Holy crap. They are making a TV series based on The Westing Game. Growing up, The Westing Game was the book I always said was my favorite novel. I remember receiving it from the RIF (Reading Is Fundamental) program in class in 5th grade.
On RIF day, the teacher would lay out all they books they received onto a table in the front of the class. Some system was used to determine who got to pick their book first (maybe it was a reward or something, I never went first). But there was no widely available Internet back then and I lived in a little rural town so I had no idea what books were good. So I went based on the cover of the books.
The cover below isn’t the same as the cover on my copy (I still have it) though. I really lucked out. Normally I’d try to look for a choose your own adventure book as those were all the rage at the time. Or a Garfield book. But something must’ve caught my eye with The Westing Game. No it wasn’t that Caldecot medallion on the cover. Maybe it was just the word game in the title.
Regardless, I picked The Westing Game and fell in love with it. I guess it reminded me a little of the movie Clue. Or who knows why a book clicks with a kid. Either way, you should check it out if you’ve never read it. I guess I’ll have to do a re-read before watching the upcoming HBO Max series.