The Westing Game

The Westing Game

Book - 1978
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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.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c1978.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780525423201
Branch Call Number: J M RASK
Characteristics: 185 p. ; 24 cm.


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Feb 14, 2018

A classic that holds up. This was *the* book of my sixth grade class—we couldn't get enough of the twisty puzzle. I don't think any of us had ever experienced anything like that before. It also respects its teen characters in a way that's rare—they're full peers with the adults in the game, not shunted off to the side and not the only voice of reason against idiot grown-ups.

JCLSamS May 11, 2017

I hadn't read this book since childhood and now, as an adult, I can say that it definitely holds up on a reread. Getting to know each eccentric character is nearly as fun as solving the Westing mystery, and the finale is wholly satisfying.

Mar 18, 2017

I've read all of the Sherlock Holmes series and most of Agatha christie's mysteries but i have never found anything like this book, it was so confusing and such a good mystery.

DBRL_KrisA Jan 09, 2017

I enjoyed this one. I think 6th - grade me would have really loved it. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, but they're all pretty broadly defined; none of them has much detail. And the whodunit factor is surprisingly well done for this level of book; I've read a lot of mysteries but was still caught off guard when the mystery was revealed.

AL_STEFFEN Nov 23, 2016

Remembered this from my childhood and re-read it the other day.
I think I've read it a few times now; I love it each time. Excellent characters entertain and distract from the "mystery" a genre I don't typically care for.
Angela the bomber (spoiler) Jimmy Hoo's Little Foot-Eaze, a lot to laugh at in here. Plus its a QUICK READ, which is always satisfying.

AL_HOLLYR Nov 02, 2016

Smart, thrilling mystery. Clever plot and exciting narrative make this a classic must-read for any fans of mysteries, thrillers, or puzzle solving.

KATIE ESCHER Jun 07, 2016

I'm not sure how I didn't read this when I was a child. It's a good mystery with a lot of intrigue and second guessing yourself. It took me a little while to get into the book, but once it got going and characters got established, I flew through this book.

Akelley21 Aug 03, 2015

My class read this book and we chose characters before we read it to kind of "act" it out. I thought the author was very creative.

yellow_wolf_107 Aug 03, 2015

Very good . Love the suspense and the diversity and simalarities of the characters

Jul 15, 2015

Read it even as adult! you think you're smug and know everything and have your life figured out? Prepare to be fooled over and over again. You think you have figured out and predicted the rest of the plot?
think again because everything you come up with is nothing compared to the surprising end.
challenging, both mentally and literary. Strong creative vocabulary -for a children's book.

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Jun 02, 2015

16 unlikely heirs get called to Sunset Towers, which faces east despite the name. They are invited to live there by a mysterious man named Barney Northrup. On top of that, they get invited to the reading of a man's will named Sam Westing who none of them knew, or so they said. The will states that he was killed by one of the heirs, and that they must find who killed him. So the heirs are paired and each get a set of clues, but not everything is as it seems. Will they find the killer before the killer finds them? Read The Westing Game to find out!

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!


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