The Case of Windy Lake-ebook

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Four cousins, the Mighty Muskrats, solve a mystery on the Windy Lake First Nation.

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!

Praise & Recognition

"This first Mighty Muskrats mystery tackles themes of resource extraction, environmental protection, and indigenous rights in a Hardy Boys-style mystery, written by an author with firsthand experience in environmental protection and First Nation advocacy."


Whippoorwill Award 2020 - Winner

CODE Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature 2020 - Commended

Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award (MYRCA) Sundogs Award 2021 - Short-listed

Second Story Press Indigenous Writing Contest 2018 - Joint winner


Publication Date: March 18, 2019

Reading Age: 9 - 12

Reading Level: V

Genre: Children's Fiction, Middle Grade, Mystery

Product Format: E-book – EPUB

Pages: 134

ISBN: 978-1-77260-086-5

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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