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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

The Case of the Burgled Bundle

by (author) Michael Hutchinson

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2021
Native Canadian, General, Mysteries & Detective Stories
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2021
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Apr 2021
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  • Downloadable audio file

    Publish Date
    Jul 2021
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The National Assembly of Cree Peoples has gathered together in the Windy Lake First Nation, home to the Mighty Muskrats—cousins Chickadee, Atim, Otter, and Sam. But when the treaty bundle, the center of a four-day-long ceremony, is taken, the four mystery-solving cousins set out to catch those responsible and help protect Windy Lake’s reputation!

What’s worse, prime suspect Pearl takes off to the city with her older brother and known troublemaker, Eddie. If they have the burgled bundle with them, the Mighty Muskrats fear it may be lost for good. With clues pointing in too many different directions, the cousins need to find and return the missing bundle before the assembly comes to an end. The history and knowledge passed down to each generation through the bundle is at stake.

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.


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Editorial Reviews

"Cree characters who are believable, likeable, and never stereotypical...a really engaging mystery."

American Indians in Children's Literature

"This book is both educational and entertaining; Hutchinson (Misipawistik Cree) weaves cultural and historical context into the story."

"Hutchinson not only gives readers with an intriguing whodunnit, but provides rich detail and information of the Cree nation."

Dr. Larry Recommends

"The four crime-solving friends of fictional Windy Lake First Nation go into action when the treaty bundle goes missing during the National Assembly of Cree Peoples. An engaging, quickly paced mystery, exceptional in its portrayal of the kids’ rez humour, community relationships and traditions of teaching and learning. Bundle up all three 'Mighty Muskrats Mysteries' for a perfect gift for young mystery fans."

Toronto Star

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