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Ellen Raskin (1928–1984)

Autor(a) de The Westing Game

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About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos

Obras por Ellen Raskin

Associated Works

A Wrinkle in Time (1962) — Artista da capa, algumas edições38,943 exemplares
Lysistrata (0411) — Ilustrador, algumas edições2,899 exemplares
A Child's Christmas in Wales (1954) — Ilustrador, algumas edições1,866 exemplares
Goblin Market (1862) — Ilustrador, algumas edições736 exemplares
Songs of Innocence (1789) — Ilustrador, algumas edições604 exemplares
The Collected Stories (1983) — Ilustrador, algumas edições484 exemplares
The Anti-Death League (1966) — Designer da capa, algumas edições362 exemplares
Flesh (1968) — Artista da capa, algumas edições335 exemplares
Worship (1936) — Designer da capa, algumas edições329 exemplares
The Barbarian West, 400-1000 (1952) — Designer da capa, algumas edições324 exemplares
4 Comedies: Lysistrata / Frogs / Birds / Women at the Thesmophoria (1954) — Designer da capa, algumas edições231 exemplares
Piping Down the Valleys Wild (1968) — Ilustrador, algumas edições222 exemplares
Comedy: "An Essay on Comedy" by George Meredith. "Laughter" by Henri Bergson (1956) — Designer da capa, algumas edições183 exemplares
Caste and Class in a Southern Town (1937) — Artista da capa, algumas edições126 exemplares
Careful, He Might Hear You (1963) — Designer da capa, algumas edições125 exemplares
The Australian Aborigines (1938) — Designer da capa, algumas edições87 exemplares
We Alcotts (1968) — Ilustrador — 32 exemplares
Ellen Grae (1967) — Ilustrador — 31 exemplares
Inatuk's Friend (1968) — Ilustrador, algumas edições30 exemplares
Prince Ishmael (1963) — Artista da capa, algumas edições22 exemplares
D. H. Lawrence: Poems Selected for Young People (1967) — Ilustrador, algumas edições14 exemplares
Music history and theory (1965) — Designer da capa — 13 exemplares
Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (1965) — Ilustrador, algumas edições6 exemplares
Poems Of Robert Herrick (1967) — Ilustrador, algumas edições2 exemplares


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


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 outras críticas | 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 outras críticas | Feb 23, 2024 |
mslibrarynerd | 337 outras críticas | Jan 13, 2024 |
Reading this for maybe the tenth time (the first nine times were during my childhood), I was struck by a few things:

1. This book still rocks my socks off.

2. The 1970s is long enough ago that there were a few cringers. For example, "She had a retarded daughter...a Mongoloid child." And, "Proud of her liberalism, Grace Windsor Wexler stood and leaned over the table to shake the black woman's hand." These are not deal-breakers, but they take some historical context explaining.

3. 16 characters and 16 pieces on a chess board! The chess theme was not apparent to me as a kid, but it's was glaringly obvious this time. You've got to anticipate your opponents' moves.

4. I totally thought the Wexlers and the Hoos were headed towards a wife-swap situation. Grace Wexler starts calling James Hoo "Jimmy" and Jake Wexler eats at the Hoo's restaurant every day and helps Sun Lin learn English. It really seemed like they were with the wrong people, right? There's a grown-up reading of a kid's book for you.

5. Berthe Crow is really very truly creepy.
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LibrarianDest | 337 outras críticas | Jan 3, 2024 |


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