I got this book in a clearance bundle of books that I bought to get a different book. I was trying to decide if I should read it or swap it and after seeing it was a Newberry Medal book I decided to read it. This was a very entertaining book.
In this book a number of people are offered the chance to move into an exclusive condo building. Shortly thereafter they receive notice that they have been listed in the will of the founder of Westing Paper Company. Only it is a bizarre will and rather than being straightforward it requires the potential heirs to engage themselves in a game to find out who murdered Mr. Westing. Thus the Westing Game begins.
This was a clever little book. It is not necessarily a quick read, since the reader must pay attention to all the little details in the book. Nonetheless I found myself enjoying this book immensely. It is a very classic mystery type of book and reads a bit like I would imagine a game of Clue would (if you could read a game).
There are many twists and many interesting characters. It was fun to try to figure out how all of the characters are tied to Mr. Westing. This was the type of book that you could either read and let it give you the answers or you could exercise your brain along the way and try to guess the answers before the book gives them to you.
Well written and very clever I thought this was a very interesting and entertaining book. It makes me want to check out more of Ellen Raskin's books.
I love this book. It's smart, engaging, and keeps you guessing until the very end. The reader has all the clues, so if you are a mystery fan, no matter what age, this book is for you. Don't read to fast or you might miss something important!
It's like Clue in a book.
This is the only mystery to ever have won a newberry medal. For you homeschoolers, it is also a Sonlight book. Both of my children have read this book and liked it.
A very cute kids' mystery. Newberry Medal winner.
Very clever! An intriguing mystery, and one of my favorites.
My 12 year old 6th grader read this book and loved it, but it is an advanced read. It is a Newberry Medal award winner about a murder mystery. Really intriguing plot. No blood or gore, jut disappearances and disguises.
I loved this book as a kid. I recently reread it as a 30-year-old woman and still loved it! A great whodunit with memorable characters that you really root for!
I loooooooved it was when I was a kid - and I was pleasantly surprised I loooooooooove it even more as an adult! Clever, incredibly well-plotted mystery thriller, with characters whose quirks have stayed with me for literally two decades now. A wonderful read-aloud choice for parents and kids, but BOTH kids and adults will love it independently, too :)
My son didn't want to read it, but ended up really enjoying the story. It was very engaging, not a typical boring 4th grade book. Won a Newberry Award. It is about a contest to find out who murdered wealthy Sam Westing and thereby gain $200 million.
This book is used in Sonlight 6
I love this book so much. One of the best mysteries.
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.
Where there's a will, there's a way----and Sam Westing has left quite a will!!
One fateful day, sixteen people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing's will. To their surprise, the will turns out to be a contest, challenging the heirs to find out who among them is Westing's murderer. Forging ahead, through blizzards, burglaries, and bombings, the game is on. Only two people hold all the clues. One of them is a Westing heir. The other is You!
My 14 year old read it and loved it. I read it and loved it. has some wear.
One fateful day, sixteen people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing's will. To their surprise, the will turns out to be a contest, challenging the heirs to find out who among them is Westing's murderer. Forging ahead, through blizzards, burglaries, and bombings, the game is on. Only two people hold all the clues. One of them is a Westing heir. The other is you!
I haven't read this book. It was given to me.