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Stories from Days Gone By – The Westing Game

The next in my occasional series revisiting some books from childhood.

The Westing Game by Ellen RaskinThe Westing Game

Review: The game is afoot. This middle school grade mystery kept me guessing for awhile. It has many different characters who may or may not be who they seem so sometimes keeping them straight can be a challenge. Overall, this story held up moderately well. I’ve read more sophisticated mysteries since I first read “The Westing Game” and that most likely colored my view this time around. Nevertheless, a classic.

Fascinating Question…

From NPR Books:

Will Your Children Inherit Your E-Books?

by   June 21, 2012

Rocket scientist Robert Goddard's Uncle Spud gave him this copy of The War of the Worlds in 1898. More than a hundred years later, it passed into the hands of essayist Amanda Katz.

In 1898, a man bought a book for his 16-year-old nephew. “Many happy retoins [sic]. Uncle Spud,” he wrote on a blank page at the front.

The book: H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, then just out in America from Harper & BrothersThe ripping tale of a Martian attack that set the mold for them all, it’s almost more striking to a reader today for its turn-of-the-century detail: carriage-horse accidents, urgent telegrams, news only via newspapers. Toward the end of the novel, the narrator gets ahold of a first post-attack copy of the Daily Mail: “I learned nothing fresh except that already in one week the examination of the Martian mechanisms had yielded astonishing results. Among other things, the article assured me what I did not believe at the time, that the ‘Secret of Flying’ was discovered.”

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