Friday, March 22, 2013
The Westing Game (1979)
This was a fun book. Samuel Westing throws 16 people together who in some way have touched his life. Many of them feel they have been wronged by him somehow, and he seems to want to put things right but without them knowing it directly. They have to really work for it.
Mr. Westing "dies" and his will includes a series of clues for the "players" (heirs) to follow to try to find out who killed him. The implication being that it was one of them. He has them work in pairs and the way he puts the teams together really helps each individual to realize their strengths and develop their potential. Even the grown-ups in the game find they have a lot to learn, maybe even more than the children.
The game is cleverly developed and the writing is good. I don't want to give anything away, as it is a who-dun-it, but I would definitely recommend this book.
Raskin, Ellen. The Westing Game. E.P. Dutton, 1978.