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A-Z Wednesday

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

My hunt for a Wednesday weekly was aided today by Joy, who introduced me to A-Z Wednesday hosted by Vicki at Reading at the Beach.

Simply select a book from your library whose title begins with this week’s letter and post a photo, title and synopsis, and a link, then swing by Vicki’s blog and drop a line directing everyone to your entry. Don’t forget to share it here, as well!

This week’s letter is “W,” and I went with The Westing Game (I didn’t see rules about articles counting or not counting for title beginnings, so I made up my own *wink*) by Ellen Raskin.

I first read this in elementary school, and didn’t realize it had been around for so long. I re-read it a couple of years ago, so forgive if my synopsis is vague or even imperfect in its details! The basic story is that a group of seemingly unconnected individuals and families all move into a new housing complex and are informed that they are beneficiaries of the recently-deceased multi-millionaire, Sam Westing. Westing has devised a competition for his fortune and set it forth in his will; the sixteen invited individuals are paired off and pitted against the other teams in a challenge for the inheritance. Raskin’s characters are brilliantly realistic, and her plot twists not reduced for an elementary reading level. Definitely recommended to anyone who enjoys a cleverly written puzzle novel.

Have you read this one? What did you think? Do you have a good “W” book on your shelves? Tell me all about it!