Not only do I read books, but I love books (especially children’s books), and I bet you do, too!

My Favorite Children’s Chapter Book

Posted: March 25th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Chapter Books | 156,889 Comments »

Hands-down, my favorite chapter book is The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.

It’s the only Newbery Medal winner among my favorite books, and it’s easy to see why it won.  As an adult I find this book as witty and brilliant as ever, especially since it reveals the interior lives of not only the children in the story, but the adults as well.

In 2000, School Library Journal named The Westing Game one of “One Hundred Books That Shaped the Century.”

In the front of the edition I currently own (published by Puffin Books in 1992), there is a quote from The Horn Book describing it as “a fascinating medley of word games, disguises, multiple aliases, and subterfuges – a demanding but rewarding book.”  I couldn’t agree more!

The Westing Game begins with a great first line:  “The sun sets in the west (just about everyone knows that), but Sunset Towers faced east.”  That’s only the first of many strange details in this convoluted and funny mystery.  The story opens with an odd man named Barney Northrup leasing apartments to mysteriously selected tenants.  But at the end of the very first chapter, the reader learns that something has gone wrong…“Barney Northrup had rented one of the apartments to the wrong person.”

After this portentous beginning, the book skips ahead several months and begins to follow the lives of 16 residents of Sunset Towers, who soon find out that they may be heirs to the fortune of eccentric millionaire Samuel Westing.  According to the dictates of his will, the heirs are paired and set off to play the game, win, and inherit millions.

I love the interactions between the characters (especially the adult-child pairs), and I love the way the children are savvy and, at times, much smarter than the grown-ups.  And I love the way this clever mystery unfolds.  The Westing Game is just a sharply-crafted, rollicking good read!


156,889 Comments on “My Favorite Children’s Chapter Book”

  1. 1 http://truckerbin.com/groups/this-hack-lets-you-play-pokemon-go-in-ireland-now-1613676020 said at 10:57 pm on August 28th, 2016:

    So if you’re thinking about going for a Pokemon GO picnic ,
    make sure yoou take plenty of power pacs with you.

  2. 2 fun88 said at 11:00 pm on August 28th, 2016:

    It will probably get me out of this mess.

    Feel free to visit my web-site :: fun88

  3. 3 memory supplements said at 11:02 pm on August 28th, 2016:

    Hello my friend! I desire to say that this post
    is great, nicely written and include almost all significant info.

    I’d like to see even more posts such as this.

    Have a look at my webpage :: memory supplements

  4. 4 garcinia cambogia extract reviews said at 11:02 pm on August 28th, 2016:

    Hello mates, its enormous piece of writing on the topic of
    tutoringand completely explained, keep it up all the
    time.

    My web blog; garcinia cambogia extract reviews

  5. 5 http://www.chobani.com/culture/recipes/chicken-salad-sandwich said at 11:08 pm on August 28th, 2016:

    Hi there, You’ve done an excellent job. I’ll definitely digg it and in my
    view suggest to my friends. I’m confident they
    will be benefited from this site.

    my blog :: sealare utilized, http://www.chobani.com/culture/recipes/chicken-salad-sandwich,

  6. 6 converting plastic to oil said at 11:16 pm on August 28th, 2016:

    Its like you read my mind! You appear converting plastic to oil know so much about this, like
    you wrote the book in itt or something. I thgink that you could do with some pics tto drive
    the message home a bit, but ijstead of that, this is magnificent blog.
    An excellent read. I’ll ertainly be back.

  7. 7 produit bio said at 11:16 pm on August 28th, 2016:

    J’y revins encore une demi-heure apres, avec un de mes cousins: non-seulement l’oiseau s’etait apercu que son nid avait ete envahi,
    mais, a ma grande surprise, je reconnus que, dans sa colere, il en avait bouche l’entree,
    pour en pratiquer une nouvelle du cote oppose de la haie.

