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Thursday 20 January 2022

Junior Review: The Westing Game

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin is a confounding, confusing mystery thriller, so be prepared to get scared and follow the winding road of unexpected events. If you are a middle school reader like me , this may be one of your first mystery novel of its kind.

 It all started with chosen tenants in an apartment building, and one mistake. An abandoned house, a puff of smoke and neatly delivered letters prompts a murder investigation. 

That’s the main question for these carefully chosen tenants, for step by step, as they figure it out, there might be a prize at the end. But later on, in this mind boggling game, a question pops into 12-year old Turtle Wexler’s mind; was it ever a murder to begin with? 

This complex mystery combines strangers in a murder mystery, but what do they have in common? They all knew Sam Westing, the victim, found dead in his house, in some way, shape, or form, even though they might not say it. 

Will you be able to spot the murderer in the crowd of strangers? What starts off as an ordinary day, will never finish off the same in The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. 


Author Ellen Raskin has written a novel where the suspect hides in plain sight, oblivious to anyone else. This is not a straightforward murder case that has been put forth, but one where you are constantly trying to comprehend the shocking events that take place. I hope you enjoy this mystery experience different from any other. 


Title: The Westing Game

Author: Ellen Raskin

Illustrator: Kevin Hawkes(2003 Edition)

Publisher: Dutton’s Children Books, $33.12

Publication Date: June 1, 1978

Format: Hardcover (Anniversary Edition)

ISBN: 9780525471370

Age Group: 8 - 13

Type: Middle Grade Fiction