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The Westing Game

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This is the total number of incidents in this 192 pages book.

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Author: Ellen Raskin
Key Words: Fiction, Mystery, Newbery Medal Winner

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Book Description:

A bizarre chain of events begins when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger—and a possible murderer—to inherit his vast fortune, on things for sure: Sam Westing may be dead…but that won’t stop him from playing one last game!


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Sexual Content

Lust - 1 Incident

“Theo nodded, awed by the beautiful Angela, three years older than he, so fair-skinned and blonde, so unattainable.”

Miscellaneous - 8 Incidents

A fiance gives a kiss on the cheek.

Someone thinks they have a splinter in their fanny.

A woman is wearing a “tight-fitting silk gown slit high up her thigh.”

At a bridal shower, the bride has “bride-to-be-jitters and people giggle.

A woman clasped a note to her bosom.

“Try not to stick your fanny out so far.”

“What a spectacle she made, her wide rear end sticking out.”

A woman clutches a treasure to her bosom.

Violence - 2 Incidents

“They say his body is sprawled out on a fancy Oriental rug, and his flesh is rotting off those mean bones, and maggots are creeping in his eye sockets and crawling out his nose holes.” A man is trying to scare several kids over a dare.

“And the worms are crawling in and out of the dead man’s skull, in and out of his ear holes, his nose holes, hi mouth holes, in and out of all his holes.” (Said trying to scare someone).


Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 2 Incidents

H*llfire, she'll go to h*ll

Anatomical Terms - 1 Incident


Religious Profanities - 10 Incidents

What in heaven's name, thank the Lord, goodness, Gee, for heaven's sake, good Lord

Conversation Topics - 9 Incidents

Smoking is mentioned.

This is a mystery so several characters are shady: one is a bookie, one a burglar, and one a bomber.

Halloween is mentioned and a character is getting a witch’s costume.

A character has a silver cross to ward off vampires.

A wife deserts her husband and although the husband “obtained a divorce, he never remarried.”

Drinking, alcoholic beverages and a brewery are mentioned a few times. One character gets very drunk (not portrayed positively).

Mentions a soothsayer that predicted his own death.

It is rumored that a character’s daughter committed suicide to avoid marrying.

“Sam Westing manipulated people, cheated workers, bribed officials, stole ideas, but Sam Westing never smoked or drank or placed a bet. Give me a bookie any day over such a fine, upstanding, clean-living man.”

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