"The Westing Game" was the 1979 Newbery Medal Winner for best children's book, written by Ellen Raskin, who was mostly known as a children's book illustrator before beginning her own writing career. In it, the mysterious paper product tycoon Samuel W. Westing has died; via his will, he summons 16 people, all occupants of a brand-new condominium complex, to his mansion which happens to be directly opposite their new home. Once gathered, he divides the individuals into teams of two and provides them with several clues, indicating that the one who solves the mystery of who killed him will become the heir to his fortune in the range of hundreds of millions of dollars. Each of the partnered teams must decide whether to work alone or with other teams, and they must solve many incidental mysteries along the way. But as Westing notes in his will, it's not what they have but what they do not have that will lead to the answer.... I can see why this one earned the biggest prize for English-language children's books; it's inventive, funny and multicultural at a time when that word barely existed. But I didn't like it as much as I wanted to, because there seemed to be a bit of a mean-spirited nature behind the scenes, so to speak. Nothing I could put my finger on, but it left me oddly unsatisfied in the end.