REVIEW OF:  The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin

Reviewed by:  Colin

In The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, a heap of families are invited to Sunset Towers, a beautiful lake-side apartment home.  They are living just fine, but then 16 of them got a letter that instructed them to go to Sam Westing’s mansion for the reading of his will.  They were all excited because Sam Westing was a very rich man; little did they know the surprise that awaited them.  The will was not your average will, you see.  Instead it was a game.  The will said  that Sam Westing did not die from natural causes, but that he was murdered by one of them!  The will also said whoever found out who murdered Sam Westing would get his inheritance.  The 16 potential heirs would be put into groups of two and given a check for $10,000 and a handful of clues.  Will the heirs find out who murdered Sam Westing or will they die trying to find out?

I think The Westing Game was an fantastic book.  One reason I liked it was because of the fun slew of characters.  They each had intricate personalities.  I also was fascinated by the plot of the book.  It was mysterious and you never knew what would happen next.  Overall I think the Westing Game is a must-read.

I recommend The Westing Game to ages 10 and up.  There are a couple of gruesome scenes and the ending is very confusing.  I also recommend this to slightly older kids because the older you are, the more you will get out of it. The Westing Game is not a book you forget; it is a book you remember.