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The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin


Book Summary

If you like complicated mysteries with lots of characters, you will love this book. Sixteen potential heirs move into a brand new apartment building, and each one is connected to Sam Westing, the eccentric millionaire. One of them is responsible for his death. One of them will win millions. One heir is a bomber, one is a high-school track star, one is an ornithologist, and one will go to any lengths for attention.

The Westing Game book cover
The Westing Game

Book Review

This is an outstanding mystery that treats student readers like adults. While the vocabulary, cast of characters, and plot complexity are a bit demanding, the reward is worth it.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Chess
  • Family Relationships
  • Judging Others
  • Responsibility to do the right thing

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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