Tween & Teen Tuesday
Every Tuesday, we review either a juvenile (J) or young adult (YA) book
The Westing Game
Ellen Raskin (Juvenile Mystery)
After missing for 13 years, millionaire industrialist Sam Westing is discovered dead in his bed. Sixteen letters are hand delivered to each heir of his $200 million estate, thus setting in motion a most frantic and fantastic game. The rules of Sam Westing’s game are simple: heirs compete in teams of two and, by using a unique set of clues, attempt to be the first to discover the identity of Westing’s killer. The catch? The murderer is one of them!
So begins Raskin’s classic mystery thriller that bombards readers with burglars, bombers, and bizarre characters. The book’s initial pace allows readers to comfortably become acquainted with each character (16 is a lot to keep track of!) before zipping along at a whirlwind pace as situations become more perilous and characters grow more desperate to claim the coveted Westing Game prize. Raskin gives us a whodunit that is a delightful, witty, and suspenseful read for any age. Are you ready to play?
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