The Westing Game

The Westing Game
Ellen Raskin

Who is Sam Westing, really?

Who is Sam Westing, really?

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 182
Age Range: 11 and up
Year: 1978
Genre: Mystery

Eighteen people are chosen to live in Sunset Towers apartments, 16 of whom are heirs to self-made millionaire Sam Westing. The heirs are presented with the will of Mr. Westing in the form of a cryptic puzzle that must be solved, in teams of 2 that they are placed in. Whoever solves the puzzle becomes the rightful heir to Westing’s $200 million estate. Bombs explode, property is stolen, and new identities are created as the reader finds out that not everyone is exactly who they claim to be in this game of human chess. Which of the heirs will be clever enough to solve the puzzle in time to inherit Westing’s millions? Can you solve it first?

This book is great for anyone who likes mysteries with a lot of twists and turns in the plot, although the language might be a little advanced for ELs. It would be great for a book group, and lends itself especially well to creating a map/diagram of the characters as there are a lot of details to remember and it can be a little confusing to keep track of them all.

-Mr. Dave


1 Comment

Filed under Age Range: 11 and up, Author: Ellen Raskin, Genre: Mystery, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 1970s

One response to “The Westing Game

  1. When Sam Westing, an eccentric millionaire, dies mysteriously, sixteen people are gathered together for the reading of the will only to discover they might be heirs to the Westing estate, but only if they play Westing’s game. In pairs, the sixteen people must figure out the clues they are given which point to the person who is the true heir to the estate. However, the pairs must beware, there is a murderer in their midst.

    Anyone who loves mysteries will love this book. It draws you in from the beginning and leaves you wanting to figure out Westing’s clues yourself.

    -Ms. Kost

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