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Published December 4th 2020
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Emma Catherine
Dec 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Calendula Proof: MAS Adventure #45 by Steve McManus was a fun read.
The cover is strange, to say the least, but it’s a dead giveaway for the genre and the silly adventure inside of the book.
There are some errors, because when dialogue is ended with an exclamation mark or question mark, the word immediately followed by the end quotation mark should be capitalized. This is a debate that has gone on for a while, but in books, it’s most common in traditionally published works to have the capitalizat
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Laura
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Calendula Proof by Steve McManus is the second book in McManus' YA series, Mysterious Adventures Society. Danny, Gustavo, Matthew, Jeremy, Michael, Taylor, and newest member Lola make up the group called MAS or the Mysterious Adventures Society, a club dedicated to seeking adventures. It is Summer 1991 in the seaside town of Calendula, California. With the passing of the Widow O'Keefe, Calendula's wealthiest philanthropist, her mansion Hollister House is open to the public for an auction of O'Ke ...more
Ariel G
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
CALENDULA PROOF is a charming young adult mystery novel with a full cast of plucky kids who roam around their titular hometown in search of answers to problems large and small. The setting of the novel is almost a character in and of itself, an idyllic seaside town with all the pre-Internet Age trappings of the '90s, but it's truly brought to life through the eyes of the group who call themselves the Mysterious Adventure Society. The dialogue among this ragtag crew is quirky but never rings fals ...more
Veronica Richard
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
These are the type of books I enjoyed reading as a kid. An adventure book where kids try to figure out a mystery. I used to read Nancy Drew, The Boxcar Children, etc., and always loved watching Scooby Doo. This book was exactly like that and brought me back to that time of being a kid, playing outside, exploring, being imaginative, and having adventures.

Calendula Proof is the 2nd book in the Mysterious Adventure Society series, which follows seven friends, Danny, Lola, Gustavo, Matthew, Jeremy,
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Amanda Waters
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
The kids of the MAS (Mysterious Adventures Society) are living the life of every kid who ever dreamed of solving mysteries and having adventures with their friends. At first, I was a little bit concerned about the somewhat large cast of characters, but the author does a great job of character development throughout the story, and giving the kids unique personalities. I like that the activities the kids get up to have some realistic consequences, but at the end of the day, the society stays in ta ...more
Elaine
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book takes place in the city of Calendula in southern California. After her husband passed away, Widow O’Keefe’s mansion was open to the public for one day before everything was auctioned off. There are three men who are acting very suspicious and the Mysterious Adventures Society kids get involved.The story revolves around friendship and believing in yourself even when things get difficult and others don’t. This is part of the Mysterious Adventure Society kids series. It is definitely a qui ...more
Ciarán Coleman
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fast-paced and well written YA novel

Calendula Proof’s greatest strength lies in its strong, well written characters and the inviting, detailed world enveloping them.
The mystery and tension is very engaging, particularly in the middle and end.
The summer mystery vibe with the kids riding around on their bikes is laced with gorgeous imagery and 90s nostalgia and although it’s a little clichéd, there’s an authenticity and sweet sentiment to the story that keeps it feeling fresh.
Overall, despite Ca
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Hannah Barry
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I clearly was not paying attention to what type of book this was when I picked it up, but I was so pleased with what I found. A YA novel with suspense, intrigue, humor, nostalgia--think The Goonies or Stranger Things--and a gang of kids calling themselves the Mystery Adventure Society. What a start.

I would have liked to see a more careful edit of this book. And I think it would have served from being about 50 pages shorter, but none that takes away from the genius and enjoyment of what you do ge
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Tiffany
Dec 21, 2020 rated it liked it
“Calendula Proof” is a fun, satirical read with entertaining characters and writing. The Mysterious Adventurous Society put me in the mind of Scooby Doo and his gang of crime solving friends.

There were parts and descriptions that were long and slowed down the reading process from over detailed information in places, but overall it was a simple, fast-paced read with good writing.

I would recommend this book to fans of middle grade fiction such as Nancy Drew or Goosebumps (due to its humorous nat
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Argenis Ovalle-Sánchez
Calendula Proof by Steve McManus was fun to read. I thoroughly enjoy the childlike humor. Totally recommend it for both children and adults. On the down side, the short chapters do end abruptly at times. True to its childish nature, the dialogue does include hyperbolic descriptions and the exaggerated use of exclamation points. I would have love this book even more in elementary school. Overall, it was fun.
Mark Smith
Jan 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Steve McManus ails to deliver in his recent book. The reader may question whether the book is for children—if it is, then it is excessively long—or if the book is for adults—if so, then the book is too childish. The odd thing is the book is often confusing at times and excessively long for a simple mystery. However, the plot is very interesting and draws readers into the story. If the author shortens the book and works on the target audience, the book will be a hit.
Peggy
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was for sure an interesting read! I had a hard time determining if this book was a child's read or adult. But.. putting that aside, the book was really interesting. I was kept through the book, I didn't find myself losing interest. I found that if this book is for children, a bit longer then expected but yet see that a child could really enjoy this book. ...more
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Steve grew up in Calgary. After moving to Los Angeles he became the drummer for Darling Violetta, who performed the theme song to the hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff series Angel.

RED FLAG, the first book in his City of Angels/Dead on Arrival (CODA) series, was published in 2015. His second book, SEVEN DEVILS, came out in 2018.

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