    Look into my homepage … produit bio

  8. 8 DarcieJPaull said at 11:23 pm on August 28th, 2016:

    Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any
    widgets I could add to my blog that automatically
    tweet my newest twitter updates. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for
    quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this.
    Please let me know if you run into anything.
    I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

    My web page; DarcieJPaull

  9. 9 Penney said at 11:38 pm on August 28th, 2016:

    Thanks so much for sharing all of the amazing information! I am
    looking forward to going over more posts!

    Here is my homepage … Penney

  10. 10 Velma said at 11:43 pm on August 28th, 2016:

    Slightlyy bigger than a compact but smaller than a full size.
    The county’s wealth is largely the result of federal government spending.
    It also creates different varieties of ordless equipment,energy equipment,
    and multipurpose hand tools.

  11. 11 geniux said at 11:44 pm on August 28th, 2016:

    I absolutely love your site.. Excellent colors & theme.

    Did you make this web site yourself? Please reply back as I’m attempting to create my own personal site
    and would love to find out where you got this
    from or what the theme is called. Kudos!

    My web blog geniux

  12. 12 buy viagra online said at 11:47 pm on August 28th, 2016:

    Not only do the clients receive a decreased rate,
    the personal trainer can design a wide variety of workouts for the clients.

  13. 13 Beanozby said at 11:47 pm on August 28th, 2016:

    写真はその道中、ちょこっと寄った来島海峡大橋の展望台。 その70-696必殺問題集はIT認定試験の準備に使用することができるだけでなく、自分のスキルを向上させるためのツールとして使えることもできます。 [url=http://www.sandiegobankruptcylawyerblog.com/wp-content/60808/office2016_1/index.html]office2016 価格[/url]
    )じゃん!ちゃんとパネルも表示されました! これで一応ウィンドウモードで運転できますね。 外部のユーザーに゗ンスタントメッセージを送信するためにビジネスオンラ゗ン用の Skypeを使用してから 5 つの特定のユーザーを防ぐ必要があります。
    [url=http://www.spptvlive.com/wp-content/60805/office2013_1/index.html]office ダウンロード版[/url] 1316年 – 鎌倉幕府第13代執権北条基時の出家に伴ない、北条高時が鎌倉幕府第14代執権に就任。 ・しかしこの1年を振り返ると、DVDやCDを使うことは全くなかった。
    [url=http://css22.s172.xrea.com/60824/windows10_1/index.html]windows10 激安[/url]
    ただしMicrosoftのディレクトリサービス「Active Directory」を実行する大規模ネットワークとなると、とたんに実用的ではなくなる。 JPexamを選ぶなら、絶対に後悔させません。 [url=http://firefly51.secret.jp/60826/office2016_1/index.html]office2016[/url]
    このブラックリストの提供元はいくつかあり、無料で利用できる。 SLDRミニドライバーですが、どういう人に向いているか?飛距離はいいから・・そこそこ飛んで曲がらなければスコアが減るんだけどなぁ・・・・。
    [url=http://firefly51.secret.jp/60826/office2016_1/index.html]office プロダクトキー[/url] あ、・・・バウンディングボックスのチェックが外れている・・・なんで? 知らないうちにクリックしたか? ンなわけないよね・・・ん~・・・あ、ひょっとしてショートカットキー(Shift + Ctlr + B)を押しちゃった?お、何事もなかったかのようにボックスが表示されたよ。 JPexamのMicrosoftの070-534参考資料を利用した大勢の人々によると、Microsoftの070-534参考資料の合格率は100パーセントに達したのです。
    [url=http://scopp.shohoku.ac.jp/60815/office2016_1/index.html]office 激安[/url]

  14. 14 free tv said at 11:48 pm on August 28th, 2016:

    When someone writes an post he/she maintains the plan of a user in his/her brain that how a user can be aware of it.
    So that’s why this article is amazing. Thanks!

