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The Case of Windy Lake: The Mighty Muskrats Mystery Series



Publisher & Publication Year

Second Story Press, 2019

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Michael Hutchinson (Misipawistik Cree Nation)

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Sam, Otter, Atim, and Chickadee are four cousins who live on the Windy Lake First Nation. They are inseparable, and their love for exploring gives them the nickname, Mighty Muskrats. Drawing upon the guidance of an Elder, the Mighty Muskrats are determined to solve their first mystery—the disappearance of an archaeologist. They set up their headquarters in a fort made from the scraps of an old school bus. Ultimately, their investigation leads to local protests for Indigenous land protection, and the Mighty Muskrats are confronted with the harmful environmental and cultural impact of a mining company.

Notable Achievements

Co-winner in Second Story Press’ Indigenous Writing Contest, 2018; Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2019; Whippoorwill Award Winner, 2020; Honour English Language recipient of the Code Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Metis Young Adult Literature, 2020; Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award Sundogs Award, Shortlisted, 2021; Manitoba Book Award (Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book), Shortlisted, 2021


Kirkus Reviews: "From Cree author Hutchinson, an Indigenous version of the Hardy Boys full of rez humor."

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