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Really fun, and I know without hesitation what third or fourth grade me loved about it I felt like maybe it dragged a tiny bit in the back half of the second act, but I think that s just me getting ahead of the narrative, and being a little out of the demo.But if you re like 11 to 13 Holy crap, you re gonna love this book, and be on board with it pretty much from the first chapter It was written in 1978, but it doesn t feel dated other than the technology , and it ages very well It has a di Really fun, and I know without hesitation what third or fourth grade me loved about it I felt like maybe it dragged a tiny bit in the back half of the second act, but I think that s just me getting ahead of the narrative, and being a little out of the demo.But if you re like 11 to 13 Holy crap, you re gonna love this book, and be on board with it pretty much from the first chapter It was written in 1978, but it doesn t feel dated other than the technology , and it ages very well It has a diverse cast, which I didn t appreciate as a kid, because I didn t know any better, but which I deeply appreciate now Much of it reads as brief vignettes, which made it very easy to pick up and put down.I highly recommend this for young readers, and I highly recommend it a second time to adults who read it when we were kids I think I first read The Westing Game in third or fourth grade I checked it out of a public school library in Missouri I loved it, returned it, and checked it again a few months later on another weekly library visit Two things 1 Why should children only go to the library once a week My education would have been brighter and fuller had I just stayed in the library Other kids could have hadtime with the restroom pass, but instead I hoarded that thing and sat on the white raised seat I think I first read The Westing Game in third or fourth grade I checked it out of a public school library in Missouri I loved it, returned it, and checked it again a few months later on another weekly library visit Two things 1 Why should children only go to the library once a week My education would have been brighter and fuller had I just stayed in the library Other kids could have hadtime with the restroom pass, but instead I hoarded that thing and sat on the white raised seat reading away I m sure my teacher must ve been concerned over my restroom needs habits 2.I loved Turtle, the girl with the braids that beg to be pulled I braided my hair like Turtle s and liked whirling around and using them as weapons against boys coming in for the kisschase win Which was a good development because a couple of years earlier I bit Rashad Ware when he lumbered towards me for a smooch I told my parents that I didn t bite him just was running with my mouth open and happened to want to close it when his arm showed up Back to the book Still, years later, in love with Turtle, only the mother in me now has room to love Flora Baumbach, hair braider, as well And Mrs stickyfingers Hoo, my new favorite So, still in love with the book The whizzbang puzzle mystery abides, only the clues are not as mysterious and I did wish that purple waves meant something really, really sinister and twisted But that s just my maturity showing So great to be grown up This was a sister book club pick My youngest sister had never read it apparently, an epic fail in my big sister job on that one But, it s good to see that I did well enough a job that she knew to find it herself and suggest it for book club I ve helped raise a responsible adult Even if she liked Crow, the woman in black My middle sister took a long time, too long of a time, to read this book But she finished, liked it, and all is well This would be a great family read aloud book But, to stop my eldest from reading ahead I would have to hide it really well Maybe even have clues And a wax dummy dead body Long live the Westing Game This book sounded like it would be lots of fun, and I read it hoping for a great mystery In the end I think there were too many characters, and not enough information to make any of them seem real to me I never really got why they were who they were, except on the most basic level Each character was just glossed over, and even though they were described in a basic way, there was nothing to really draw me in or make me care about them. The Westing Game is first full length mystery I remember reading Well, besides Encyclopedia Brown and Nancy Drew books But the one mystery that I could still have told you general details about the plot It might have been the cleverness of the mystery or it s absence of gore It could have been identification with the shin kicking protagonist, nicknamed Turtle It could have been the clever signals of winds and atmosphere that run throughout the book Whatever it was, Raskin s story stayed The Westing Game is first full length mystery I remember reading Well, besides Encyclopedia Brown and Nancy Drew books But the one mystery that I could still have told you general details about the plot It might have been the cleverness of the mystery or it s absence of gore It could have been identification with the shin kicking protagonist, nicknamed Turtle It could have been the clever signals of winds and atmosphere