention-grabbing, Newberry Award Winning book and find out about the 16 recipients who are brought to the old Westing estate, paired, and given a set of strange clues. The story magnifies as true identities are revealed, and the clues are put together like puzzle pieces.but the clock is ticking!
    In The Westing Game, I loved how all of the characters were so different from each other. Although they are all heirs of Sam Westing, they have different personalities, ideas, opinions, styles, views, and even nationalities. The heirs are brought from their own homes to be paired when they don't even know each other! Some of the strangest beneficiaries are Madame Hoo, who is from China, and only speaks Chinese, and Sydelle Pulaski, who wasn't even meant to be in the Westing Game! It's great to have so many different characters in one book because it makes the volume so entertaining to read.
    I enjoyed The Westing Game's mystery. Throughout the whole book, the riddle of Sam Westing intensifies. Four bombs are set off in Sunset Towers. As clues are figured out, every pair of heirs wants to know more and more about what they don't have- some even resort to stealing! Other peculiar happenings include false identities and one heir spying on another. Even though discovering so many interesting details may be confusing, the whole puzzle added immensely to the format of The Westing Game.
    Overall, The Westing Game is elaborately detailed, has a great plot, and is definitely a MUST read. This book was mysterious and suspenseful at the same time- fitting in the odd characters as well. In my opinion, The Westing Game should be given Two- Thumbs-Up. This is an impossible book to pass up.

    Cellia50

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  • Posted February 1, 2009

    Westing Game Is the Greatest Mystery Novel!!!

    The book Westing Game by Ellen Raskin was great! The book was funny and suspenseful. It is one of the best mystery novels I have ever read. Even if you don't like mysteries you will like Westing Game. The book is about a famous man named Sam Westing, who died and the sixteen heirs to his fortunate have to find out who murdered him. The book can get confusing with all the heirs but if you write their names down it makes it a little easier to remember who's who. All in all, the book was very fascinating and definitely a great book to read.

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  • Posted January 20, 2009

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    A Decent Book

    The Westing Game was good but it wasted too much time with the characters. The book is set in numerous locations, but it mostly took place in Sunset Tower, a large hotel. The book ties into Sam Westing a former Multi-millionare. The book is filled with tons of deadly action and suspense. The incredble description will keep you coming back for more. But on the downside there are too many characters and the only way to keep track of them is to write them down and add a little description. All in all it was a good book and I would recommend it for literary circles and independent reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2008

    MY FAVORITE BOOK!!

    This is a very suspencful and mystery-filled book. I would call it un-put-downable! It's about 16 heirs invited to 'Samuel Westing''s reading of his will,where they all join the adventures of The Westing Game!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

    Wow.....

    This ecentric novel kept me on the edge of my seat and I complained to my teacher that I had to stop every day. =0 The characters in the book aren't who they say they are.There are many accusations of a murderer in in the mind boggling mystery. I give Ellen Raskin and A+++++++++++ for the books extreme abilty to trap you into it's transparant cage. I recommend this book for every body that can even read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

    Watch Out!

    The Westing Game is such a great mystery. It's one of the hardest mysteries I've ever read!I really had to think to figure things out and I was so shocked at a lot of points in the book. The Westing Game has very clever people and if you like mysteries I definitely recommend The Westing Game.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

    The Westing Game

    I love this book, it is a mind bottling story with plenty of twists and turns. Who will be the heir of Samual W. Westing's millions? This is the trickest and the most unpredictible book I have ever read. In the begining it was slow and boring. Once you reach the climax it is all fun and games from then on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

    Want to play a game?

    The Westing Game, a funny spectacular mystery, is well thought out and exciting. This difficult adventure starts when the dead body of Sam Westing, the million air, is found. When sixteen heirs come to the reading of the will where they begin a game. The winner of the game will win the inheritance, but this game is not normal. Just remember every one is not who they say they are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

    OH-MY

    The Westing Game, a weird and mind turning mystery, is a truly awesome book.If you love mysteries you would love this book. It always kept me waiting for something to occur. You will always want to read ahead like I did. When Sam W. Westing passes away,he invites his 16 heirs ,to the reading of the will. The game starts when all the heirs are paired with another heir and then collect all their clues. Lets play, The Westing Game!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2008

    Great book

    This was a great book. I read it in 2 hours. There was a great plot. I loved the ending, especially, but I'm wondering if Angela actually married Dr.Deere. I'm also wondering if the main character was Turtle or if there was none, and also if the last pages with Turtle by Sandy's deathbed was after 5 yrs later, because if Mr.Hoo died, it would have to have been. This book was a real page- turner!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2008

    hard to read!

    It is a fun book about a man who gets murdered, and the heirs have to find out who was the murderer by playing a game called the Westing Game. I did not like it that much, because to me there were too many things happening at one time. I only recommend it if you like puzzles and mystery books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2007

    Great

    It was a great mystery book. I love the story. I didnt know what was going to happen. It really surpirsied me in the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2006

    Who Dares to Play the Westing Game

    This was a great book! I read it once with school in fourth grade and we used charts to keep track of all the clues. (Believe me, this helps!) I loved it. I reread it a few years ago, and loved it then, too. I just read it again, and loved it! My sister, who is a couple years older than me read it and enjoyed it as well. This book is a great read for all ages and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a unique, twisted mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2004

    Great Book!

    A very good book.Highly recomended. This book is filled with suprises and suspence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2004

    What a Mystery

    It's a great book. At school we used our own clue book and tried to figure out the murderer along with the charactors. It is so intresting!! You should read it too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2003

    ka-ching!

    this book was perfectly perfect and was also the best book ive ever read. it has so many turns and twists and i love mysterys.its a wicked book.

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