Module 2: Post 2: Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Book Title: The Westing Game

Author: Ellen Raskin

Publisher: Puffin

Published Date: 1978


Sam Westing is rich. He also was just murdered. He brings in 16 of his relatives to live in the same apartment complex, all so they can figure out who the killer is. From the old to the young, no one knows who would kill this mysterious man that most of them didn’t even know they were related to. Through a bunch of twist and turns, the mystery is finally solved.

APA Reference:

Raskin, E. (1978). The westing game. New York, NY: Puffin.


I was really looking forward to reading this book. I had a lot of positive reviews from other people. I was a little disappointed. The narration was long and drawn out and very hard to keep going. By the end, I didn’t care what or who was the killer.

Professional Review:

Ghosts, dead bodies, mysterious messages, unexpected legacies, dangerous explosives, and maybe even a murder add up to a dazzling choice for an audiobook. Add to these components an overabundance of characters, an almost infinite number of clever clues, and a Rubik’s cube of a plot, and the combination threatens to turn dazzling into dizzying. Enter Jeff Woodman, master of many voices, untangler of tongues. Few narrators could guide listeners through this potentially daunting auditory experience — part plot, part puzzle, part pyrotechnics — with so much aplomb, and give so much pleasure. From the soft burring tones of a brogue to an annoyingly nasal New York whine, Woodman holds up an auditory scoreboard: who’s up; who’s on; who’s out. Who wins? The listener!

Beavin, K. (1999). The Westing Game. Horn Book, 75(3), 357.

Library Use:

This book could be used as a introduction into mystery. A program with clues that can be found around the library and at the end is the “killer” can be done.


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