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The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
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Nov 19, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: ya-lit-2011-2012
Read from November 13 to 19, 2011

**** The Westing Game is a mystery that keeps you guessing right up to the end.

In this Newbery Award winning novel, sixteen people find themselves competing for Samuel Westing fortune. Each heir is paired up with another heir and given 10,000 dollars and a set of clues. Through a blizzard and three bombs the heirs work with their partners to find the answer so they can win Mr. Westing’s fortune. Along the way each heir realizes that his/her partner has more to offer then he/she originally thought.
Themes: forgiveness, friendship, strategy,
Genre: mystery, written before I was born, Award winner
Characters: There are sixteen major players but the four listed below are the most important in my opinion.
Turtle Wexler- The second child in her family she is overshadowed by her beautiful older sister Angela. Turtle’s mother does not pay much attention to her. Turtle is known for her temper and the hard kicks she gives out to those who anger her. Turtle is very intelligent and has good intuition.
Angela Wexler is beauty who is engaged to Denton Deere (a doctor). Angela is tired of everyone deciding her life for her and is looking for some independence.
Sydelle Pulaski is a secretary who is starving for attention. She is Angela’s partner in the Westing game and is very interested in piecing together the clues.
Judge Ford- She is one of the only heirs who actually met Samuel Westing. As a child she lived in the Westing mansion. Judge Ford knows how much Samuel Westing liked games and strategy which makes her suspicious of the whole situation. She is determined to figure out who murdered Samuel Westing.
Interesting Information: This novel won the Newbery Award in 1979. There are multiple references to the game of chess. I read this book ages ago and found myself unable to remember what had happened so the end was a great surprise.

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