The Westing Game, since its publication in 1978, has remained a children’s classic, a favorite enigma and puzzler, well worthy of its Newbery Medal. Ellen Raskin has crafted a tale whose twists and turns will perplex readers, and whose starkly real and honest characters will enthrall any newcomer to the “game”. A whole slew of characters have just moved into Sunset Towers, all from various walks of life, and they initially appear to have little more than an address in common. Neighboring Sunset Towers is the Westing estate, home to the wealthy Samuel W. Westing, who, in a shocking turn of events, is discovered dead one morning. His mysterious will draws the tenants into one large gathering, where they discover one of them will be the heir to the Westing fortune – whomever discovers Westing’s murderer. The tenants are matched up in a dictated, seemingly mismatched order, and the eight teams of two are given a set of clues to decipher and a sly entreaty to play the “Westing Game”. Under subterfuge, the players brave a blizzard, attempt to figure out who is burglarizing the apartments, and dodge homemade bombs, all the while learning more about themselves and each other. Raskin is remarkable in her stunning portrayal of 16 vibrant characters, all of whom step off the page in distinct and vibrant color, and for her dizzying world of mystery, which will have readers guessing right up to the very end. The Westing Game is undoubtedly a must-read for every generation.
Expressly created for middle school students, this Learning Links Novel-Ties guide will aid students by training them for more complex reading in the future. Chapter-by-chapter pre- and post-reading activities and worksheets allow students to become comfortable with the majority of literary devices, instilling a greater understanding and appreciation for literature. A novel synopsis and worksheet answer key is provided for educators. Novel-Ties guides are a notable supplementary resource for both guided and differentiated reading.This eBook is an entry in the Novel-Ties Literature Guides series for Grade 6, comprised of the following additional titles: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH; Old Yeller; The Westing Game; The Witch of Blackbird Pond; Jacob Have I Loved; The Secret Garden; Gentlehands; Nothing But the Truth; Freak, the Mighty; The Giver; Wringer; Holes; Hatchet; Number the Stars; The Egypt Game; The Devil's Arithmetic; Maniac Magee; Brian's Winter; The House of Dies Drear; Hoot; Walk Two Moons; The View from Saturday; The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963; Out of the Dust; Parrot in the Oven; Jason's Gold; Chasing Vermeer; The City of Ember; When My Name Was Keoko; Flush; The Graveyard Book; Small Steps; The Mysterious Benedict Society; When You Reach Me; The Hunger Games; Moon Over Manifest; Scat. All aforementioned Novel-Ties eBooks can be observed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.