The Case of the Pilfered Pin

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The Mighty Muskrats’ new case affects the future of Windy Lake itself!

The Windy Lake First Nation’s lands have been shared with cottagers for fifty years, but no one can agree on where the reserve land ends. The only thing that can prove the boundary is a steel surveyor’s pin with the borders of the Windy Lake reserve etched into its head.

When the Mighty Muskrats hear that the pin was stolen years ago—and that it is connected to their grandpa’s mysterious past—they make it their mission to find the missing pin and prove that the land belongs to their people. But the mystery gets tense when Grandpa becomes a suspect. Cousins Sam, Otter, Atim, and Chickadee must find that pilfered pin!

Praise & Recognition

"The book is a learning tool that doesn’t gloss over the concerns and mistreatment the Windy Lake people face, and this book can help readers understand the overall history of First Nations people and reserved land.... This is a great book with a well-developed storyline and characters. Highly recommended for middle grade collections in school and public libraries."

School Library Journal


Publication Date: March 5, 2024

Reading Age: 9 - 12

Genre: Children's Fiction, Mystery

Product Format: Paperback

Pages: 152

ISBN: 978-1-77260-370-5

Weight: 200

Photograph of author Michael Hutchinson

About the Author

Michael Hutchinson

Michael Hutchinson is Swampy Cree from the Treaty 5 area and a member of the Misipawistik Cree Nation. During his early years, he fought forest fires, worked in an underground research mine, and did catering for rock concerts and movie shoots. As an adult, he has switched back and forth between the communications and journalism sides of the desk, hosting APTN National News for seven years, co-hosting CTV Morning Live Winnipeg, and working for numerous First Nation advocacy organizations from the national to the local level, including the Assembly of First Nations and the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak. He is currently the Communications Manager at the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre. He wrote the Mighty Muskrats Mystery series to educate young Canadians, build pride in First Nation and impoverished youth, and create a better Canadian and First Nations relationship. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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