In Language Arts class we read the mystery book, The Westing Game, which was written by Ellen Raskin and won a Newbery Award in 1979. I really liked this book. At first it was confusing but then everything made sense. The book is about a man named Sam Westing who has come back to the town WestingTown in Wisconsin to seek his heir. Sam Westing suddenly dies, and brings together all of his “heirs” to his mansion for the reading of his will. In his will he describes how he was murdered by one of the heirs in the room. Sam Westing creates a nasty game for each heir to find out which one is not who they say they are and when the murderer will strike again. Read the Westing Game by Ellen Raskin to find out who the guilty one is.
In class, we read a book called The Westing Game. It is not a very long book, but it is so intricately compiled and written that it matches the detail of a book twice its depth and length. It is categorized as a “cozy mystery”, which means that it is set in a small town, with wealth, and there is death with no gore and detail. I enjoyed reading it and finding out the possible solutions to the Westing Game Mystery.
The actual answer is so off track from what I had surmised that I was shocked. It was not a suspenseful or exciting book, but it was interesting all the same. We learned the elements of a mystery in class. They are Family, Information, Games, Patriotism, and Identity. Family plays a part because of the main character, Turtle. She is in a family in which she is not the favored child, but instead, quite the opposite. Information plays a role where some characters try to find out all about the other Westing Heirs. Games play a huge role. Sam Westing was a chess master, and he was famous for the queen’s sacrifice. When someone is playing chess with Theo, Doug finds out who it is, which leads to an important discovery. Patriotism is also very important. Sam Westing was a huge patriot who was famous for his Fourth Of July pageants. This novel is short, but it is amazingly detailed.
When I first started reading The Westing Game, I thought it was just going to be another mystery, where you know who committed the crime halfway through the book. As my class progressed through the book, I started to realize that The Westing Game was much more complicated than I thought. Ellen Raskin, the author, writes so many clues; some are hidden, and some are put right under your nose, but you don’t notice them. Simple words such as rose (don’t worry, this is not a spoiler) suddenly become blaring clues. It’s amazing how such a simple book can be so complex. The Westing Game may seem like just another mystery book, but I strongly recommend that you read it.
In Language Arts class we finished reading The Westing Game and just recently took a test on it. When we first started reading The Westing Game, it was hard to keep track of it. I like how in the middle you think you know that you’ve figured it out, but then a twist comes and makes you rethink about what you have concluded. The Westing Game was really well written, in my opinion. The characters in this book are also very interesting and sometimes mysterious. I would really recommend this book to other people because before I read this book I didn’t like reading mysteries as much as I do now.
Missing Since Monday by Ann M. Martin is about a 16 year old girl named Maggie who is taking care of her four year old sister named Courtenay while her dad and her stepmom are on their honeymoon. One day Maggie puts her sister on her school bus and her sister does not come home. Maggie is very worried so she calls the school. The school says she never walked in to the school that day. The police think it is Maggie’s real mom who took Courtenay. Can Maggie prove that her mom is innocent? I really like Missing Since Monday. Ann Martin really does a good job explaining what is happening. I couldn’t put it down! I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars and I would recommend this book to people who like to read mysteries.