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.
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.
This book is both educational and entertaining; Hutchinson (Misipawistik Cree) weaves cultural and historical context into the story. - Kirkus Reviews
Hutchinson neatly mixes the feel of classic children’s mysteries such as The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew with his compellingly contemporary portrait of the Mighty Muskrats, four Indigenous cousins named Chickadee, Atim, Otter and Sam. - Jeffrey Canton, The Globe & Mail
One learns a great deal about many aspects of fundamental Cree spirituality, traditional governance, and family values through the contents of The Case of the Burgled Bundle, and so it is very satisfying that the solution to the mystery, which is the driving force of the book, is tied in to these values. - Mary Thomas, CM: Canadian Review of Materials
A much-needed #OwnVoices story centered on First Nations characters and culture. - School Library Journal
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