The Westing Game

Book review by Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Would-be heirs compete for a fortune in classic mystery.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 28 reviews

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age 8+

Literally the best mystery novel for intelligent, curious, strong, girls who need more female role models in children's lit!

So I read this novel 32 years ago and had the profound privilege of reading it to my daughters when they were around 7 and 10. We were all three of us, unable to pry ourselves away from this book. The plot is ingenious, the characters are so real and humanely developed and relatable, and best of all, the female characters are tremendous role models. I wish I could give this book 5 baziliion stars. It remains one of the most cherished memories of my children's childhood - discovering this magical novel together.

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Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
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I'm a teacher from Greensburrow Kentucky who decided to read this book with my gifted learning kids. They are just in the 4th grade, and I didn't want to scare them too much. I also didn't was any sex seens. None of these happened, but this book is alot darker than most adults said. They haven't actually read this book. Not only is it about murder, but it is the most boring book that I have ever read. It only has like 200 pages, but it legitimately took forever. I mean, this is 100% the most boring book ever. I asked all of the kids whether they liked it or not, and none of them enjoyed it. What a shocker! Out of the 13 kids in the program, 4 asked to leave, and 8 failed. I know that the program wasn't hard, the book was just evil. Please do not make the same mistake that I did.

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Too much consumerism

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