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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

The Case of the Missing Auntie: A Mighty Muskrats Mystery: Book 2

by (author) Michael Hutchinson

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2020
Native Canadian, Mysteries & Detective Stories, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2020
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2020
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


The Mighty Muskrats are off to the city to have fun at the Exhibition Fair. But when Chickadee learns about Grandpa's little sister, who was scooped up by the government and adopted out to strangers without her parents' permission many years ago, the Mighty Muskrats have a new mystery to solve. Once in the bright lights of the big city, the cousins get distracted, face off with bullies, meet some heroes and unlikely teachers, and learn many of the difficulties of life in the city, as well as hard truths about their country’s treatment of First Nations people.

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.


Michael Hutchinson's profile page


  • Short-listed, Indigenous Voices Award - Published Prose in English
  • Short-listed, Manitoba Book Awards - McNally Robinson Books for Young People Award, Older Category
  • Long-listed, Junior Library Guild Selection, Mystery / Adventure Selection

Editorial Reviews

How often have you read a middle grade mystery novel that had you in tears just a few pages after making you laugh? ... Missing Auntie is a good read, with an emotional punch, and I can hardly wait for the Mighty Muskrats to take their next case.

American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

"(D)elivered a surprising end to the story, one that left me envious of the close family ties Chickadee and the boys enjoy. In the process, I also learned some valuable lessons about Indigenous values and beliefs, many of them uttered by elders like Grandpa."

The Montreal Gazette

Fans of Hutchinson's (Misipawistik Cree) first entry in his Mighty Muskrats Mystery Series, The Case of Windy Lake (2019), will eagerly join the crew once again while all the twists and turns one expects from a good mystery will quickly hook new readers. A compelling "urban bush" adventure that offers light and reconciliation to dark truths.

Kirkus Reviews

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