The Westing Game (puffin Modern Classics)

Paperback | April 12, 2004

byEllen Raskin

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A Newbery Medal Winner

"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

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A Newbery Medal Winner"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 ...

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 i...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.06 × 5.06 × 0.5 inPublished:April 12, 2004Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014240120X

ISBN - 13:9780142401200

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Westing Game The plot of this book was beautiful, I really loved it. I always thought that Judge J. J. Ford would win, but it turns out that I was wrong!
Date published: 2015-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprised me When I started this book, the story seemed slow and disjointed. Compared to other books by Raskin that I have read, I did not enjoy the beginning. But I am very lucky I did not give up; part way through, the story grabbed my attention and became very addictive. By the end it was towards the top of the list of the 125 books I have read in the first half of this year. The story begins with a number of people being offered a chance to move into an exclusive condo. Some are also offered offices or business space in the building. Shortly after moving in, the tenants are informed that they are in the will of the reclusive millionaire and founder of the Westing Paper Empire, and that they are all descendants or heirs to the money. But as the will is read they are joined into teams and must work together to solve puzzles and more clues are doled out and small stipends are given to play the game. This story is full of quirky twists and little details. As you read further into the book you might find yourself going back and rereading some sections to put together the clues yourself. The greatest strength of the book is the characters; they are so quirky and different but have all been drawn together for this game. The book does start slowly but once it picks up, it really races on. It is very well written, exciting and fun.
Date published: 2013-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sherlock would be Prouud A short but riveting novel. The wording is perfect...and although I love sherlock. This book beats the series by far. Hard to believe I know, but it is. Page flipping, try to figure it out but will still be completly surprised at the end..kind of book.
Date published: 2007-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Mystery Book! I read this book eight years ago and it's still tops amongst my favourite books (all books not just kids books), it's enthralling and perfect for any young reader who likes a little mystery, especially if they are constantly trying to figure out the ending because they never will. (My favourite character was Theo, I was a little said they cut him out of the movie). With the amazing quality of writing this book is a perfect present for an avid young reader.
Date published: 2007-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This book was amazing!!!!
Date published: 2006-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mystery The best mystery i've ever read. I read it over and over can't read it enough
Date published: 2005-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Westing I thought this book was amazing! It is a bit confusing at the begining because there are so many characters but once you get into it it is really great! Mystery is my type of book and I especially loved The Westing Game because of the mystery! I was a bit disappointed with the ending but the read was still worth it!
Date published: 2005-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Westin Game This was the best book I have ever read! I reccomend it to all people of all ages! It was the most fantastic book I have ever read!
Date published: 2004-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Westing Game THIS IS AN AWESOME BOOK!! I'M READING IT FOR THE 2nd TIME!!
Date published: 2002-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Westing Game The westing game is brilliant both as a mystery, and a thriller. If I were to recommend a mystery book, this would be it.I think The Westing Game is a perfect example of what a true suspence packed mystery should be.
Date published: 2001-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Westing Game The westing game is a book filled with suprises and mystery. Sam Westing dies and leaves a will and 16 heirs. They receive 10,000 and 5 clues. Each team of 2 has a different idea of what the clues mean. Watch these 16 be bomed as they move into Sunset Towers- The bookie, the bomber, a murderer and a mistake. Can you find the mystery of Sam Westing? This book is one of the greatest ive read. I couldn't put it down. I guessed the murderer and I was totally wrong. This is a mystery with a twist. A 4-way twist
Date published: 2000-12-02

