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Persephone Book Club: Introducing The Westing Game

It’s book club Thursday once again, and we’re ready to start digging into our second book, The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. Have you all dug out your old copies or found a new copy? Awesome. 

The Westing Game is a classic murder mystery with a twist.  Aimed at younger readers (late elementary – early middle school), the book is both clever and charming and filled with a cast of interesting, vividly drawn characters. The story is fast-paced and peppered with clues.

I read The Westing Game for the first time in third grade as part of the summer reading program at my library, and I loved it. I’d read a pretty good chunk of the children’s section already, and I remember being absolutely tickled at the way The Westing Game played with words and ideas. It sparked a life-long love of puzzles and mysteries.

The Westing Game‘s protagonist is Turtle Wexler, fearless girl genius, and she’s way more fun than that Encyclopedia Brown fellow. In The Westing Game, she’s joined by fourteen other characters, and none of them are what they seem. (But there are clues in the parentheticals.)

In the coming weeks, we’ll be looking at all the details, much like we did with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and digging into some fun surprises along the way. We can’t book club (yes, I’m making that a verb for today) a mystery without a little mystery of our own, so we’ll also be doing a few projects that tie in with how the mystery is revealed in the book.

I’m really excited to dig into this with you all. The Westing Game has been one of my top 10 favorite books for the better part of 30 years.


By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

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