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Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

        The Westing Game is the most unique book I have ever read. In The Westing Game, you follow the death of Millionaire Samuel Westing. In Samuel’s will, he leads his heirs to believe he was murdered. Mr. Westing told them (through the will) that he knew who murdered him-it was one of them. And it was their job to figure out who it was. How? The only way was to play the Westing Game. The heirs were split into teams of two. Each team was given four clues. They had to be cautious, because the killer just might strike again.

         The Westing Game took a while to grab my full attention, but once it had, it never let go. It can get a little complicated to keep track of all the characters, but the ending is well worth the wait. It’s an unusually complete book. Every clue is followed to excruciating detail, no clue, item, or character is misplaced. You won’t be left wondering about loose ends. And what’s more, it is complex-there are clues within clues within clues. As you investigate every minute detail with the characters you discover that the clues aren’t that small at all. The Westing Game is incomparable. If you choose to read this book, you’ll never forget it, and you’ll never regret it.

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