The Mystery of the Tenth
The finale of an action-packed middle grade fantasy duology about a young Cuban American girl who discovers that she’s one of the nine muses of Greek mythology. Perfect for fans of The Serpent’s Secret, the Aru Shah series, and the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.
Callie Martinez-Silva is finally getting the hang of this whole goddess within thing. Six months after learning she was one of the nine muses of ancient myth, she and the other junior muses are ready for new adventures. Except first Callie has to go to New York City for the summer to visit her dad, stepmom, and new baby brother.
Then the muses get startling news: an unprecedented tenth muse has been awakened somewhere in Queens, putting Callie in the perfect position to help find her. And she’ll have help—thanks to a runaway mold problem in London, Muse Headquarters is moving to the New York Hall of Science.
But balancing missions and family-mandated arts camp proves difficult for Callie, especially once mysterious messages from spiders (yikes!) begin to weave a tale of ancient injustice involving Callie’s campmate Ari.
Now Callie and her friends have to make a choice: follow orders and find the tenth muse or trust that sometimes fate has other plans.
Praise For Muse Squad: The Mystery of the Tenth…
— School Library Journal
“Fans of Rick Riordan's Greek mythology–inspired stories with modern kids will love this fresh, inclusive title…. [A] fun take on the ones who inspire, rather than just the heroes.”
— ALA Booklist
“Acevedo successfully deploys a mixture of imagination and sincerity in this magical duology opener with a message of art’s importance and awakening the hero within.”
— Publishers Weekly
“A charming and imaginative tale brimming with magic, friendship, loss, and love. Readers will be wishing for a muse of their own.”
— J. C. Cervantes, New York Times bestselling author of The Storm Runner
“Chantel Acevedo’s middle grade debut is a wonderful reminder that we are all worthy of magic. Every kid will want Callie Martinez-Silva to inspire the (s)hero within. ¡Bravo!”
— Pablo Cartaya, critically acclaimed author of Each Tiny Spark
“A refreshingly new adventure steeped in familiar mythology, where all people are worthy of magic. Muse Squad is a supernatural pick-me-up, a rare book that inspires laughter, tears, curiosity, and heroic purpose. Acevedo centers teamwork and community in a beautiful reimagining of what makes a hero.”
— Anna Meriano, author of the Love Sugar Magic series
Balzer + Bray, 9780062947727, 352pp.
Publication Date: July 6, 2021
About the Author
Chantel Acevedo was born in Miami to Cuban parents. She is the acclaimed author of adult novels, including The Distant Marvels, which was a finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and she is also a professor of English at the University of Miami, where she directs the MFA program. Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse is her debut middle grade novel. Chantel lives with her personal Muse Squad, aka her family, in Florida. You can visit her online at www.chantelacevedo.com.