©1997 Ellen Raskin; (P)2007 Penguin Group USA
"A supersharp mystery...Confoundingly clever, and very funny." (Booklist)
I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.
Here's something I wasn't expecting -- a quirky little mystery packed with interesting, flawed, often-hilarious characters and experiences and tinged with the bittersweetness of growing up. Sixteen people are invited to live in a prestige apartment building by a mysterious benefactor. Soon, they discover that Sam Westing, the millionaire who lives at the top of the hill, is dead, and they've all been named as potential heirs, and are invited to play a game. Each character in this diverse cast has secrets and fears and motivations -- be it the kids or the adults -- and there isn't any obvious single protagonist. Best of all, it's a YA novel that never considers condescending to a younger audience.
My 10 year-old daughter discovered it in her school library, and she loved it so much I picked up the audiobook to listen to with her. I have lost count over how many times she's relistened to it.
Eric Michael Summerer provides a solid no frills-narration that might sound a little flat to some, but he brings a confidence to the reading that helps anchor all the different characters and the complexities of the story in a relatively short amount of time. He made it sound easy (and good)!
This is simply an excellent novel (It won the Newbery back in '78) that's at times smart, funny, exciting and surprisingly emotional.
As a senior citizen I thoroughly enjoyed this book. i it was recommended by slates cultural fest. this is an excellent book even though it's for young readers I recommend that adults read it
I read it in the summer between fourth and fifth grade, and really loved it. I like that it is a really complicated mystery with so many clues and possibilities that it's almost impossible to figure it out. My favorite character was Turle, a girl a little older than me because she was really smart and spunky and not afraid of anything.
I am a proud Mexican woman that loves words and reading/listening to books. I also believe that only through knowledge can we achieve progress.
I read this book when I was very young in school and I went back to it now and remembered how my love of the murder mystery started. A stand out great book that provides entertainment and fun through the ages.
This was one of my favourite books as a child and I was very happy that the book itself did not disappoint me as an adult.
I also very much enjoyed the narration. The narrator really brought to life the different characters and, if possible, made me enjoy the book even more than when I had read it in print.
The denouement honestly made me cry.
The court scene.
The game is afoot
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It had excellent pacing and a mystery that was suitable for younger readers, but the extremely well fleshed out characters and setting, and the real plot behind the mystery, make it a delight for readers of any age.
This is a cute, whimsical story full of curious people and mysterious events. It was entertaining, to say the least, and I'd recommend it to anyone. However, I felt the story could have been improved all around. Many of the characters were indistinguishable, particularly the women. I kept getting confused as to who was who (oddly enough, the Who's were the easiest to keep track of). That was one problem. Also confusing were the side plots, which didn't seem to have anything to do with anything. The thief and the bomber . . . what was that all about? The third issue was that some of the side plots were more adult-oriented like the Wexler marital problems which had the potential to bore a kid to death. Fortunately, those situations were scarce so the main thing was just confusion of plot and characters.
What I loved about the book was Turtle, of course, and the mystery of the Westing murder, and the chess game going on in the background, both physically and metaphorically.
Overall, the entertainment value of The Westing Game was fairly high.
So happy to share this childhood favorite of mine with my daughter. All the "voices" the narrator does can be a bit much, but a fantastic story makes up for it.
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