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The Case of Windy Lake

by Michael Hutchinson

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published: Mar 2019
ISBN:9781772600858
publisher: Second Story Press
Description

Sam, Otter, Atim, and Chickadee are four inseparable cousins growing up on the Windy Lake First Nation. Nicknamed the Mighty Muskrats for their habit of laughing, fighting, and exploring together, the cousins find that each new adventure adds to their reputation. When a visiting archeologist goes missing, the cousins decide to solve the mystery of his disappearance. In the midst of community conflict, family concerns, and environmental protests, the four get busy following every lead. From their base of operations in a fort made out of an old school bus, the Mighty Muskrats won’t let anything stop them from solving their case!

About the Author
Michael Hutchinson is a member of the Misipawistik Cree Nation, north of Winnipeg. He currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario where he works at the Assembly of First Nations, which advocates for First Nation families and communities across Canada.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
Awards
  • Commended, USBBY 2020 Outstanding International Books List
  • Short-listed, CODE Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature
  • Joint winner, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • , Globe Books gift guide: 108 volumes for (almost) every person in your life
  • , The Next Chapter: 8 great book recommendations for young readers
  • Commended, Toronto Star gift guide: Got a kid, a sports fan or a culture lover to buy for? Try these books
  • Joint winner, Second Story Press Indigenous Writing Contest
Editorial Reviews

Young readers who like a mystery have a new series to enjoy and anticipate.

— Prairie Books Now

...Chickadee's rez-tech savvy pairs well with her cousin Otter's bushcraft skills, and, along with Atim's brawn and brother Samuel's leadership, the four make a fine team. From Cree author Hutchinson, an Indigenous version of the Hardy Boys full of rez humor.

— Kirkus Reviews

The Case of Windy Lake is smart and thought-provoking mystery for middle grade readers.

— Foreword Reviews

The Case of Windy Lake, a contemporary mystery featuring a group of four Indigenous kids, is a game changer....The Muskrats feel like the kind of real kids that have been missing in children's books for quite some time.

— Quill & Quire

This book is filled with life, energy and a very appealing mystery that the young characters from the fictional Windy Lake First Nation solve using their knowledge of the woods and the water.

— The Next Chapter

"The people of Windy Lake have their troubles, but ties within families and between neighbors are solid and caring. And the resolution of the mystery is...affirming, and that's all I'll say about it. You'll just have to read it to find out more. Then we can wait together for the next Mighty Muskrats book."

— American Indians in Children's Literature

"...there’s overall an old-fashioned classic mystery feel along with a look at contemporary rez life in this first instalment of a series."

— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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