As an audiobook, this plot bursting with characters is a little much to keep up with. I would highly recommend reading this one, though.
For some reason I missed out on this one when I was young, but I've been aware of it since I first started working as a librarian years ago. More than any other, it's the title I've seen most referenced again and again as a standard for comparison in reviews and blurbs of newer books. In the world of mysteries for young readers, it's the gold standard that all others are measured against. You could almost call it a cliche, saying, "[This new book] is destined to be a classic like The Westing Game," or, "Readers who were tickled by The Westing Game will love [this new book]." Except calling it a cliche would undermine an appreciation for just how deserving Raskin's book is of the praise. It really is the best.
Ellen Raskin's The Westing Game is a delightful mystery that is also like a game for the reader. The players are assembled, clues are given and the solutions to the puzzles are eventually revealed.
Many reviewers have remarked how they first read The Westing Game as a teenager or around that age. I first read it as an adult and was entertained seeing how everything unfolded. The book's audience is clearly for the younger reader, but adults should appreciate it too.
This book is a murder mystery, but it is not scary. A man dies and in his will, 20 random people are called in. They are paired up. They have to play a game using clues to figure out who killed Mr. Westing. whoever solves the mystery first will recieve all the money left in Mr. Westing's will. At the end there is a good twist that will change the players point of view. This book was very well written, and a must read.
brown_human_26 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over
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