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    My students read The Westing Game last semester, and most of them liked it. Some of them thought it was confusing, so we made graphic organizers and had a lot of discussion so that we could keep the characters and twists straight. I did have a couple of students say that they thought it dragged on, but almost all of them liked the ending. While it may not be a great adult book, it is entertaining, and it's good for kids.

    I used the book to help teach elements of a mystery, and I incorporated that into lessons about genre. They also had to use higher level thinking skills while reading the book, and we used those to write essays, do vocabulary, summaries, etc.

    In general, I think it went well. The kids surprised me with their memories of detail and ability to think on a higher plane.

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