The Westing Game

The Westing Game

Book - 1978
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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.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic, 1978
ISBN: 9780439412810
Characteristics: 216 p. ; 20 cm


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A large cast of characters, mysteriously connected, are all hoping to inherit the same fortune that the deceased Sam Westing has left behind. Virgos will enjoy the puzzle and mystery hidden in many small details.

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Jul 18, 2019

Not my thing (pace is too slow) but can’t deny it’s a well written mystery. It’s a very grown-up style for a children’s book. What I mean is that it reads like a classic, old-school mystery and has some pretty advanced twists and tricks. If you enjoy word play and riddles or brain teasers then you will probably love this book. Would absolutely recommend it to a tween or even teen that loves this genre.

May 04, 2019

I really enjoyed this book! My only criticism would be that sometimes it was confusing with all the characters. But all in all, I would definitely recommend this!

Mar 03, 2019

Enjoyed it so much. Smart and warm. The ending though could have been a little more realistic. It was too happy.

Jan 15, 2019

first read this in second grade. it was my favorite book for the next four years. really good book. I think it is best if you read it in elementary school. I am now in high school and still love it!

Aug 02, 2018

Pure genius! This book has been described by The Horn Book as "A fascinating medley of word games, disguises, multiple aliases, and subterfuges." Nailed it. What a treasure this book is for the middle grade reader who loves word puzzles and mysteries. A book you can read over and over and make new discoveries with each visit. Highly recommended!

JCLJackieS Jul 05, 2018

I didn't read The Westing Game as a kid, and I now realize how much I missed out! It had been on my "to read" list for a long time, since I read Figgs & Phantoms by the same author in about fifth grade. The characters are intriguing, and Raskin keeps readers guessing till the end, which is one of my favorite characteristics in a book. The pace is quick and the book is short, so the it can be read easily in a day, which is what I did. I recommend this to mid-grade children to adults who like mysteries.

JCLSamS May 11, 2017

I hadn't read this book since childhood and now, as an adult, I can say that it definitely holds up on a reread. Getting to know each eccentric character is nearly as fun as solving the Westing mystery, and the finale is wholly satisfying.

Mar 18, 2017

I've read all of the Sherlock Holmes series and most of Agatha christie's mysteries but i have never found anything like this book, it was so confusing and such a good mystery.

DBRL_KrisA Jan 09, 2017

I enjoyed this one. I think 6th - grade me would have really loved it. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, but they're all pretty broadly defined; none of them has much detail. And the whodunit factor is surprisingly well done for this level of book; I've read a lot of mysteries but was still caught off guard when the mystery was revealed.

ArapahoeSteffen Nov 23, 2016

Remembered this from my childhood and re-read it the other day.
I think I've read it a few times now; I love it each time. Excellent characters entertain and distract from the "mystery" a genre I don't typically care for.
Angela the bomber (spoiler) Jimmy Hoo's Little Foot-Eaze, a lot to laugh at in here. Plus its a QUICK READ, which is always satisfying.

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Jun 02, 2015

16 unlikely heirs get called to Sunset Towers, which faces east despite the name. They are invited to live there by a mysterious man named Barney Northrup. On top of that, they get invited to the reading of a man's will named Sam Westing who none of them knew, or so they said. The will states that he was killed by one of the heirs, and that they must find who killed him. So the heirs are paired and each get a set of clues, but not everything is as it seems. Will they find the killer before the killer finds them? Read The Westing Game to find out!

Jul 08, 2014

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!


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Dec 25, 2014

Violence: several bombings


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