The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
(Puffin Modern Classics)

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"A supersharp mystery...confoundingly clever, and very funny." —Booklist, starred review

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!

Winner of the Newbery Medal
Winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award
An ALA Notable Book

"Great fun for those who enjoy illusion, word play, or sleight of hand." —The New York Times Book Review

"A fascinating medley of word games, disguises, multiple aliases, and subterfuges—a demanding but rewarding book." —The Horn Book

About Ellen Raskin

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Ellen Raskin is the author of numerous books for young readers, including "Figgs & Phantoms," a Newbery Honor book. She died in 1986.
Published June 1, 1978 by Puffin Books. 204 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Actually, it turns out that there is no corpse, but no one is aware of that when they are all assembled for a reading of old Westing's fiendish will, which pairs them all off and allots each pair four one-word clues to the murderer's identity.

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The reading of a will initiates a murder mystery in this 1979 Newbery Medal winner. Ages 10-up. (June)

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Teen Reads

After twenty-five years, THE WESTING GAME --- written by the late beloved author Ellen Raskin and winner of the 1978 Newbery Award --- is still remarkable for its diverse, interesting characters, its plot twists, and an ending that no one inside or outside the novel could predict.

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the only violence in the book (aside from the supposed murder of Samuel Westing that serves as the impetus for the game) is a series of dramatic explosions that rock the apartment building where the heirs are living and a brief moment when a kid kicks someone in the shins.

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Arlington Library

The tenants of Sunset Towers are paired off and each given a clue to find out who took Mr. Westing's life and possibly inherit millions.

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Turtle is dared to enter a haunted house alone and, in good haunt-haunt scenes worked up by designer Stuart Blatt and with appropriate music by Parmer Fuller merged with effective sound effects, Turtle turns up the corpse of millionaire Sam Westing (Ray Walston).

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Arlington Public Library

The game has started and only one of the sixteen will be able to win.

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