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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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