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Ellen Raskin (1928–1984)

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Ellen Ermingard Raskin (March 13, 1928 - August 8, 1984) was an American writer, illustrator and fashion designer. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was educated at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Primarily a children's author, she received the 1979 Newbery Medal for her 1978 book mostra altro The Westing Game and a 1975 Newbery Honor for her 1974 book Figgs & Phantoms. She was also an accomplished graphic artist. Raskin died at the age of 56 on August 8, 1984 in New York City. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra meno

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JULY - SPOILERS - The Westing Game in The Green Dragon (Luglio 2014)
I'd like to think YA Mystery in Name that Book (Luglio 2010)


I don't know how I missed out on reading The Westing Game a kid. Maybe it just wasn't available at my library which didn't have a lot of contemporary (at the time) books. Reading it as an adult, I didn't even feel like it was a watered-down or dumbed-down version of a mystery for younger readers. Very clever. However, it was published in the 1970s, so there are some outdated phrases or views regarding race and disabilities, such as describing an Asian as "inscrutable" or Mongoloid instead of Downs Syndrome. In spite of this, an enjoyable read and Turtle is definitely a memorable character.… (altro)
ValerieAndBooks | 337 altre recensioni | Mar 13, 2024 |
I barely remember reading this when I was a kid, but my 11 year old just finished it for school and raves about it, so, 5 stars!
lelandleslie | 337 altre recensioni | Feb 24, 2024 |
"The Westing Game" is like a 1970s middle-grade novel version of "Knives Out" with a splash of "Mr. Limoncello's Library" - and is so charmingly clever! There is so much that builds a great atmosphere here: the sprawling cast of quirky characters; the Halloween-into-winter setting; the word puzzles and clues that (while tricky) are still solvable by the reader; good old fashioned red herrings; and just this great vein of whimsy that runs through the story. It's goofy at times, but never panders to the audience. It's piled with characters, clues, and facts, but never unnecessarily cluttered. Every word counts and feels important here. If I had read this as a kid my Agatha Christie-loving self would have made it a personality trait.
I think really the only weakness is simply the books datedness, specifically in terms of how Raskin writes about disability. One character has a physical disability that is discussed in fairly ableist terms. Another character works to "cure" the disabled character, and a line near the end mentions future family members hesitating to have their own kids in case the disability is passed on.
Despite that, I think the book has a lot to enjoy, especially if you're someone who likes puzzle-y books with plenty of layers and characters. This is the perfect time of year to read "The Westing Game" and try and solve the mystery!
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deborahee | 337 altre recensioni | Feb 23, 2024 |
mslibrarynerd | 337 altre recensioni | Jan 13, 2024 |


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