The Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics) (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Apr 12, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 192 pages
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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
  

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First off: The book is superb!
Secondly: The author [Ellen Raskin] is nothing less than a genius writer!
Third: Nobody would have seen the ending coming, if it slapped you in the face!
As I stated above, the author is just amazing in how she organized the book and made all the characters so different from each other, yet they all can be classified as "normal enough" (for the most part anyways). Yet in their own way, all the people were a bit puzzling. Ellen definitely has her own unique writing style and it is clear to see that she took her time to ponder on this storyline (and it's for the better that she did).
Okay, enough about the author! Let me tell you a bit about the storyline:
Samuel Westing (AKA "Uncle Sam"--because he was a very patriotic man) has been located in his mansion.... DEAD. Everyone who was in his will were all (coincidentally, of course) invited to check out the apartments in Sunset Towers (which weren't even towers). Also, (again coincidentally) all members-of-the-will accepted the apartments (of course the surprise of finding out that they are in this man's will, would come after they move in).
Anyways, when they finally come together to read the will... all 16 heirs are in for a real shocker! The will turns out to be this clever puzzle they have to solve. There's 8 teams and each team only gets 2 clues, so they'll do anything to peek over someone's shoulder to find new clues staring them in the face.
Oh! And did I mention that whoever figures out the answer to the puzzle first, will win $200 million? Yeah, sorry if I forgot to mention that.
I guess what I'm trying to say is this: You just have got to read this book! It's one of those stories that once you start it, there's no way you can think of anything else, until you finish the book (and yes, I'm talking about the VERY last page!)
 

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SAM WESTING FOUND DEAD
1 MADAME SUN LIN HOOcookJAKE WEXLERstanding or sitting when not lying down
4 ALEXANDER MCSOUTHERSdoormanJ J FORDjudge Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court
7 THEO THEODORAKISbrotherDOUGHOOfirst in allstate highschool mile run
1 MADAME SUN LIN HOOcookJAKE WEXLERbookie
4 J J FORDjudgeALEXANDER MC SOUTHERSfired
6 BERTHE ERICA CROWmotherOTIS AMBERdeliverer
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Ellen Raskin was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and grew up during the Great Depression. She was the author of several novels, including the Newbery Medal-winning The Westing Game, the Newbery Honor-winning Figgs & Phantoms, The Tattooed Potato and other clues, and The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel). She also wrote and illustrated many picture books and was an accomplished graphic artist. She designed dust jackets for dozens of books, including the first edition of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic A Wrinkle in Time. Ms. Raskin died at the age of fifty-six on August 8, 1984, in New York City.

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