that run throughout the book Whatever it was, Raskin s story stayed with me for years.Opening page The 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 It is a variation on the manor house mystery, with a very disparate group of people brought together physically Initially, they are convinced to rent or buy units in the newly constructed Sunset Towers, a small building that has room for a coffee shop, a restaurant and a small office, perfect for further enticing the future tenants The tenants discover they have something additional in common when they are called together for the reading of Sam Westing s will An isolating snowstorm ramps up the tension.Narration is third person, which is solidly done Initially, all the characters have aspects that make them seem flawed, or perhaps somewhat unlikable Interestingly, however, it was probably one of the broadest casts I can remember reading a black woman who is now a judge, who grew up poor a Greek family, whose skin is darker than the black woman s an interesting concept for a young white kid a Chinese family, one a recent immigrant a couple of economically limited white guys a suburban white family a single white older woman dressmaker We pop in and out of most of their heads at some point, which ends up giving the readerinsight than they each have on each other.There s accusations in a review or two of racism, but on adult read, I d say that the racism is all internal to the characters, and Raskin does a solid job of showing how things a certain character might say or do regarding someone else s race is about their own knowledge deficits I found only a couple of moments for me that might not pass the twenty first century sniff test One of the characters, Chris, has some sort of unspecified physical disability that impairs movement and speech One of the questionable moments comes up when his brother, Theo, tells someone else that they don t need to talk to Chris like a baby, because he s not retarded I usually avoid reading books from childhood, as I m afraid of having precious memories tarnished I thought The Westing Game held up well It s told in an omniscient third person, and tends to switch person and location fairly frequently In the book, the switches are clearly denoted with , but it s the sort of thing that probably won t translate well to audio, unless it was done with an ensemble cast I think it is definitely a YA, but in the best sense of the word Many of the techniques it uses are great for people that are younger and haven t figured some of this out yet ie a judge that still has some insecurities, or decides that she will not to compete for the prize, but to protect The shifts in perspective and time work well for developing empathy I think each character goes through a redemption arc, and even the one I remember disliking the most Otis was shown to be something other than appearance suggested I ended up searching out a hardcover for my own library, and am glad to have it around I just want to cut to the chase the last three chapters, over the course of about nine pages, are some of the most moving I ve read in a book written for kids life, loss, death growing up and getting old compassion and empathy sadness and mourning, sweetness and light it s all there such a generosity of spirit from Ellen Raskin I would have loved to have known her but I sorta feel I do, from those few pages the book itself is a delightful lark a lot of fast paced fun, but with a su I just want to cut to the chase the last three chapters, over the course of about nine pages, are some of the most moving I ve read in a book written for kids life, loss, death growing up and getting old compassion and empathy sadness and mourning, sweetness and light it s all there such a generosity of spirit from Ellen Raskin I would have loved to have known her but I sorta feel I do, from those few pages the book itself is a delightful lark a lot of fast paced fun, but with a surprising depth of emotion and a perfect understanding of human nature I particularly enjoyed the diversity of its cast, the cleverness of its puzzles, the sardonic humor, why the scar happened and what it means, and especially mean little Turtle and her deepening friendship with the woman she decides to call Baba A well written, twisty puzzle of a mystery, filled with fantastic clues, unforgettable characters, and countless red herrings Turtle Wexler will always be a hero to me. 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, one thing s for sure Sam Westing may be dead but that won t stop him from playing one last game A group read with my pantaloonless buddies.Sixteen very different people were invited to reading of a will of multi millionaire Samuel W Westing The guy stated he would be killed and whoever finds the murderer would get all his fortune He provided the participants or players as Westing called them with different clues to help, but in my humble opinion they only provided additional confusion Coming back in time somebody worked really hard to make sure these sixteen people come to live in th A group read with my pantaloonless buddies.Sixteen very different people were invited to reading of a will of multi millionaire Samuel W Westing The guy stated he would be killed and whoever