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.
Michael Hutchinson is a member of the Misipawistik Cree Nation, north of Winnipeg. He currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario where he works at the Assembly of First Nations, which advocates for First Nation families and communities across Canada.
"What is so unique about Hutchinson's book is the seamless way that he integrates real issues, among them the impact of the residential schools system and the resulting traumas it caused in the lives of so many Indigenous people, into the novel, while never losing the tension of the mystery that the Muskrats are trying to solve. It's exciting and deeply moving and a must-read for middle-grade readers."--The Globe and Mail "This novel would be an appropriate accompaniment for school curricula about residential schools and the Sixties Scoop. It also presents an excellent example to students of how one goes about conducting historical research and the types of organizations, such as archives, that can be used to facilitate such research. While the first book in the series, The Case of Windy Lake, provides background about Chickadee, her cousins, their family, and community, it is not necessary to read the first novel before embarking on this one. The Case of the Missing Auntie is a well-told mystery that deals with important topics at a middle-grade level. It is highly recommended for school and public libraries. Highly Recommended."--CM: Canadian Review of Materials