The Case of Windy Lake

The Case of Windy Lake


By Michael Hutchinson


The Mighty Muskrats won’t let a mystery go unsolved!

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!

The Case of Windy Lake was the co-winner in Second Story Press’ 2018 Indigenous Writing Contest!

Book 1 in The Mighty Muskrats Mystery Series

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Praise for The Case of Windy Lake

"The Muskrats feel like the kind of real kids that have been missing in children’s books for quite some time." - Quill & Quire

“[Hutchinson] not only creates a delightfully suspenseful mystery that, of course, the fabulous four solve when a well-known archaeologist working for the local mining company goes missing, but he also seamlessly addresses issues that are key to Indigenous people and their lives – the importance of protecting the land, traditional teachings and the value of community. “ - The Globe & Mail

“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

The Case of Windy Lake is smart and thought-provoking mystery for middle grade readers.” - Foreword 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 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 Chidren’s Literature Blog (x)

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. He wrote this book to instil pride in Indigenous youth and educate others about First Nation communities, beliefs, and opinions.

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Product Information

  • Release: March 18, 2019

  • $10.95 Paperback

  • 160 Pages

  • Children's Fiction

  • 7.5 x 5.25

  • Ages 9-12 / Grades 4-7

  • Lexile: 670L Guided Reading: V

  • ISBN: 9781772600858


  • Environment
    > Protection

  • Civil Rights

  • Indigenous
    >Rights to Land
    >Rights to Natural Resources
    >Protection of cultural ceremonies