    Have a look at my website free tv

  15. 15 best katana in the world said at 11:49 pm on August 28th, 2016:

    great looking shoe…..

  16. 16 Kamaksan.Com said at 11:51 pm on August 28th, 2016:

    One more suggestion is to have a large major opportunity with narrower roads feeding
    off of it (or broader ones if you have the money).

    Also visit my web-site … Kamaksan.Com

  17. 17 strawberry banana e juice said at 11:51 pm on August 28th, 2016:

    Aw, this was an extremely good post. Spending some time and actual effort to
    produce a really good article… but what can I say… I hesitate
    a lot and never manage to get anythin done.

    Visit my blog … strawberry banana e juice

  18. 18 Trinidad said at 11:55 pm on August 28th, 2016:

    I have beedn surfing online more than 4 hours today, yet
    I nevdr found anyy interesting article like yours. It is
    pretty woth enouh for me. In my opinion, if all site owners and bloggers made good content as you did,
    the internet will be a lot more useful than ever before.|
    I couldn’t refrain ffrom commenting. Well written!|
    I’ll right away seize your rss feed as I can not in finding your email subscription hyperlink or e-newsletter service.
    Do you’ve any? Kindly let me understand sso that I could subscribe.
    Thanks.|
    It’s perfect time to make some plans for the future
    and it is time to be happy. I have read this post and if I
    could I wish tto suggest you somme interesting things or advice.

    Maybe you ccould write net articles referring too this article.
    I want to read even more things about it!|
    It is appropriate time to make a few plans for the future and it is
    time to be happy. I have read this submit and if I may just I desure
    to counsel you some attention-grabbing things or tips. Maybe you could write
    next articles regarding this article. I desire to read even more things about it!|
    I’ve been surfing online more than three hours
    thesse days, yet I by no means found any fascinating article like yours.
    It is beautiful worth sufficient for me. In my opinion, if all web owners aand bloggers
    made good content as you did, the intesrnet will likely be much more helpful than ever before.|
    Ahaa, its pleasant conversation on the topic of this paragraph at this place at this website, I have read all that, sso at this timne me also commenting here.|
    I am sure this paragraph has touched all the internet visitors, itts rezlly really niche piece of writing on building up
    new web site.|
    Wow, this article is pleasant, my sister is analyzing
    these kinds of things, therefore I amm going to inform
    her.|
    Saved as a favorite, I love your web site!|
    Waay cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this write-up and also
    the rest of the website is very good.|
    Hi, I do think this is a great site. I stumbbledupon it 😉 I’m going tto return yeet again since i have book marked it.

    Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue
    to help others.|
    Woah! I’m really loving thee template/theme of this website.
    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s hard
    to get that “perfect balance” between usability and visual appeal.
    I must say you have done a superb job with this.
    In addition, the blog loads super quick for me on Chrome.
    Outstanding Blog!|
    These are in fact enormous ideas in about blogging. You hav toucued some pleasant points here.
    Any way kep up wrinting.|
    I reeally like what you guys tend to be up too. This kind of clever work and coverage!
    Keep up the good works guys I’ve incfluded you guys to blogroll.|
    Hi there! Someone in mmy Myspace group shared this website with us so I
    came to look it over. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my
    followers! Fantastic blog and terrific design.|
    I loove what you guys are up too. This kind of
    clever work and coverage! Keeep up thhe wonderful works guys I’ve added you guys to myy
    blogroll.|
    Hi woud you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using?
    I’m looking to start my own blog iin the near future but I’m aving a tough time selecting betweern BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The rason I ask iss because your design ssems different then most
    blogs and I’m looking for something unique. P.S Apologies for getting off-topic but I
    had to ask!|
    Hello would you mind letting me know which hosting
    company you’re utilizing? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different browsers and I must say this blog lolads a lot faster then most.

    Can you suggest a good innternet hosting provider at a fair price?
    Cheers, I appreciate it!|
    I love it when folks coje together and share views.

