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The Westing Game

By Ellen Raskin (2)

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.

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