The Case of the Rigged Race

  • Pages:232
  • Publisher:Second Story Press
  • Series: A Mighty Muskrats Mystery
  • Themes:kid detective, Indigenous mystery, Cree, dogsled races, animal rights
  • Available:09/20/2022
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:V

Windy Lake First Nation is hosting the annual Trappers Festival, and the four Mighty Muskrats are excited about the sled-dog races and the chance to visit with family and friends from far and wide. But during the Teen Sled Race, the lead dog is the victim of a frightening accident that may be more than it seems.

Between mysterious strangers seen lurking by the trail and a loud group of animal rights protestors, the Muskrats have a lot of suspects. Despite the chill of winter, the case is heating up for Sam, Otter, Atim, and Chickadee!

"The best feature of these books is the delightfully natural quality of the Muskrat characters. In both dialogue and action they come across as loyal, intelligent, funny and extremely realistic."

– The Winnipeg Free Press

"What an adventure they have, finding themselves in many dangerous situations with many supporters offering help.... A great mystery to help us build our curious minds. Kids can make a difference."

– Goodminds
"We all know young people like the Muskrats... They are the type of enthusiastic youngsters that one would love to see storming into a classroom: excited about learning, keen to solve mysteries, bubbling with questions, and determined to find their way in life. They each have special talents and ways.... The Muskrats banter and joke, but are never mean. They are independent, but have deep respect for the teachings of the Elders and strive to learn and live by traditional values. They are loyal, educated, and full of fun, and young people can enjoy them, learn from them, and imitate them.... This is an excellent resource for Indigenous youth, parents, and educators. There are also lessons for all."
– The Miramichi Reader
"I was not expecting the experience to be so rich, the book itself to be so meaningful.... Hutchinson’s novel (Book Four in a series) is the real deal, which is the kind of thing you know for sure once you’ve read an entire book out loud. Complex vocabulary, lots of fun wordplay, moral conundrums, flawed adult characters whose struggles are shown with real empathy, a portrayal of the realities of northern rez life (the prices at the grocery store!), carefully drawn protagonists, and a mystery that was interesting to unravel—I didn’t see any of that coming."
– Pickle Me This Review
The Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens, Junior & Intermediate Fiction   | 2023  |  
Forest of Reading Award, Silver Birch   | 2024  |  Nominated