    Great site, keep it up!|
    Thank you for the good writeup. It in facct was a amusement account it.
    Look advanced to more added agreeable from you!
    However, how could we communicate?|
    Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heas up.

    The words in your post seem tto be running off the screen iin Safari.
    I’m not sure if thi is a formatting issue or something to do with browser compatibility but I
    figured I’d post to let you know. The design and style look
    great though! Hope yyou geet the issue fixed soon. Thanks|
    This is a topic whiich is close to my heart…
    Cheers! Exactly where are your contact details though?|
    It’s very easy to find out any matter on web as compared to textbooks,
    as I found this paragraph at this web site.|
    Does your site have a contact page? I’m having problems locating it
    but, I’d like to shoot you an email. I’ve got some
    ideas for your blog yoou might be interested in hearing.
    Either way, great site and I look forward to seeing it grow over time.|
    Hello! I’vebeen following your website for a while now annd
    finally got tthe bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from
    Dallas Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the excellent work!|
    Greetings from Colorado! I’m bored at work so I decided
    to check out your blog on my iphone during lunch break. I love the knowledge you provide
    here and can’t wait too take a look when I get home.
    I’m amazed at how quick your blog lpaded on mmy mobile ..
    I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, great blog!|
    Its such as you rerad my thoughts! You seem to grasp a lot approximately this,
    like yyou wrote the e-book in it or something.
    I thimk that you smply could do with a few p.c. to drive the message
    house a little bit, however instead of that, this is excellent blog.
    A fantastic read. I’ll definitely be back.|
    I visitted multiple blogs however the audio quality
    for audio songs current at this website is in fact superb.|
    Hi, i read your blog from time to time and i ownn a similar
    one and i was just curious if you gett a lot of
    spam feedback? If so how do you prevent it, any plugin or anything
    you can suggest? I get so much lately it’s driving me insane so any help is very much appreciated.|
    Greetings! Very useful advice within tthis post! It is
    the little changes that produce the most important changes.
    Thanks foor sharing!|
    I truly love your site.. Very nice colors & theme.
    Did you create this amaxing site yourself?
    Please reply back as I’m planning to create my own personal
    site and would like to find out where you got this from or what the theme is called.
    Kudos!|
    Howdy! Thhis blog post couldn’t be written any better!

    Reading through this argicle reminds me of my previous
    roommate! He always kept talking about this. I most certyainly wilkl send tis article to him.
    Pretty sure he’ll have a very good read. Many thanks for
    sharing!|
    Amazing! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a completely different topic bbut it has pretty much the same lyout
    and design. Wonderful choice of colors!|
    There is definately a lot to learn about this issue.
    I really like all the points you made.|
    You have ade some decent points there. I looked on the web for additional information about the issue aand found most individuals will go along wuth your views on this site.|
    Hi there, I log on to your blog regularly. Your humoristic stle is awesome, keep doung what you’re doing!|
    I simply could not leave your website befoee suggesting that I
    really loved the usual info an individual supply in your visitors?

    Is gonna be back steadily to inspect new posts|
    I needed to thank you for this very good read!! I certainly
    enjoyed every bit of it. I have got you saved as a favorite to look at new stuff you post…|
    Hello, just wanted too say, I liked this article. It was practical.Keep on posting!|
    Hello, Ienoy reading throuugh your post. I wanted to write a little comment to support you.|
    I constantly spent my half an hour to read this blog’s content daily along with a mug of coffee.|
    I all the time emailed this blog post pagte to all my friends,
    as if like to read it after that my friends will too.|
    My coder iss trying to persuade me to move to .netfrom PHP.
    I have always disliked the idea becauuse of the expenses.
    But he’s tfyiong none the less. I’ve been using WordPress on several
    websites ffor about a year aand am nervous about switching
    to another platform. I have heard excellent things about
    blogengine.net. Is theree a way Ican transfer all my worpress content into it?
    Any kind of help would bbe greatly appreciated!|
    Hello! I could hzve sworn I’ve vsited this site before but
    after looking at a few of the posts I realized it’s new
    to me. Anyways, I’m definitely deloghted I found it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back regularly!|
    Terrific work! This is the kind of info that are supposed to be shared around the net.
    Shame on thee seek engines for no longer positioning
    this publish higher! Come on over and consult with my website .Thank you =)|
    Heya i am for the first time here. I found this
    board and I find It truly useful & it helped mee out a lot.
    I hope to give something back and aid others like you heloed me.|
    Hello there, I do believe your website could possibly
    be having browser compatibility issues. Whenever I loolk at your web sikte
    in Safari, it looks fine however, when opening in IE, it
    has some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to provide you with a quick heads up!

