The Case of the Pilfered Pin

  • Pages:184
  • Publisher:Second Story Press
  • Series: A Mighty Muskrats Mystery
  • Themes:kid detective, Indigenous mystery, Cree, Truth and Reconciliation, Canadian history
  • Available:03/05/2024
  • Lexile:700L

The Windy Lake First Nation’s lands have been shared with cottagers for fifty years, but no one can agree on where the reserve land ends. The only thing that can prove the boundary is a steel surveyor’s pin with the borders of the Windy Lake reserve etched into its head.

When the Mighty Muskrats hear that the pin was stolen years ago—and that it is connected to their grandpa’s mysterious past—they make it their mission to find the missing pin and prove that the land belongs to their people. But the mystery gets tense when Grandpa becomes a suspect. Cousins Sam, Otter, Atim, and Chickadee must find that pilfered pin!

"The book is a learning tool that doesn’t gloss over the concerns and mistreatment the Windy Lake people face, and this book can help readers understand the overall history of First Nations people and reserved land.... This is a great book with a well-developed storyline and characters. Highly recommended for middle grade collections in school and public libraries."

– School Library Journal