Ellen Raskin

Ellen Raskin

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in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, The United States
March 13, 1928

August 08, 1984



About this author

Ellen Raskin was a writer, illustrator, and designer. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and grew up during the Great Depression. She primarily wrote for children. She received the 1979 Newbery Medal for her 1978 book, The Westing Game.

Ms. Raskin was also an accomplished graphic artist. She designed dozens of dust jackets for books, including the first edition of Madeleine L'Engle's classic A Wrinkle in Time.

She married Dennis Flanagan, editor of Scientific American, in 1965.

Raskin died at the age of 56 on August 8, 1984, in New York City due to complications from connective tissue disease.

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The Westing Game
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Who, Said Sue, Said Whoo?
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Ghost in a Four-Room Apartment
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Moose, Goose and Little Nobody
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More books by Ellen Raskin…
“Life, too, is senseless unless you know who you are, what you want, and which way the wind blows.”
Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game

“Smiling without good reason is demeaning.”
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