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The Case of Windy Lake: A Mighty Muskrats Mystery

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 is the author of the Mighty Muskrats Mystery series for young readers. He has spent much of his career telling the stories of Indigenous peoples and advocating 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
  • Short-listed, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award (MYRCA) Sundogs Award
  • Short-listed, Manitoba Book Awards - Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book
  • Short-listed, CODE Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature
  • Long-listed, Native Voices in November: A Booklist for Students, Parents & Educators
  • Commended, USBBY 2020 Outstanding International Books List
  • Long-listed, The Next Chapter: 8 great book recommendations for young readers
  • Short-listed, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Long-listed, Junior Library Guild Selection, Mystery / Adventure Selection
  • Joint winner, Globe Books gift guide: 108 volumes for (almost) every person in your life
  • , 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

...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

"...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

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

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

— Prairie Books Now

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

— Foreword Reviews

"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

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