The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin includes everything I love about middle grade mystery books: quirky characters, clues the reader can solve, and just enough suspense to keep you going without giving you nightmares.
Author: Ellen Raskin
Age range: middle grade (ages 9-12)
Synopsis: Sixteen people move into an apartment building along Lake Michigan in Chicago. Shortly afterward, a wealthy neighbor dies, and all sixteen people become potential heirs to his fortune. Each is given a partner and a clue to who the murderer is. Whoever solves the crime wins the inheritance.
Does it pass the “Homeschool Mom Test“? Yes. No inappropriate language or actions here. This book’s a classic.
Bottom line? Love it! This is my favorite age group and my favorite genre. A perfect example of a fun middle grade mystery!