Guest Post: The Westing Game

The Westing Game

We welcome reviews from other book lovers on our submissions page. Today’s guest post is from Amy, a librarian and avid reader. Check out one of her favorite books below.

When I first read The Westing Game, I lived on the east coast and only had a vague idea as to where Lake Michigan was located. Funny that life has placed me mere miles from the Lake today and I can still picture that apartment building on the Lake Michigan shore where The Westing Game begins.

A classic mystery, where things are not always what they seem makes The Westing Game such a fun story. The first page lays a fantastic foundation, and if you are clever enough to connect the dots and solve the mystery before the characters, you’ll see the brilliance of Ellen Raskin’s opening. So begins The Westing Game: The apartment building on Lake Michigan is called Sunset Towers, yet it faces east. Sunset Towers has no actual towers. Letters are being delivered by a 62-year-old delivery boy and those letters are signed by someone who does not exist.

Confused yet? Add in a unique cast of characters, from teenagers to senior citizens, a dead body, a bizarre will, the promise of a million dollars, a girl named Turtle, and a pile of clues, literally. What’s not to love? I’ve read The Westing Game at least a dozen times and it never gets old. The fun isn’t in knowing who-dun-it, the fun it this book is definitely in the getting-there.

On a more personal note: my favorite person (my late grandma) first introduced me to this book. A teacher and librarian, she had a great taste in books…. mostly. She never had any use for Harry Potter. But that’s another story…

She did like a good mystery, though. If you don’t take my advice, take hers.

Ryann’s note: Ellen Raskin donated early drafts and cover art of The Westing Game to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Visit the site for a unique, inside look into how authors created works prior to word processors.

Have you read The Westing Game? If not, what books have you read over and over again?

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10 Responses

  1. This was a great book! I did not read it until I was teaching sixth-grade. I think the kids liked it too, but They probably would’ve liked it more if I didn’t give them a huge packet to fill out as they read. I didn’t like those packets either, but that was what we did. The westing game is One of my favorite mysteries and I’m not a mystery fan.

  2. WOW!! Wow – my best friend and I talk about this book all the time. i think this was my first obsession book – I wouldn’t rest until everyone I knew read it. I was probably 11. I need to reread it!

  3. I think I should add that I have worn down the paperback Gram gave me and bought a hardcover copy several years ago….. Ok, so Gram really gave the book to my brother first, but it was getting ignored and dusty on his shelf and I saved it from an unfortunate fate: never being read. Anyway, can you guess which copy I prefer?

  4. I haven’t read this one ( it’s going on the pile ;-)) but I have LOTS of read overs. Pride and Prejudice, Loretta Chase’s Lord Perfect, Lisa Kleypas’s Devil in Winter, Laura Lippman’s I’d Know You Anywhere, Tom Franklin’s Crooked Letter Crooked Letter and Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora among many others.

    Thanks for the review.

  5. I have read this book 16 times (I confess, I taught it for several years when I taught seventh grade). I have read widely, but I can never remember loving any book more than this one!

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