finds the murderer would get all his fortune He provided the participants or players as Westing called them with different clues to help, but in my humble opinion they only provided additional confusion Coming back in time somebody worked really hard to make sure these sixteen people come to live in the same luxurious apartment building If you think this beginning has a strong And Then There Were None vibe, you are absolutely right Again, in my humble opinion Ellen Raskin does not come close to the greatness of Agatha Christie Then again, who does Reading this book clued me in on how to spot a YA book easily The biggest giveaway would be the fact that in this genre slightly grown up kids aka young adults are always unfailingly smarter than the actual adults Theobnoxious the teen, thesmarter she he turns out to be I can understand it in children books the adults are treated as guardians, teachers, etc and thus they are not brain dead If you want to ponder to teenagers with their rebellious phase of growing up we all came through this , you want to show them to be the smart ones I can accept this By the way, in case you know of an exception to this rule please inform me as I cannot think of any What I do not accept is the condescending tone of YA literature For some reason in children books the readers often treated as equals making them better andsatisfying reads for me an adult who left his teen years behind a long time ago The book was guilty of this.Last piece of criticism I hate rapid changes of POVs with the passion Here they would often change after just one paragraph making the whole story look like a series in disconnected scenes I like the idea of tell, do not show , but here is was taken to the extreme adding to the feeling of disconnection between what was actually shown and not told However after all the mud slinging I did, I liked the book well enough not to get too bored I only got frustrated from time to time and I have not regrets about reading it The rating is 3 stars Anti YA rant mode off I read this little book for the first time not as a child but as an adult I was looking for a book to kick off our Junior High book club and picked up the Westing Game to see if it might be a good place to begin I wish that I had found this book earlier in my life What kid wouldn t be captivated by wonderful characters thrown together to play a game hosted by a dead millionaire Don t get me wrongMr Westing isn t a vampire or a zombie he s just decided that his heirs need to do a lit I read this little book for the first time not as a child but as an adult I was looking for a book to kick off our Junior High book club and picked up the Westing Game to see if it might be a good place to begin I wish that I had found this book earlier in my life What kid wouldn t be captivated by wonderful characters thrown together to play a game hosted by a dead millionaire Don t get me wrongMr Westing isn t a vampire or a zombie he s just decided that his heirs need to do a little puzzle solving in order to earn their share of his estate While the mystery and the puzzles are fun and wonderfully clever, it s the characters that really make this novel All of the characters reside and work in the same high rise apartment building within view of the looming Westing estate Getting snowed in with them is like being trapped with the most interesting people you could imagine both good and bad By the end of the novel it s almost like you re part of a family reunion you know these people so well.Do yourself a favor if you re a kid pick up this book and have a wonderful time if you re an adult pick up this book and enjoy being a kid again The Westing Game, Ellen RaskinThe Westing Game is a mystery book written by Ellen Raskin in 1978 Sunset Towers is a new apartment building on Lake Michigan, north of Milwaukee and just down the shore from the mansion owned by reclusive self made millionaire Samuel W Westing As the story opens, Barney Northrup is selling apartments to a carefully selected group of tenants He claims that chess is not allowed in the building This is a big clue, as Sam Westing loved chess After Sam Westing die The Westing Game, Ellen RaskinThe Westing Game is a mystery book written by Ellen Raskin in 1978 Sunset Towers is a new apartment building on Lake Michigan, north of Milwaukee and just down the shore from the mansion owned by reclusive self made millionaire Samuel W Westing As the story opens, Barney Northrup is selling apartments to a carefully selected group of tenants He claims that chess is not allowed in the building This is a big clue, as Sam Westing loved chess After Sam Westing dies, at the beginning of the book, it emerges that most of the tenants are named as heirs in Westing s will The will is structured as a puzzle, with the 16 heirs challenged to find the solution Each of the eight pairs, assigned seemingly at random, is given 10,000 cash and a different set of baffling clues The pair that solves the mystery will inherit Westing s entire 200 million fortune and control of his company It is discovered that Berthe Erica Crow is the answer but not the murderer In the end, unknown to the other players, Turtle Wexler wins the game and inherits Sam Westing s company 2019 1398 288 9786229581810 20