From the critically acclaimed author of the Edge of Extinction series comes this fast-paced, action-packed, and heartfelt adventure about a group of kids with uncontrollable abilities, perfect for fans of Gordon Korman, Lisa McMann, and Dan Gutman!
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.
In this lighthearted middle grade romp, kids with super powers enjoy a fun-filled summer at a camp designed to accommodate their special needs. Twelve-year-old Emerson's ability to float marks him as a RISK a reoccurring incident of the strange kind forced to wear weighted shoes and a vest just to stay on the ground. At Camp Outlier, he's surrounded by people just like him, cursed with powers they can't control, such as the accidentally invisible Hank, the spontaneously combusting Anthony, and the time-traveling Murphy. As members of the Red Maple cabin, they bond through hazing rituals, pranks, and the usual camp-sponsored activities. However, when they discover an unsettling secret involving Murphy's intermittent trips through time, Emerson and the others must find a way to change his fate. While there's an underlying tension involving the unknown tragedy in Murphy's future, the real heart of the story is in the idyllic satisfaction Emerson feels as he makes friends and lives life to the fullest, eschewing electronic devices for adventures in the great outdoors. Drawing from her father's stories of childhood escapades, Martin (Code Name Flood) conjures a sense of wonder and whimsy, even as she reminds readers that her characters' powers are as much a blessing as they are a curse. Ages 8 12.
Perfect mix of nostalgia and hope
As a bookseller for almost five years, an English major, and the daughter of a library media specialist...I like to stay in the know in children’s fiction / young adult novels. My mom actually read about this book and emailed me. I read the blurb and bought it immediately. I couldn’t put the book down. I was instantly transported to my younger camp days, and instantly felt bonded to Camp O and the Red Maple men (even though I’m a girl). I rooted for everyone through the ups and downs of their summer. A blend of hilarious hijinks and lessons about being different yet being able to fit in and become a team, this book is a perfect mix of nostalgia and hope. Honestly, it might be one of my top ten favorite books. I’m already looking forward to reading it again. Carpe Diem, YOLO, and all that!