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Publisher's Summary

A Newbery Medal Winner
Winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award
An ALA Notable Book

"A supersharp mystery...confoundingly clever, and very funny." (Booklist, starred review)

A bizarre chain of events begins when 16 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!

©2004 Ellen Raskin (P)2017 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Great fun for those who enjoy illusion, word play, or sleight of hand." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"A fascinating medley of word games, disguises, multiple aliases, and subterfuges - a demanding but rewarding book." ( The Horn Book)

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  • M
  • Long Island, NY
  • 03-02-18

Excellent, Engaging, Smart Whodunit

If you could sum up The Westing Game in three words, what would they be?

This flew. The story was well crafted and kept my attention. The details are everything, and the book truly deserves multiple listens. Who killed Sam Westing? Which one of his many heirs will solve the crime? And why did the eccentric millionaire turn his own death into a game? I am a fan of mystery novels, and this certainly fits the bill.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Westing Game?

The scene where the will is read starts things off nicely.

What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

The narration had feeling.

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Not what I imagined, but not a disappointment.

This has been my favorite book since I was in 8th grade. I was on a road trip, so I decided to listen to it. Aside from the terrible issues one has when having read the book first of not pronouncing things the way you thought they were in your head, or people having accents that didnt in your mind, and then feeling self righteous about it; it was all very well, and I enjoyed it greatly.

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The Westing Game

For younger children, this book is hard to follow without setting the characters and keeping track of them. Many years ago, I did this book with 7th graders, and it went well. This year, for an enrichment class, I read it with 5th graders. Several of them were not interested in it, and I believe it was because we were just listening and discussing the book as we read.

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I thought this was a really good book!

I found the plot intriguing! Not your run-of-the-mill murder mystery. And I've read quite a few.

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  • R.
  • Cicago
  • 04-18-18

ok

It was okay

I wish some one killed him and that it hade them in the house. I wish it was more like clue when there finding the muder in the house.