the westing gameReview of: The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin

Reviewed by: Jackson

BOOM! BANG! SCREAM!  In The Westing Game  by Ellen Raskin, there is a shin-kicking girl named Turtle Wexler who goes into the Westing house for a dare.  Twelve minutes later, she comes out screaming because Mr. Westing is dead.  The next day, residents from Sunset Towers receive letters from Barney Northrup to meet at the Westing house for the reading of the will.  They soon find out they are potential heirs and they must play a game to figure out who murdered Mr. Westing.  All of the heirs are paired together and have two clues.  If you winyou get all of Mr. Westing’s money.   Turtle is determined to win and get the money, but someone is bombing Sunset Towers and worrying all of the heirs.  One of the heirs, Sandy McSouthers, gets poisoned by the murderer!  Everybody saw Crow fill Sandy’s flask so now all of the heirs think Crow did IT.  Who will win and get all the money?

I thought the novel was wonderful.  One reason I liked it was that it is sort of complicated.  But then you put the pieces together and  it makes sense.  For example, there is a plot twist after you think know who the murderer is.  Another reason  is that each character is very unique.  For instance, Sydelle Pulaski paints her crutches and Turtle kicks peoples’ shins.  What I am really trying to say is I think you should read  The Westing Game!

I highly recommend this novel to others.  I would recommend this book for ages 8-12 and people who like a mystery because there is a murder and there are a lot of characters; and younger readers would get confused with the large number of characters. Overall, this book was a really good fit for me and I hope it is for you too.