©1997 Ellen Raskin; (P)2007 Penguin Group USA
"A supersharp mystery...Confoundingly clever, and very funny." (Booklist)
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 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.
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.
We couldn't finish this book at all and will be returning it so I can read it aloud to my kids rather than listen. The reader was so monotone it was hard to follow and keep track of all the characters. He came to life when giving voices to each character, but the narration was extremely difficult to tolerate. Bummed as we were trying to listen while riding in the car on vacation. Learning to listen to the samples first to help minimize this kind of disappointment.
Have no idea since we didn't finish it.
I doubt it.
Mystery, suspense, humor.
My students loved all of the twists and turns.
The kids loved how he used different voices for each character.
The students definitely wanted to, but we spread it out over the course of several weeks. It was hard for them not to read ahead!
My 12 year old son just loves this mystery. He didn't realize that he was a fan of mysteries until listening to this one. There are many twists and turns of the plot and it keeps you guessing. The entire book was exciting and he recommends it for people of all ages, not just for kids. I did listen to it myself for the first 2 chapters and it was very good.
My favorite character was Turtle because she was such a spitfire.
He is boss.(my son's words not mine)
Gripp the edge of my seat.
A classic who-done-it for middle grade listeners. Ellen Raskin grabs you from page one and doesn't let go.
Great characters and truly original plot.
this book relies on dialog and Eric Summerer does a great job voicing the many characters and keeping them unique.
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