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Table of ContentsTitle PageCopyright PageDedicationIntroduction Chapter 1 - SUNSET TOWERSChapter 2 - GHOSTS OR WORSEChapter 3 - TENANTS IN AND OUTChapter 4 - THE CORPSE FOUNDChapter 5 - SIXTEEN HEIRSChapter 6 - THE WESTING WILLChapter 7 - THE WESTING GAMEChapter 8 - THE PAIRED HEIRSChapter 9 - LOST AND FOUNDChapter 10 - THE LONG PARTYChapter 11 - THE MEETINGChapter 12 - THE FIRST BOMBChapter 13 - THE SECOND BOMBChapter 14 - PAIRS REPAIREDChapter 15 - FACT AND GOSSIPChapter 16 - THE THIRD BOMBChapter 17 - SOME SOLUTIONSChapter 18 - THE TRACKERSChapter 19 - ODD RELATIVESChapter 20 - CONFESSIONSChapter 21 - THE FOURTH BOMBChapter 22 - LOSERS, WINNERChapter 23 - STRANGE ANSWERSChapter 24 - WRONG ALL WRONGChapter 25 - WESTING’S WAKEChapter 26 - TURTLE’S TRIALChapter 27 - A HAPPY FOURTHChapter 28 - AND THEN . . .Chapter 29 - FIVE YEARS PASSChapter 30 - THE END?Sunset TowersThe sun sets in the west (just about everyone knows that), but Sunset Towers faced east. Strange!Sunset Towers faced east and had no towers. This glittery, glassy apartment house stood alone on the Lake Michigan shore five stories high. Five empty stories high.Then one day (it happened to be the Fourth of July), a most uncommon-looking delivery boy rode around town slipping letters under the doors of the chosen tenants-to-be. The letters were signed Barney Northrup.The delivery boy was sixty-two years old, and there was no such person as Barney Northrup. . . .    “In [The Westing Game] the author shows once more that no one can beat her at intrigue, at concocting marvelous absurdities.”—Publishers WeeklyOTHER TITLES AVAILABLE IN PREMIUM EDITIONS:SPEAK Published by the Penguin Group Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 345 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, U.S.A. Penguin Group (Canada), 90 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4P 2Y3 (a division of Pearson Penguin Canada Inc.) Penguin Books Ltd, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England Penguin Ireland, 25 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland (a division of Penguin Books Ltd) Penguin Group (Australia), 250 Camberwell Road, Camberwell, Victoria 3124, Australia (a division of Pearson Australia Group Pty Ltd) Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd, 11 Community Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi - 110 017, India Penguin Group (NZ), 67 Apollo Drive, Rosedale, North Shore 0632, New Zealand (a division of Pearson New Zealand Ltd) Penguin Books (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd, 24 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa Registered Offices: Penguin Books Ltd, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England First published in the United States of America by E. P. Dutton, a division of Penguin Books USA, Inc., 1978 Published by Puffin Books, 1992 Reissued, 1997 This edition published by Speak, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2008 Copyright © Ellen Raskin, 1978ISBN: 9781101157459■ FOR JENNY who asked for a puzzle-mystery ■ AND SUSAN K.INTRODUCTIONUntil 1970, Ellen Raskin was considered an illustrator, not an author, although she had written the texts of her notable picture books, such as Nothing Ever Happens on My Block; And It Rained; and Spectacles. And until 1969, I didn’t really know her, although when I was the children’s-book editor at Holt, Rinehart and Winston, she had illustrated Books: A Book to Begin On, by Susan Bartlett, and Come Along!, by Rebecca Caudill—as well as doing for us some of the one thousand book jackets of which she was so proud.Our friendship really began in the smoking car (like the title character of Moe Q. McGlutch, Ellen smoked too much) of a Pennsylvania Railroad train en route from New York to Philadelphia, where we were both speaking on a panel. I stopped to say hello, and she said, “I’m sitting here alone because I’m so nervous. I hate speaking.” “I hate it, too,” I said, “and I’ve given up smoking.” In the depressed gloom that followed this exchange, the beginning of a bond was formed.That same year I moved from Holt to E. P. Dutton. Their office was located at Union Square and Seventeenth Street, only a short walk from Ellen’s apartment on Eighth Street, and we got together more often. One day, Ellen confided that she had always wanted to adapt Goblin Market, by Christina Rossetti, as a picture-book text. I thought of the lavishly rich visual details of the poem, and I longed to see how she would illustrate it. ”Would you do the book for me?” I asked. “Yes,” she answered. “Jean [Jean Karl, her editor at Atheneum] doesn’t want it.” Ellen was always candid. So she did do it—her first book for Dutton. One of her exquisitely intricate paintings for that book now hangs on my wall.We often talked about our lives, and I particularly loved stories about her family and how she and her parents and sister drove around the country during the Great Depression so her father could look for work, an epic safari that took them from Milwaukee to California. “You should write a book about growing up in the Depression,” I told her.

Editorial Reviews

"A supersharp mystery . . . Confoundingly clever, and very funny."