The Westing Game

by Ellen Raskin

Turtle Wexler isn’t the kind of child who turns down a dare. A chance to earn... read more

Turtle Wexler isn’t the kind of child who turns down a dare. A chance to earn two dollars a minute for venturing into the deserted Westing house appeals to her mercenary instincts (her quick calculation shows that a mere 25 minutes inside the house would cover a subscription to The Wall Street Journal ). The corpse that Turtle discovers mid-dare marks her entry into The Westing Game, in which sixteen unlikely individuals vie for the opportunity to inherit the deceased man’s fortune. Winner of the 1979 Newbery Medal, Ellen Raskin’s timeless mystery is an intricate construction of clues, wordplay, dead ends, and last minute surprises. More than a clever puzzle, the interactions of the potential heirs offer insight into relationships, love, differences, and tolerance. This new edition includes a moving tribute to the author in an introduction by Ann Durrell, editor of The Westing Game. (Ages 9–12)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2004

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