    Aside from that, great site!|
    Somepne necessarily assist to make seriously posts I might state.
    That is the very first time I frequented your webhsite ppage and
    to thiss point? I surprised with the research you made to make this particular put up incredible.
    Magnificent job!|
    Heya i’m for the primry time here. I found this board andd I in finding It
    truly helpful & it helped mme outt a lot. I hope to provide something back and help others like youu aided me.|
    Hi there! I siimply want to give youu a huge thumbs up for your excellent info you’ve got here on this post.
    Iwill be returning to your site for more soon.|
    I every timne used to study post in news papers but now as I am a user of net so from now I am usig net for posts,
    hanks to web.|
    Your way of describing everything iin this post is in fact pleasant, all can effortlessly know it, Thanks
    a lot.|
    Hi there, I diuscovered your site by the use of Goopgle
    while looking for a comparable subject, your website got here up, it seems to be good.
    I’ve bookmarked itt in myy google bookmarks.
    Hi there, just changed ino aware of your weblog thru Google, and
    found that it is truly informative. I am gonna be careful
    for brussels.I’ll applreciate iff you proceed
    this in future. Lots of other people will probably be benefited out of your writing.
    Cheers!|
    I’m curious to find out what blog system yoou happen to
    be using? I’m having some minor security issues with my latest blg and I
    would like to find something more safeguarded. Do you have
    any suggestions?|
    I’m really imprezsed wkth your writing skills aand also
    with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself?
    Either way keep up the nide quality writing, it is rare to see a
    nie blog like this one nowadays.|
    I am really impressed together with your writing skills and also with tthe structure in your weblog.
    Is this a paod theme or did you modify it yourself?
    Anyway keep up thee excellent quality writing,
    it’s uncommon to see a nice blog like this one these days..|
    Hello, Neat post. There’s an issue along with your site in wweb explorer,
    might tet this? IE still is the market leder and a huge
    component to people will omit your magnificent writing because of this problem.|
    I am not sure where you’re getting your information, but good topic.
    I needs to spend somje time learning more or understanding
    more. Thanks ffor wonderful info I was looking for this info for my mission.|
    Hi, i think that i saw you visited my weblog thus i came
    to “return the favor”.I’m trying to find things
    to enhance my site!I suppose its ok to use some of your\

  19. 19 ketogenic diet results one month said at 11:59 pm on August 28th, 2016:

    Since these carbohydrate shops are sure
    tightly to water, you possibly can anticipate the vast majority of weight lost in the course of
    the first week of a ketogenic food plan to be water weight.

  20. 20 free tv said at 12:02 am on August 29th, 2016:

    Wow! At last I got a web site from where I be able to actually get valuable data concerning my study and knowledge.

    Look into my web-site – free tv

  21. 21 Malcom Spann said at 12:08 am on August 29th, 2016:

    izmir beydag escort bayan sitesi

  22. 22 Clarence Swager said at 12:11 am on August 29th, 2016:

    bee wild pest control

  23. 23 Mincraft said at 12:17 am on August 29th, 2016:

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this write-up and the rest of the site is
    very good.

