The Westing Game

Raskin, Ellen

Paperback - 2004
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Westing Game
It is a mystery about Sam Westing who was murdered on Halloween by one of his neices or nephews.

Publisher: New York : Puffin Books, 2004
Edition: Puffin Modern Classics ed
ISBN: 9780142401200
Branch Call Number: J FIC R
Characteristics: 182 p. ; 18 cm.


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Dec 25, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I read this book for a second time to remind myself of why I did not love it.

The plot is a mystery. A man shows up offering six different families plush apartments at regular prices. The apartment building can be seen from Sam Westing's mansion. Westing dies and the families are all called in for the reading of the will. But they win no inheritance unless they solve the clues they are given. The problem is, the don't know what the mystery is they are supposed to solve. Each group of pairs comes up with different takes on the clues. In the end it appears that nobody wins.

The reason I do not love this book is because it is a non-mystery mystery. The characters really have nothing to solve. Samuel Westing merely has them running around working like crazy to solve clues that have no answer. They do find out that all the pairs must put their clues together as a whole to find the answer, but even then they don't get the actual answer. It is one red herring after another! I felt like I was watching the movie, Clue with all of the optional endings.

The book wasn't horrible, just somewhat disappointing when you get to the end. The mystery makes no sense, the characters don't appear to get what they "deserve." Plus, the author switched back and forth between verb tenses which at times gets confusing.

Note: Violence and racism appear in the content

Jul 01, 2014
  • XXx_PandaCupcake_xXx rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

There was no way you could've seen what Ellen Raskin planned as events in her game. Mr. Westing certainly had an eye for plot twists.

Jun 07, 2014
  • red_coyote_155 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This is not a good book to me. This is mostly because it was way to confusing. There is more than 16 main characters. It is really hard to keep track of. i would not encourage people to read it.

Jun 06, 2014
  • Violet_Bat_19 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Westing Game is one of my favorite books. I loved the mystery, planning, and multiple identities. The plot can be a little hard to follow at times, but it helps me make sure I'm paying attention.

Mar 05, 2014
  • acciomanga rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I remember reading this last year! I loved it! Excellent book.

Oct 15, 2013
  • EMF1226 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I remember reading this as a child for school and really liking it. While it's definitely interesting, it didn't hold up to my expectations. The writing style is certainly different (totally reminds me of a movie like Love Actually, where the perspective of the story keeps changing characters) but at times the plot feels kind of corny.

Aug 06, 2013

A cut above all other children's mystery stories. Quite rewarding, and full of puzzles. One to read and re-read.

May 29, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

For some reason I missed out on this one when I was young, but I've been aware of it since I first started working as a librarian years ago. More than any other, it's the title I've seen most referenced again and again as a standard for comparison in reviews and blurbs of newer books. In the world of mysteries for young readers, it's the gold standard that all others are measured against. You could almost call it a cliche, saying, "[This new book] is destined to be a classic like The Westing Game," or, "Readers who were tickled by The Westing Game will love [this new book]." Except calling it a cliche would undermine an appreciation for just how deserving Raskin's book is of the praise. It really is the best.

Mar 04, 2013
  • smoky9 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the few books I read over and over and I read a lot.

Aug 16, 2012
  • pplarel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The 3rd & 4th graders read this at the school I work at but it was also recommended to me by some friends. I enjoyed it! You have to be in the mood for it I think though. Clever, funny characters, great dialogue.

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Jul 08, 2014

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Jun 06, 2014
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Aug 16, 2013
  • violet_cat_1889 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 08, 2012

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Jun 21, 2012
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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!

Jun 20, 2014
  • XXx_PandaCupcake_xXx rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When Mr. Westing is pronounced murdered, tenants of Sunny Towers are called in as prospective heirs and heiresses to his millionaire estate. In the game that follows, these heirs and heiresses need to obtain the name of Mr. Westing's murderer or return to their lives with nothing. So who did lose and win "The Westing Game"?


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Dec 25, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Other: Some racism

Dec 25, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Violence: several bombings


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