Float by Laura Martin


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...

Details Float

Release DateMay 29th, 2018
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy

Reviews Float

  • Lee
    *WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD*As a librarian, I read a lot of books; it's one of my favorite ways to pass the time. This is the 207th book I've read this year."Float" is Laura Martin's third book. Her first two novels, "The Ark Plan" (2016) and "Code Name Flood" (2017), which comprise her "Edge of Extinction" duology, were instant favorites of mine, and I eagerly anticipated whatever she wrote next. I love them so much that, if you haven't r...
  • Ruth Ann
    Fun story about a bunch of boys who are first time campers at a summer camp for kids with special powers. Emerson is our narrator and the boy who floats. He’s never had friends and is surprised when this camp gives him several opportunities to make friends and have fun. Murphy is a time traveler Hank can be invisible Gary sticks to thingsAnthony has an incendiary problem Eli is the counselor Zeke has on-and-off x-ray visionOur author does not o...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edleweiss PlusEmerson has a category five RISK rating, but not because he is a threat to others. He can float, and without his weighted vest and shoes, could end up floating away from earth and being in grave danger. His single mother is very stressed at the thought of having him monitored over the summer, so is very excited to send him to Camp Outlier, where children at RISK can be supervised and have a more typical summer experience....
  • Rhiannon White
    If you're looking for a cross between Percy Jackson, the X-Men, and the 1995 movie Heavyweights, then I think you'll get a blast out of Float! The book follows a group of boys with superpowers that range from awkward (sticking to things) to funny (randomly invisible body parts) to dangerous (time-traveling). The boys meet at a summer camp for kids with their abilities, the first time they've ever been surrounded by people like them. Between the c...
  • Talia
    Ok - I really REALLY liked this book, and now I'm excited for whatever Laura Martin has up her sleeve next! I'd love a sequel to this (the book leaves it open for one), but even if this ends up as a standalone, I think it's worth the read.Emerson lives in a world where certain people are born with RISK factors, or Reoccuring Incidents of the Strange Kind. No one can control their RISK factors, and they’re often dangerous or even deadly. Emerson...
  • Andrew Howard
    I bought this on a whim, and I ended up reading the whole thing in one day, which is unusual for me. It absolutely sucked me in--great characters, great pacing, hilarious situations, and the whole story has a surprisingly touching and life-affirming message. I closed the book with a happy and very satisfied sigh.I'm sure I'm not the target demographic the author had in mind. I bet she was thinking it would be picked up by kids in late elementary ...
  • LeeAnn
    4 stars. Middle grade summer camp romp with a fantasy twist--all the teenage campers have RISK factors. That is, Reoccurring Incidents of the Strange Kind like floating, bursting into flames, x-ray vision, inconvenient invisibility, sticking to whatever you touch, or even time traveling. Those happen to be the individual traits of the 6 boys in Red Maple Cabin. Add to that the more typical pubescent traits of boys their age like trying to impress...
  • Liz Todd
    Fantastic story! Although the story follows a group of boys who have special “abilities” such as invisibility and floating, it reads more like a realistic fiction summer camp story. It is laugh-out-loud funny and also carries some wonderful messages to readers about differences, friendship, and getting out of our comfort zones to truly live. I do struggle with some of the older boy language/content...”hot chicks” and “French kiss” are...
  • Ames Public Library Youth Services
    Emerson, our main character, is going to spend the summer at a camp for kids with high RISK factors. Basically, that means that they have superpowers. But not cool ones--Emerson's is that he can't control the fact that he might float away. Which does explain the super heavy weighted vest that he wears at all times. Another kid in his cabin gets stuck to things. However, camp does prove to be a place where Emerson and his bunkmates can make friend...
  • Robert Kent
    I loved Laura Martin’s Edge of Extinction books and I love Float as well. Essentially, Float is a kids with powers at summer camp story, but told with the same wit and flare for adventure as EOE. The main character, Emerson, has to be tied to things and weighted down to keep from floating away. His new friends have powers such as partial invisibility and uncontrollable time travel, which leads to all sorts of adventures and comedic scenarios. T...
  • Marisa
    A fun read, but the characters and story felt shallow and unoriginal. It seemed like a cross between X-men and Holes. It was ok. I preferred Martin's Edge of Extinction books for quality, but a little wholesome fluff books once in a while is fine too.
  • Lauren
    Emerson is a RISK kid. He has a strange power to defy gravity and float. Emerson spends the summer at camp with other RISK kids. Emerson and his bunkmates learn to embrace with their abilities as they work together. This fun story of camp escapades will be a great choice for readers.
  • Benjamin Bookman
    A well written story that has plenty to be interesting without getting too bogged down along the way. It is very clearly influenced by other books in the genre, and too similar to feel all that original. But still a fun read, with room for a sequel or continuation.
  • Shawn
    I won this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I think it's safe to say I'm not the target reader for it. That being said, I did enjoy the book and look forward to passing it on to my 13 year old daughter who seems interested in reading it.
  • Pam
    This will appeal to middle grade readers though it's not one of my favorites. The story moved slowly and the characters were flat.However, the concept will appeal to younger readers and they'll relate to the camp experiences and feeling unique and different from others.
  • Emily S
    It was a good book
  • Skyler
    Loved this book!!
  • Carolyn
    I won this book in a giveaway and I cannot wait to get back to school and share this with a lucky reader. I enjoyed being at camp with Emerson and his friends.
  • The Brothers
    Asher (12yo) read. "Really cool summer camp. Some of those 'R.I.S.K. factors' are kind of cool. Feel sorry for Anthony and his ability to time travel."
  • Chari
    What a fun read!
  • JT
    Won an ARC. Book was funny and exciting.
  • Victor The Reader
    A solid novel that feels like X-Men kids going to summer camp (Grade: B+).
  • Laura Scott
    The book was very interesting and had a good twist on superpowered kids
  • Alice
    Fun friendship novel for upper middle graders.
  • Laura
    A perfect read for Middle School Boys set in a camp for people with different abilities. In this case, Emerson literally floats, tethered to earth by heavy shoes and a vest (and tied into his bed at night). He quickly makes friends with his bunkmates, each of whom isn't quite normal (one can set things on fire, one time-travels, and one could be called the sometimes invisible boy). They have the same experiences many campers have, with bonfires a...