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The Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics)

Author Name:Raskin, Ellen


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.

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.

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  •     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.

  •     I read this book because it won the Newbery Award and my Granddaughter's class read it. I love reading the books she reads, it gives us great discussions.

  •     Excellent book for grade 6-7 students!

  •     Childhood favorite!

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

  •     good discussions about this book!

  •     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.

  •     It wasn't as good as reviews indicated. I read this as an adult and do not wish to read it again. It was good at the end. Maybe it was because I was done reading it!

  •     Excellent book. Incredible plot twists, endearing characters, and I absolutely loved the dialogue and activity between the characters. Masterful story!

  •     Read this is two days. Such a weird, thrilling trip.

  •     Love having my favorite book in hardcover!

  •     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."

  •     My 10 and 12 year old LOVED this book! They were bummed that the movie was no where near as good as the book. Just in case you are thinking about trying to track that one down! :)

  •     I remember reading this book in elementary school and how neat it was with all the clues and the way it came together. I loved it then and it was so fun to read it again as an adult! This is such a great mystery, with very unique, memorable, quirky characters, and is still one of my favorite young adult books! Excellent!!!

  •     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 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.

  •     Shouldn't be read in school. Violent and a heavy dose of racism.

  •     The characters, the plot, everything is well thought out, but too slow... or I could not get in the mood.


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