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26 January 2011

The Westing Game: An Oldie but a Goodie

A couple weeks ago, when I first started the blog, my friend, Annette, asked me if I had ever read The Westing Game by Ellin Raskin.  I had not, and said I would pick it up from the local library for a weekend read.  I totally forgot the name of the book by the time I got to the library, so Annette was nice enough to lend me her copy.

Before I get started, here is the teaser (surprisingly, I had to do a LOT of searching the internet for this!):
This highly inventive mystery involves sixteen people who are invited to the reading of Samuel W. Westing's will. They could become millionaires, depending on how they play the tricky and dangerous Westing game, which involves blizzards, burglaries, and bombings. Ellen Raskin has entangled a remarkable cast of characters in a puzzle-knotted, word-twisting plot filled with humor, intrigue, and suspense.

I should point out that its a Newbery Winner. 

Now, I love a good murder mystery, same as the next girl, and I really love trying to solve the mystery before the author does the big reveal.  Now that you know this, I'm going to share a cell phone pic of my notebook and my notes.

I really liked this book.  It was full of twists and turns, and had a few very interesting "big reveal" scenes.

I am very surprised that I didn't read this before (like say, when I was 12).  Boy or girl, probably about age 9+, if you like mysteries, you should check The Westing Game out.  Or, if you are a teacher, getting ready to do a mystery unit, this would be a good book to have in your classroom library.

2 comments:

  1. I couldn't have time to read it so if yhu have a chance can yhu tell me the main items they used? Im making a project and they want me to draw and describe the items like i drew a bomb for an example and i wrote that unknown people would throw it into the apartment.. So if yhu don't mind can yhu tell me the object and describe why they were important and who was the murder of the mystery i heard no one was but i think someone was

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  2. Sabii,
    Thank you for visiting my blog. However, it sounds like you'd like me to do your homework for you, when you should have made time to read the book.
    I'm sorry.

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