The Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics)

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Penguin, Apr 12, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 192 pages
141 Reviews
A Newbery Medal Winner

"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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Oh, my stars … Sam Westing is a wealthy but secretive and intensely private industrialist (think Howard Hughes) who manipulates a group of seemingly unconnected people into all living in the same ... Read full review

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Sixteen people - some of them in families - are invited to live in a new apartment block. Just as they're settling in, they receive invitations to hear the will of Samuel Westing, an eccentric ... Read full review

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Contents

Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Introduction
SUNSET TOWERS
GHOSTS OR WORSE
TENANTS IN AND
THE CORPSE FOUND
SIXTEEN HEIRS
THE WESTING WILL
THE WESTING GAME
THE THIRD BOMB
SOME SOLUTIONS
THE TRACKERS
ODD RELATIVES
CONFESSIONS
THE FOURTH BOMB
LOSERS WINNER
STRANGE ANSWERS

THE PAIRED HEIRS
LOST AND FOUND
THE LONG PARTY
THE MEETING
THE FIRST BOMB
THE SECOND BOMB
PAIRS REPAIRED
FACT AND GOSSIP
WRONG ALL WRONG
WESTINGS WAKE
TURTLES TRIAL
A HAPPY FOURTH
AND THEN
FIVE YEARS PASS
THE END?
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About the author (2004)

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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