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The Westing game

by Raskin, Ellen.

There are no copies available and 1 request on 11 copies

Where To Find It

Call number: Y Mystery / Raskin, Ellen, Y Fiction / Raskin, Ellen, R Newbery Medal 1979

Additional Details

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.

Community Reviews

Good idea

I've always loved books that have "games" in them, and this one really satisfied me. The characters are a little confusing and I would often mix them up, but once you get them straight it is a very enjoyable read. The plot is entertaining and funny, and the characters have little quirks that make them who they are. A very good book--highly recommended!

Wonderful book

When I first read this book in 5th grade, I though it was a very boring and confusing book. But reading it two years later, I finally understand the brilliance of The Westing Game.
Definitly a great read, though younger readers may not be able to appreciate it as much.


One of my all-time favorite books. Younger readers may not grasp all of the plot twists and switches from character to character, so I would suggest this to older readers, who can really appreciate Ellen Raskin's incredible plot.


This is a great book

Good, But Confusing

This book was unexpected and really good. I was constantly flipping back to the beginning of the book to look at the character list so that I could keep track of them, but the book was good overall.

Best Book EVER <3 <3

This is the BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ! I cannot express my love for this book in words. it is so suspensful... exciting... funny... the list is endless! a MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!


5 STARS! THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS IVE EVER READ IN MY ENTIRE LIFE! GREAT AWESOME SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


This book can be very, very confusing for children who are not yet 10 years old. I wouldn't recommend it earlier because then, even the brightest of kids misinterpret the ending.
However, this book is really fantastic. There's mystery, suspense and the knowledge of figuring things out along with the characters.

Pieces of the Puzzle

As a child, I remember being inspired by the puzzle that drives this story, although I thought it was a tough read as a 4th grader. Returning to the tale as an adult, it turns out it's still an intriguing mystery, but only after you sift through the disjointed, clunky narrative and the pile of sixteen skeletonish, or outright vile characters that play the "game."

In fact, the pages are so loaded with characters that Raskin doesn't have enough space to flesh out each one; instead, she jumps around from person to person nearly every sentence, and the reader is left wondering, "who is this again, and why should I care about them?" My mind wandered constantly while reading, so I don't recommend this as a pick for any reluctant youth readers.

Once you get a handle on the characters, or "players," the clues are challenging enough to really want to piece them together ahead of the conclusion, which is worth the read for sure. It's not as good as I remember it, but strong readers will probably like it.

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