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      The Case of the Missing Auntie

      by Michael Hutchinson

      Jul 2020

      Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

      The Mighty Muskrats, four Cree cousins from the Windy Lake First Nation, visit the city and solve the mystery of their missing aunt.

      The Mighty Muskrats are off to the city to have fun at the Exhibition Fair. But when Chickadee asks Grandpa what he would like them to bring back from the city, she learns about Grandpa’s missing little sister. She was, they learn, scooped years ago—like many Indigenous children, the government had arranged for her adoption by strangers without her parents’ permission. Now the Mighty Muskrats have a new case to solve: uncovering the whereabouts of Grandpa’s long-lost sister.

      Once in the bright lights of the big city, the cousins get distracted, face off with bullies, meet some heroes and unlikely teachers, and experience many of the difficulties Indigenous kids often face in the city. Their search for their missing auntie takes them all the way to the government and reveals hard truths about their country’s treatment of Indigenous kids and families.

      The Case of Windy Lake

      by Michael Hutchinson

      Aug 2019

      Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

      Sam, Otter, Atim and Chickadee are four cousins growing up on the Windy Lake First Nation. They are inseparable. Nicknamed the Mighty Muskrats for their habit of laughing, fighting and adventuring together, the cousins find that each new exploit 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!
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