The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin

A strange man who owns an entire town (Westingtown) has been strangely murdered in his own bed. The next door building, which he also owns, has recently been rented out to quite a few people, all of them very random. Or is it random? Come to find out, they are all heirs in Sam Westing’s will, however most of them never even knew the man.

In Sam Westing’s will, he claims that he was killed by one of the heirs (16 in all) and that whoever solves the Westing Game will win the estate. Pairing the 16 heirs, each one is given a set of clues and left to figure out the answer.

Stakes are high as each pair desperately tries to solve the puzzle, but Sam Westing is a clever man. Can anyone figure out the answer before the murderer strikes again?


Like I said, this is my favorite book of all time. So intriguing…I am always on the edge of my seat, even after the 10th time! The audio is also superb – Jeff Woodman is a fantastic narrator, giving each character a distinct voice.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Violence: 6/10 (a dead body, some gross descriptions; they are investigating a murder)


Inappropriateness/Romance: 1/10

Audience: Ages 10 and up.


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