The Westing Game

Paperback | June 1, 1997

byEllen Raskin

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A Newbery Medal Winner

For over thirty-five years, Ellen Raskin's Newbery Medal-winning The Westing Game has been an enduring favorite.


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

Winner of the Newbery Medal
Winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award
An ALA Notable Book
School Library Journal One Hundred Books That Shaped the Century

"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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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 Newbery Medal WinnerFor over thirty-five years, Ellen Raskin's Newbery Medal-winning The Westing Game has been an enduring favorite. This highly inventive mystery involves sixteen people who are invited to the reading of Samuel W. Westing's will. They could become millionaires-it all depends on how they play the tricky and dangerous...

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:PaperbackPublished:June 1, 1997Publisher:Penguin Young Readers Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140386645

ISBN - 13:9780140386646

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

Customer Reviews of The Westing Game

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from WAY WAY Underrated This is such a cute, fantastic mystery!! The whole puzzle of the plot is fascinating and expertly done - especially considering it was written with zero planning. Super lovable characters, pretty kid-friendly (but definitely just as engaging for adults), and just a really head-scratchingly fun time! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-09
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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From Our Editors

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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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

Employee Review

Mr. Westing always loved a good joke, and so when he dies his will stipulates that his heir will only be found in a huge contest open to all the tenants of his building. Well written and well developed, this mystery will keep you guessing right to the end and includes many twists and turns. The characters are very realistic in their multi-level personalities, and the reader will enjoy playing along in this clever novel.