The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin

The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin

Title: The Westing Game
Author: Ellen Raskin
Pages: 182
Publisher: Puffin Modern Classics
Copyright: 1978
Format: Paperback
Rating: [rating:4]

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I picked up The Westing Game after reading that Suey at It’s All About Books was reading it. Also, it won the Newbery Medal in 1979, so I read it for the Newbery Project and the Book Awards Challenge.

From the back of the book:

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-lovely millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger – and a possible murderer – to inherit his vast fortune, one thing’s for sure: Sam Westing may be dead . . . but that won’t stop him from playing on last game.

This is a fun mystery with a plethora of characters and suspicious events to make the guessing a little harder. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was impressed that, though their screen time was obviously limited, each of the characters was more than a caricature. I think, had I read this book as a child, I would have loved it even more. Definitely worthy of the Newbery and my time.

The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin [rating:4]

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