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The Westing Game (1978)

por Ellen Raskin

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10,610323543 (4.08)2 / 314
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.
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    From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler por E. L. Konigsburg (infiniteletters, Usuario anónimo)
  2. 50
    The Mysterious Benedict Society por Trenton Lee Stewart (bezoar44)
    bezoar44: The Mysterious Benedict Society features a team of kids working to solve puzzles and unravel a dangerous mystery at a claustrophobic boarding school; the Westing Game pits several teams of kids and adults, residents of an apartment building, against one another in a race to decode a will and solve several related mysteries.… (más)
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    Father's Arcane Daughter por E. L. Konigsburg (ansate)
  6. 10
    El enigma Vermeer por Blue Balliett (infiniteletters)
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    Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library por Chris Grabenstein (trollsdotter)
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    The Egypt Game por Zilpha Keatley Snyder (g33kgrrl)
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    La ciudad de la oscuridad por Jeanne DuPrau (SFRFS335)
    SFRFS335: Both books are amazingly written.
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ack! i just managed to come across this here and then realized it's a book i've been trying to find the identity of for a long long time!!! i read this in childhood and i remember loving it. i'll have to look for a copy, somehow. or maybe i should leave it be? no, i really want to read it again. sigh, i love when long-time mysteries are solved.

update:

found a copy and it held up -- no wonder i loved this book as a kid: strong girl character, interesting mystery, commentary on all sorts of issues, like ableism, sexism (including mail-order brides and good girl syndrome), racism, classism, but none touched upon with too heavy a hand.

the one comment i would make, without giving anything away, is one part of the mystery is so completely obvious, at least to most americans, that it's hard to believe the characters wouldn't find it obvious, as well. but, no, we go almost 200 pages before someone "suddenly" puts 2 and 2 together and aha! duh. luckily, that's not all there is to the mystery, which keeps giving until the very end.

awesome. ( )
  J.Flux | Aug 13, 2022 |
A seemingly random group of 16 people are gathered for the reading of the will of Sam Westing. Instead, they are all given a challenge to find Westing's murderer. They are grouped into teams of two, and each team is given an envelope full of clues.

A cute book, lots of twists and turns (too many maybe). I like the premise, but I'm really not the target audience for this book - really a children's book. ( )
  sriddell | Aug 6, 2022 |
This was just as silly and just as enjoyable as I remembered.
I was not QUITE as bothered as I was when I was 14 by the unrealistic suggestion that a high school track athlete would skip school the day before a big meet to sprint around town, rather than rest his legs. ( )
  ZannaZori | Aug 3, 2022 |
I'm not big into mysteries, but this one's a Newbery winner and came recommended by a friend. I found it fun despite the genre and would recommend it for middle-grade children.

There is a puzzle within the mystery, which they can solve as they read. There are also some great characters that are used to address how readily we dismiss the intellect and value of those with disabilities as well as how we stereotype Afro-Americans and immigrants.

Be advised that it was published in the late 70s and there are a couple of instances where terminology is used which one wouldn't expect to hear today. As an example, the word "retarded" is used to refer both to mental disability and Down's Syndrome (which is called Mongoloidism in the book). As shocking and insulting as that seems now, at the time it was considered the proper terminology, and the author's intent was obviously to confront stereotypes and biases.

The three star rating is more a reflection of my personal tastes than the quality of the book. For those who enjoy this genre more, I expect 4 stars would be closer to the mark. I rate for myself though. :) ( )
  Zoes_Human | Jul 16, 2022 |
I re-read The Westing Game to confirm my fourth-grade memory that it is in fact the greatest murder mystery ever written. It didn't quite live up to my expectations of suspense this time, but it is a pretty good puzzle. ( )
  IVLeafClover | Jun 21, 2022 |
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The book seems to suggest that the real American inheritance is transformation, and that American transformation is a mercurial thing.
añadido por g33kgrrl | editarThe New Yorker, Jia Tolentino (Jun 13, 2019)
 
añadido por g33kgrrl | editarPublic Books, Nicholas Dames (Jul 4, 2018)
 
Ultimately, although the story is an exciting who-done-it, the emphasis on the ‘who’ is what keeps readers coming back. The characters make the story interesting, and they make the reader think, and that is exactly what a powerful book should do.
añadido por g33kgrrl | editarWales Arts Review, B. J. Epstein (Feb 13, 2014)
 
If Raskin's crazy ingenuity has threatened to run away with her on previous occasions, here the complicated game is always perfectly meshed with character and story. Confoundingly clever, and very funny.
añadido por g33kgrrl | editarKirkus Reviews, starred review (May 1, 1978)
 

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for Jenny who asked for a puzzle-mystery and Susan K.
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The sun sets in the west (just about everyone knows that), but Sunset Towers faced east. Strange!
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Clues, they had to work on those clues. Behind closed doors. Whisper, someone may be listening.
Remember: It is not what you have, it's what you don't have that counts.
A dressmaker, a secretary, an inventor, a doctor, a judge. And, oh yes, one was a bookie, one was a burglar, one was a bomber, and one was a mistake.
Purple waves.
“Take stock in America, my heirs, and sing in praise of this generous land. You, too, may strike it rich who dares to play the Westing game.”
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