Author: Martin, Laura
Emerson can float ... he just can't do it very well. His uncontrollable floating is his RISK factor, which means that he deals with Reoccurring Incidents of the Strange Kind. The last place Emerson wants to be is at a government-mandated summer camp for RISK kids like him, so he's shocked when he actually starts having fun at camp--and he even makes some new friends. But it's not all canoeing and capture the flag at Camp Outlier. The summer of fun takes a serious turn when Emerson and his friends discover that one of their own is hiding a deadly secret that puts all of their lives in danger. It's up to the Red Maple boys to save themselves--and everyone like them.
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|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.50
Points: 11.0 Quiz: 197779
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 5.60
Points: 15.0 Quiz: 76661
School Library Journal (00/03/18)
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School Library Journal - 03/01/2018 Gr 4–6—Emerson floats. Unfortunately, he has almost no control over his floating, which makes it a Reoccurring Incidents of the Strange Kind (RISK) factor. He and other kids like him are sent to Camp Outlier where the government can keep a close eye on them. It's a motley crew in Emerson's cabin: Gary is sticky, Hank can't control his invisibility, Zeke has sporadic X-ray vision, and Anthony is a human torch. For once in his life, Emerson feels like he finally fits in. With lots of action, great dialogue, and plenty of humor, Martin's style and tone are reminiscent of Gordon Korman and Dan Gutman. VERDICT With a great premise and solid writing, this should be a popular addition to the middle grade collections.—Jane Hebert, Glenside Public Library District, Glendale Heights, IL - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/01/2018 Emerson floats. He is a kid with RISK, a Recurring Incident of the Strange Kind. But he’s not alone. At a summer camp for kids like him, all with different RISKs, Emerson makes friends for the first time who don’t think he’s weird. The boys in Emerson’s cabin, Red Maple, become close as the summer progresses, so when one of them learns some upsetting news about his future, they band together to try to fix it. The included letters from each of the Red Maple boys to their parents miss the mark a bit, as these are the only times the reader is taken out of Emerson’s first-person point of view. However, the idea of building and crossing items off of a “life list,” around which the boys base their summer, is simply superb. Martin’s novel feels exactly like summer camp should; the antics of the boys and the friendships they develop will make readers wish they were roasting marshmallows in the woods with their best friends. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.