A Bizarre Chain Of Events Begins When Sixteen Unlikely People Gather For The Reading Of Samuel W Westing S Will And Though No One Knows Why The Eccentric, Game Loving Millionaire Has Chosen A Virtual Stranger And A Possible Murderer To Inherit His Vast Fortune, One Thing S For Sure Sam Westing May Be Dead But That Won T Stop Him From Playing One Last Game A well written, twisty puzzle of a mystery, filled with fantastic clues, unforgettable characters, and countless red herrings Turtle Wexler will always be a hero to me. This book sounded like it would be lots of fun, and I read it hoping for a great mystery In the end I think there were too many characters, and not enough information to make any of them seem real to me I never really got why they were who they were, except on the most basic level Each character was just glossed over, and even though they were described in a basic way, there was nothing to really draw me in or make me care about them. I think I first read The Westing Game in third or fourth grade I checked it out of a public school library in Missouri I loved it, returned it, and checked it again a few months later on another weekly library visit Two things 1 Why should children only go to the library once a week My education would have been brighter and fuller had I just stayed in the library Other kids could have had time with the restroom pass, but instead I hoarded that thing and sat on the white raised seat reading away I m sure my teacher must ve been concerned over my restroom needs habits 2.I loved Turtle, the girl with the braids that beg to be pulled I braided my hair like Turtle s and liked whirling around and using them as weapons against boys coming in for the kisschase win Which was a good development because a couple of years earlier I bit Rashad Ware when he lumbered towards me for a smooch I told my parents that I didn t bite him just was running with my mouth open and happened to want to close it when his arm showed up Back to the book Still, years later, in love with Turtle, only the mother in me now has room to love Flora Baumbach, hair braider, as well And Mrs stickyfingers Hoo, my new favorite So, still in love with the book The whizzbang puzzle mystery abides, only the clues are not as mysterious and I did wish that purple waves meant something really, really sinister and twisted But that s just my maturity showing So great to be grown up This was a sister book club pick My youngest sister had never read it apparently, an epic fail in my big sister job on that one But, it s good to see that I did well enough a job that she knew to find it herself and suggest it for book club I ve helped raise a responsible adult Even if she liked Crow, the woman in black My middle sister took a long time, too long of a time, to read this book But she finished, liked it, and all is well This would be a great family read aloud book But, to stop my eldest from reading ahead I would have to hide it really well Maybe even have clues And a wax dummy dead body Long live the Westing Game. I read this little book for the first time not as a child but as an adult I was looking for a book to kick off our Junior High book club and picked up the Westing Game to see if it might be a good place to begin I wish that I had found this book earlier in my life What kid wouldn t be captivated by wonderful characters thrown together to play a game hosted by a dead millionaire Don t get me wrongMr Westing isn t a vampire or a zombie he s just decided that his heirs need to do a little puzzle solving in order to earn their share of his estate While the mystery and the puzzles are fun and wonderfully clever, it s the characters that really make this novel All of the characters reside and work in the same high rise apartment building within view of the looming Westing estate Getting snowed in with them is like being trapped with the most interesting people you could imagine both good and bad By the end of the novel it s almost like you re part of a family reunion you know these people so well.Do yourself a favor if you re a kid pick up this book and have a wonderful time if you re an adult pick up this book and enjoy being a kid again I just want to cut to the chase the last three chapters, over the course of about nine pages, are some of the most moving I ve read in a book written for kids life, loss, death growing up and getting old compassion and empathy sadness and mourning, sweetness and light it s all there such a generosity of spirit from Ellen Raskin I would have loved to have known her but I sorta feel I do, from those few pages the book itself is a delightful lark a lot of fast paced fun, but with a surprising depth of emotion and a perfect understanding of human nature I particularly enjoyed the diversity of its cast, the cleverness of its puzzles, the sardonic humor, why the scar happened and what it means, and especially mean little Turtle and her deepening friendship with the woman she decides to call Baba. Life, too, is senseless unless you know who you are, what you want, and which way the wind blows What a wild ride this was, and so much fun I don t know how I would have approached this as a child or young adult, but it made me laugh at so many different stages My brain is still feeling a little tingly I never knew what was going to happen next, and I have a feeling that exactly the way Raskin would have wanted it Can t wait to read of her books She said that she wrote for the child in herself, but for once I think she was wrong I think she wrote for the adult in children She never disrespected them or wrote down, because she didn t know how Ann Durell, writing about Ellen Raskin This book was delightful I m still reeling from the fact that the author wrote this straight through without knowing all the plot details or how everything would turn out Sam Westing dies and leaves behind one final game for his 16 heirs who he has move into the same apartment building A bit Agatha Christie mixed in and you are reading about this puzzle Everyone is not who they say they are and the author slowly unravels the mystery.For some reason, this took me far longer to read that it should have It was a quick page turner and the paragraphs switched perspectives almost from sentence to sentence, which made it a little tricky to follow along There were a lot of characters, which also made it hard to keep them all straight, especially the families I really enjoyed getting to know how everything played out, and especially the time gaps in the ending Great book for almost every reader. Really fun, and I know without hesitation what third or fourth grade me loved about it I felt like maybe it dragged a tiny bit in the back half of the second act, but I think that s just me getting ahead of the narrative, and being a little out of the demo.But if you re like 11 to 13 Holy crap, you re gonna love this book, and be on board with it pretty much from the first chapter It was written in 1978, but it doesn t feel dated other than the technology , and it ages very well It has a diverse cast, which I didn t appreciate as a kid, because I didn t know any better, but which I deeply appreciate now Much of it reads as brief vignettes, which made it very easy to pick up and put down.I highly recommend this for young readers, and I highly recommend it a second time to adults who read it when we were kids. Unless you love driving chainsaws through your innards, please do not read The Westing Game The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin, is an extremely horrible clue chasing mystery The books main events take place in a 5 story apartment called Sunset Towers and the Westing Estate The book takes place in Michigan around 1975 When reading the Westing Game, it is no fun than jumping off a cliff for fun Barney Northrup, a sixty two year old salesman, is selling apartment spaces in Sunset Towers to secretly selected sixteen people These people all have connections with Samuel W Westing and are his heirs Soon after the sixteen settle in to Sunset Towers, Samuel W Westing is presumed dead The heirs are all called to the library in the Westing Estate for the reading of the will Although the sixteen heirs are considered the main characters, the book focuses mainly on the Wexler family Grace Wexler is married to Jake Wexler, and they have two kids, Angela and Turtle Grace is house decorator in her mid forties Jake is a podiatrist who now works in the lobby of Sunset Towers, since they moved there Angela is a very calm person who is currently engaged to Denton D Deere, also a doctor Overall, the reason I really I really disliked this book was because how boring it was I was literally sitting there turning a page every five minutes I would not recommend this to anyone Over the weeks, the clues still puzzle the heirs, and many events occur including bombs, injuries, parties, and Read The Westing Game don t to find out what really happens If you do choose to read The Westing Game , they have places for people like you.