Episode 27: The Westing Game

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The Westing Game

Ever since its publication in 1978, Ellen Raskin’s Newbery Medal-winning The Westing Game has been introducing young readers to key elements of amazing books: a fascinating ensemble cast of characters, a whodunit storyline, and a series of shocking bombshells at the end. It’s no surprise, then, that the novel has endured as a favorite for so many over the years. In Episode 27, guest Lauren Boone joins Alli to break down the many twists and turns of this beloved book, to discuss the way stereotypes were handled by authors in the seventies, and to generally marvel at how freakin’ talented Ellen Raskin was. Follow Lauren — who currently works at Renaissance Literary & Talent — on Instagram (@lalafalana).


Rear Window and Other Stories by Cornell Woolrich


The Westing Game” (Shmoop)

“A Look Back at The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin” (Wales Arts Review, 2014)

“Ellen Raskin’s The Westing Game Taught Us These 12 Life Lessons, Because You Should Never Judge A Book By Its Cover” (Bustle, 2014)

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