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Westing Game: Anniversary Edition

Press:Penguin USA Dutton Books for Young Readers; Anniversary ed. edition (October 13, 2003)
Publication Date:2003-10
Author Name:Raskin, Ellen


For twenty-five years, Ellen Raskin's Newbery Medal-winning The Westing Game has been an enduring favorite and is now being reissued with a brand-new jacket by Kevin Hawkes and an introduction by Ann Durell. 
This highly inventive mystery involves sixteen people who are invited to the reading of Samuel W.
Westing's will.
They could become millionaires, depending on how they play the tricky and dangerous Westing game, which involves blizzards, burglaries, and bombings.
Ellen Raskin has entangled a remarkable cast of characters in a puzzle-knotted, word-twisting plot filled with humor, intrigue, and suspense.

About the Author

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.
Raskin died at the age of fifty-six on August 8, 1984, in New York City.

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Table of ContentsTitle PageCopyright PageDedicationIntroduction Chapter 1 - SUNSET TOWERSChapter 2 - GHOSTS OR WORSEChapter 3 - TENANTS IN AND OUTChapter 4 - THE CORPSE FOUNDChapter 5 - SIXTEEN HEIRSChapter 6 - THE WESTING WILLChapter 7 - THE WESTING GAMEChapter 8 - THE PAIRED HEIRSChapter 9 - LOST AND FOUNDChapter 10 - THE LONG PARTYChapter 11 - THE MEETINGChapter 12 - THE FIRST BOMBChapter 13 - THE SECOND BOMBChapter 14 - PAIRS REPAIREDChapter 15 - FACT AND GOSSIPChapter 16 - THE THIRD BOMBChapter 17 - SOME SOLUTIONSChapter 18 - THE TRACKERSChapter 19 - ODD RELATIVESChapter 20 - CONFESSIONSChapter 21 - THE FOURTH BOMBChapter 22 - LOSERS, WINNERChapter 23 - STRANGE ANSWERSChapter 24 - WRONG ALL WRONGChapter 25 - WESTING’S WAKEChapter 26 - TURTLE’S TRIALChapter 27 - A HAPPY FOURTHChapter 28 - AND THEN . 
.Chapter 29 - FIVE YEARS PASSChapter 30 - THE END?Sunset TowersThe sun sets in the west (just about everyone knows that), but Sunset Towers faced east.
Strange!Sunset Towers faced east and had no towers.
This glittery, glassy apartment house stood alone on the Lake Michigan shore five stories high.
Five empty stories high.Then one day (it happened to be the Fourth of July), a most uncommon-looking delivery boy rode around town slipping letters under the doors of the chosen tenants-to-be.
The letters were signed Barney Northrup.The delivery boy was sixty-two years old, and there was no such person as Barney Northrup.
.    “In [The Westing Game] the author shows once more that no one can beat her at intrigue, at concocting marvelous absurdities.”—Publishers WeeklyOTHER TITLES AVAILABLE IN PREMIUM EDITIONS:SPEAK Published by the Penguin Group Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 345 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, U.S.A.
Penguin Group (Canada), 90 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4P 2Y3 (a division of Pearson Penguin Canada Inc.) Penguin Books Ltd, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England Penguin Ireland, 25 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland (a division of Penguin Books Ltd) Penguin Group (Australia), 250 Camberwell Road, Camberwell, Victoria 3124, Australia (a division of Pearson Australia Group Pty Ltd) Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd, 11 Community Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi - 110 017, India Penguin Group (NZ), 67 Apollo Drive, Rosedale, North Shore 0632, New Zealand (a division of Pearson New Zealand Ltd) Penguin Books (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd, 24 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa Registered Offices: Penguin Books Ltd, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England First published in the United States of America by E.
Dutton, a division of Penguin Books USA, Inc., 1978 Published by Puffin Books, 1992 Reissued, 1997 This edition published by Speak, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2008 Copyright © Ellen Raskin, 1978ISBN: 9781101157459■ FOR JENNY who asked for a puzzle-mystery ■ AND SUSAN K.INTRODUCTIONUntil 1970, Ellen Raskin was considered an illustrator, not an author, although she had written the texts of her notable picture books, such as Nothing Ever Happens on My Block; And It Rained; and Spectacles.
And until 1969, I didn’t really know her, although when I was the children’s-book editor at Holt, Rinehart and Winston, she had illustrated Books: A Book to Begin On, by Susan Bartlett, and Come Along!, by Rebecca Caudill—as well as doing for us some of the one thousand book jackets of which she was so proud.Our friendship really began in the smoking car (like the title character of Moe Q.
McGlutch, Ellen smoked too much) of a Pennsylvania Railroad train en route from New York to Philadelphia, where we were both speaking on a panel.
I stopped to say hello, and she said, “I’m sitting here alone because I’m so nervous.
I hate speaking.” “I hate it, too,” I said, “and I’ve given up smoking.” In the depressed gloom that followed this exchange, the beginning of a bond was formed.That same year I moved from Holt to E.
Their office was located at Union Square and Seventeenth Street, only a short walk from Ellen’s apartment on Eighth Street, and we got together more often.
One day, Ellen confided that she had always wanted to adapt Goblin Market, by Christina Rossetti, as a picture-book text.
I thought of the lavishly rich visual details of the poem, and I longed to see how she would illustrate it.
”Would you do the book for me?” I asked.
“Yes,” she answered.
“Jean [Jean Karl, her editor at Atheneum] doesn’t want it.” Ellen was always candid.
So she did do it—her first book for Dutton.
One of her exquisitely intricate paintings for that book now hangs on my wall.We often talked about our lives, and I particularly loved stories about her family and how she and her parents and sister drove around the country during the Great Depression so her father could look for work, an epic safari that took them from Milwaukee to California.
“You should write a book about growing up in the Depression,” I told her.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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  •     One of my favorite childhood books, I remember reading this in elementary school as part of our assigned readings. I like mystery novels with a wide cast of characters, each of whom has his or her own narrative, as opposed to the mystery series that focus only on the detective's perspective. This way, you get to familiarize yourself with a range of personalities and characters (you can't get much more varied than this cast) while uncovering smaller mysteries (like who's the bomber?) along the way.Highly recommended for readers of any and all ages - I can sincerely say that as an adult, I prefer reading this book to the hundreds of crap mystery novels that are more "popular."

