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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 192
Themes: mystery, Indigenous, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Sixties Scoop, loss of culture
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 17/Mar/2020
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The Mighty Muskrats are off to the city to have fun at the Exhibition Fair. But when Chickadee learns about Grandpa's little sister, who was scooped up by the government and adopted out to strangers without her parents' permission many years ago, the Mighty Muskrats have a new mystery to solve. Once in the bright lights of the big city, the cousins get distracted, face off with bullies, meet some heroes and unlikely teachers, and learn many of the difficulties of life in the city, as well as hard truths about their country’s treatment of First Nations people.

Jean Mendoza, American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)
How often have you read a middle grade mystery novel that had you in tears just a few pages after making you laugh? ... Missing Auntie is a good read, with an emotional punch, and I can hardly wait for the Mighty Muskrats to take their next case.
Kirkus Reviews
Fans of Hutchinson's (Misipawistik Cree) first entry in his Mighty Muskrats Mystery Series, The Case of Windy Lake (2019), will eagerly join the crew once again while all the twists and turns one expects from a good mystery will quickly hook new readers. A compelling "urban bush" adventure that offers light and reconciliation to dark truths.
The Montreal Gazette
"(D)elivered a surprising end to the story, one that left me envious of the close family ties Chickadee and the boys enjoy. In the process, I also learned some valuable lessons about Indigenous values and beliefs, many of them uttered by elders like Grandpa."


Junior Library Guild Selection, Mystery / Adventure Selection  | 2020 | Long-listed
Indigenous Voices Award - Published Prose in English  | 2021 | Short-listed
Manitoba Book Awards - McNally Robinson Books for Young People Award, Older Cate  | 2021 | Short-listed

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