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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
  • 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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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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THE WESTING GAME

VERY GOOD LOVED THE STORY NOT SO MUCH OF THE READER BUT OVER ALL VERY GOOD

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Clues Abound

The Storyteller was phenomenal! and the story itself is a good one! It makes me want to read more of Raskin's earlier work.

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Amazing!

This is a beautifully written and read book. It is a thriller type murder mystery book but is still appropriate for 3rd or 4th grade and up! If you are younger or scare really easily, I wouldn’t suggest reading this at night or before bed. It is a book that you have to experience. There are so many plot twists and clues that you can keep up with. You can even play along as you read!! 😍 This is a definite 10/10!!!!

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marvelous mystery

A little difficult to follow initially but turns into a great story and mystery. The self talk the characters have really helps to develop complexity .Loved it!

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Absolutely loved it!

Loved It! The narrator is amazing and makes you visualize the characters. The story unfolds in a very interesting way.

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great!

very good book. great narration. Narrator Casandra Campbell does the voices beautifully. would recommend for all ages.

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it was ok

it wasn't boring but it wasn't really a win with me. It's an enjoyable quick story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-18

Inspired to go kick some shins!

Well behaved women rarely make history - so we were rooting for Turtle from the start!