  24. 24 Mirtha Berbereia said at 12:24 am on August 29th, 2016:

    knoxville bed bug exterminators

  25. 25 limitless pill said at 12:28 am on August 29th, 2016:

    I truly got into this article. I found it to be interesting as well as loaded with
    unique points of view. I love to read material that makes me think.
    Many thanks for writing this great content.

    Also visit my web site; limitless pill

  26. 26 Maria said at 12:37 am on August 29th, 2016:

    We’re a group of volunteers and starting a brand
    new scheme in our community. Your website provided us with
    valuable information to work on. You have done an outstanding job and our whole community will be happy to you.

    Also visit my web site :: Maria

  27. 27 buy groceries online said at 12:38 am on August 29th, 2016:

    Why viewers still make use of to read news papers when in this technological globe everything is
    existing on net?

  28. 28 plastic into oil said at 12:43 am on August 29th, 2016:

    Hi, I do think this is a great site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I’m going to
    revisit yet again ince I book-marked it. Money and freedom is the
    best way to change, may you bee rich and continue to help other people.

    My web blg :: plastic into oil

  29. 29 betterscooter.com said at 12:45 am on August 29th, 2016:

    Très oui!! Livraison agile!! betterscooter.com superbe , excéllent!! Ego recommande!

  30. 30 Sandra Decoteau said at 12:47 am on August 29th, 2016:

    porn movie

  31. 31 Talent Management said at 12:47 am on August 29th, 2016:

    always i used to red smaller content which aas well clear their motive,
    and that is also happening with this article which I am reading at this time.

    Review my weeb blog; Talent Management

  32. 32 marvel future fight hack no survey no password said at 12:56 am on August 29th, 2016:

    Altogether, you can find more than 30 people (Spiderman, Avengers and daredevil like Hulk,
    Iron-Man, Chief America and many more personalities from your Wonder universe) however, a number
    of these are secured nevertheless, it is possible to uncover
    them through micropayments within the general recreation.

  33. 33 chinese penis size said at 1:07 am on August 29th, 2016:

    thank you for this post, I am a big fan of this web site would like to
    go on updated.

  34. 34 cheap air jordan said at 1:08 am on August 29th, 2016:

    I enjoy you because of each of your effort on this blog. My mother takes pleasure in carrying out research and it’s easy to understand why. Most of us hear all about the dynamic manner you provide very important items through your web site and as well improve contribution from some other people on the subject matter while our simple princess is in fact discovering a whole lot. Enjoy the rest of the new year. You are conducting a good job.

  35. 35 zonbuzz.com/books/the-girl-on-the-train-a-novel said at 1:12 am on August 29th, 2016:

    A motivating discussion is worth commᥱnt.
    I Ьelieve tha yοu shoᥙld publish more on tɦіs subject matter, it miɡht not
    be а taboo subject bսt typically psople ԁo not discuss sսch topics.
    Ƭo the next! Вest wishes!!

    My weblog :: zonbuzz.com/books/the-girl-on-the-train-a-novel

  36. 36 www.youtube.com said at 1:13 am on August 29th, 2016:

    If you want to obtain a good deal from this piece of writing
    then you have to apply such techniques to your won web
    site.

    Check out my site – http://www.youtube.com

  37. 37 pistolet na noge tatu foto said at 1:13 am on August 29th, 2016:

    I believe this is among the so much vital information for me.
    And i am happy studying your article. But want to statement on some basic issues, The
    site taste is wonderful, the articles is in point of fact excellent :
    D. Good process, cheers

    Here is my blog post; pistolet na noge tatu foto

  38. 38 Winnifred Koziak said at 1:13 am on August 29th, 2016:

    caramoan tour package

  39. 39 Domenic Wing said at 1:16 am on August 29th, 2016:

    repair crack in Halifax

  40. 40 Earl Diosdado said at 1:18 am on August 29th, 2016:

    kangen water filter


Leave a Reply