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The Westing Game isn't that tough to read, at least on the surface. Sure, there's a great mystery throughout the book, but you can just read along with the characters and figure out the clues along with them. None of the words used are that big – at least, not really – and the ones that seem kind of unusual, like "dastardly," get defined in the book for us. Lucky for us, in order to solve the mystery, the characters have to rely on their considerable smarts. Do yourself a favor. Reading The Westing Game the second time over is super-fun when you're looking to see how the clues got layered in to the plot.

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