  •     good discussions about this book!

  •     This really pains me to say but it is almost as or even better than Harry Potter. This book is so great. Recommend this tip anyone and everyone

  •     One of my favorite books as a pre-teen. Ordering it now to share with my son. :)

  •     i love this book so much as an 11 year old i think kids older and younger wojuld enjoy this book with all said this book is amazing and i love murder mystery

  •     I love mystery bookkks

  •     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.

  •     Childhood favorite!

  •     Love having my favorite book in hardcover!

  •     Excellent book for grade 6-7 students!

  •     Very happy with this product.

  •     The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin is a must read book. It won the John Newbery Medal and everyone can see how it won. It is a mystery about Sam Westing who was murdered on Halloween by one of his neices or nephews. In his will he gives out clues like when he says "May God let Gold Refine" and when he says "My soul will roam relentlessly untill that one is found! " The heirs who find the murderer will inherit his millions of dollars! The author of this book can make you twist and turn. You will almost know who the murderer is then she decides to say that person is innocent in some way. She has an excellent word choice and she is an even better author. This book was good and sometimes I read one to two hours past my bed time. This is one of the best mysteries ever. I hope you also decide to read this book! Enjoy!

  •     this is my favorite childhood book and i loved giving it to my 12 year old for christmas. she liked the cursed child from grandma better... lol... she's never been a big mystery fan but i have been and this is by far one of the best written.

  •     I bought this book for my daughter, aged 10, as it was rated for 9-12 age group. I decided to read it myself and found that, although the problem presented in the story is in a form of an intriguing puzzle, it is written in a way which is unlikely to interest most children in that age group. In fact the writing style and humour are quite dry, most of the time simply relating events. It may interest a more mature child but, as far as I was concerned, it also failed to appeal to an adult as the puzzle offered little in a way of challenge.

  •     'The Westing Game' was my favorite book as a pre-teen, so when I returned to it years later, my expectations were low. Was I wrong! This book might be accessible to younger readers, but no one who loves a mystery with incredible characters should miss this for the world.While the plot centers around a less than run-of-the-mill whodunit, the book mainly focuses on the characters: each unique, bizarre, and ultimately endearing. The author manages to make them quirky without making them caricatures. The developing relationships between the 'heirs' as they attempt to unravel the mystery, is, I think, far more important than the mystery itself; they also develop in their sense of identity. These are all themes any adult can appreciate, woven into the story with humor and sly understatement, yet in effect deeply moving.The plot is complex and suspenseful, layered so impenetrably that at least one surprise at the end is inevitable. Yet even when wrapped in the most logical of puzzles, the author never loses the human touch. There are many scenes portrayed with hilarious, touching absurdity; and Raskin is dead-on with her take on human nature, even when her depiction seems exaggerated.Read it for a good chuckle--but in the end it may be more than that.

  •     As a kid, this was one of my favorite books, as an adult, I still think back to this book. I read it for the first time in 5th grade, it's kid of like Clue. It has lots of characters ranging from kids, to older people all trying to figure out who the heir of the Westing Fortune is. Really fun book!

  •     This book is fantastic! I started reading it, and I could not put it down. I absolutely had to see what was going to happen next in this fast-paced whodunit. I was so sucked into it, that I read it all in one sitting. It has tons of twists and turns and an awesome surprise ending. It will keep you guessing til the very end. It is expertly crafted and the characters are really well-developed. A must-read. It is great for all ages. I am 28, and after I read it, I recommended it to my sister who is 39, and she also loved it.

  •     This is like the best book I've ever read and I can't believe that I'm actually reading this amazing book.


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