Sunday, March 9, 2008

Ellen Raskin. THE WESTING GAME

This is a gem of a mystery that won the Newbery award. And somehow, I’m just now discovering it. When millionaire Sam Westing dies, he gathers sixteen people together for the reading of the will. He calls these people his “heirs” although none appear to actually be related to him. The will states that one of the sixteen heirs killed him, and the first person to solve the mystery will inherit his 200 million dollars. The sixteen are paired off into teams and each given a set of clues. The clues are a set of words. Each team has a different set, and they have to decide to work together or compete to win the millions. What a great mystery! The clues are puzzling, the characters are intriguing, and it was a lot of fun trying to piece it all together.