The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Book Synopsis:
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.


About the Author

Ellen Raskin is the author of numerous books for young readers, including Figgs and Phantoms, a Newbery Honor book. She died in 1986.

Related Actvities and Web Sites

Westing Game Activities
Here are three activities that use art and writing and can be used in conjunction with the book.

ThinkQuest: The Westing Heirs
Roll your mouse over the windows to explore the characters and plot elements in The Westing Game. This site has descriptions of all the major characters, plus author information, interactive games, and a chess tutorial.

Ellen Raskin This site has a biography of the author and information about her other books and awards. Follow the links to see the original manuscript and working drafts of The Westing Game. There is also an audio file of the author talking about her work.

Learn About Stocks Turtle Wexler plays the stock market. You can start learning about stocks on this fun, interactive site. Pick a company from the menu, and Wally will tell you about its stock.

PBS: Play The Market This is a lesson plan designed to help students gain a better understanding of the stock market.

ThinkQuest: Chess for Kids Here is a thorough introduction to chess. The board and pieces, basic strategy, advanced tactics, and chess puzzles are all covered.

Chess Kids Academy This site has lessons, games, and printable resources for kids who are interested in learning how to play chess.

All About Birds. Chris Theodorakis watches birds and wants to become an ornithologist. Students can learn about birding on this site.