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Itch Rocks

Itch Rocks [Kindle Edition]

Simon Mayo
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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"This fantastic book keeps you guessing at every turn and gives you some interesting facts about physics and chemistry." (Young Reviewer, Daniel Wood First News)

"With its explosive mix of action and adventure, chemistry lessons will never be the same again." (Sarah Kingsford Daily Express)

"Mayo's story about the misadventures of a 14-year-old science nut, Itchingham Lofte, whose experiments result in exploding dustbins and "mass puking over teachers", soon had 150 pupils erupting in spontaneous applause. By the time he wrapped things up 40 minutes later, every child wanted his autograph and the queue snaked around the hall." (Evening Standard)

Book Description

The second book in the action adventure series by BBC radio presenter Simon Mayo.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 533 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: RHCP Digital (28 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009A94LBQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,229 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Splendid Sequel 1 Mar 2013
By amelia
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You thought you had seen the last of element 126 (highly radioactive, extremely dangerous and incredibly valuable) at the end of Itch? Well it is back and causing a whole lot of new trouble for Itchingham Lofte and his friends.

Itch (the first book in the series) has great character development and scene setting but with mainly familiar characters and a continuing storyline Itch Rocks starts with a bang and never really slows down until the boom at the end. Vomit is so last year; blood and broken bones is where it is at now and there is some fantastic bone breaking!

There is something very appealing about books that fall into the young adult category. The best ones, like Itch Rocks, have brilliant stories well told with clear, simple but wonderful language. I don't think the Itch books are kids books, they are just books that happen to have children in them that are suitable for adults and children.

Itch Rocks is also very funny; I kept being told off for giggling and laughing while reading it. Simon Mayo has a terrific sense of humour and this shines through again in Itch Rocks. Simon may have a successful day job on the radio but that is not important; Itch and Itch Rocks are just fantastically well written and enjoyable books.

As with Itch there is a real enthusiasm for the science but not to the extent that it gets in the way of the story. It is not a science book; it is an adventure story that happens to have some science in it. It all makes sense even if you wouldn't know an element from a polo mint.

Itch Rocks is quite simply a fabulous book. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Book 3 - Itch Craft - is out in September 2014 and I can't wait to spend more time with the Lofte clan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Itch really does rock 2 Mar 2013
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My son, also 10, received his copy yesterday and hasn't put it down. He read Itch at Christmas in a few days and has been looking forward to the sequel. These books have triggered an interest in all things elemental, perhaps he is a budding chemist! Anything to keep him off computer games- well done Simon Mayo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift 10 Jun 2014
By IMT1960
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I bought this and Simon Mayo's "Itch" for my friend's 10 year old son. I enjoy Simon Mayo's radio programme, I find him entertaining and articulate, so was keen to read the reviews of both books. Having done that, I bought them both with confidence and am so pleased that I did. After they'd been read, I was told that they were "Brill!!!" What more can you ask ?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I bought a "proper" copy of Itch a while ago and only recently got round to picking it up and it was so good that I had to immediately download Itch Rocks for my kindle the second I finished the first book.
The story is really well thought out, very cleverly written and just so fast paced I felt like I could feel the wind rushing through my hair as I sped through Itchingham's story with him!

Even though it's obviously aimed at young folks (and me being a 40 something avid reader) it's not childish or immature in either it's language or content.

I would highly recommend this to anyone.

Can't wait for book 3!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Itch Rocks 8 Aug 2013
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A really great book that I only put down when my kindle ran out of charge. It is very good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first book 20 Jun 2013
By H J Mac
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This is a sequel that beats it's predecessor, which is hard to do. It propels you along, and I found it hard to put down. The cliffhangers from the last story are all solved but it's not simple or clear cut.

I really love the characters. Some of the adults are adorable, especially Mr Watkins. The kids are all great and I do like that Simon Mayo has clearly been mindful not to make this simply a boy's own adventure, the girls are great, and brave and resourceful. There's even a young female baddie, who is rather nasty and brutal.

Of course it has the typical young people's fiction cliche of the children being cleverer than all the scientists and MI5 agents around them. They outsmart the adults at every turn. But it's a cliche that works in fiction, although there were times when I did feel a bit frustrated at just how thick the supposed adult protectors were being.

Still highly recommended, I really hope there are more books coming about Itch and his ideas, this story is resolved for now, but there are quite a few plotlines and characters that could easily be developed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absorbing and exciting 14 April 2013
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I read Itch because I love Simon Mayo on the radio and assumed it was a book for adults (I am 59!) I was so gripped by the original storyline and the excellent writing style that I immediately had to buy and read the follow-up, Itch Rocks, to see how the story ended. I think Simon Mayo is a genius!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 31 July 2014
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When I read the first itch I thought that it was an excellent book and when I noticed that Simon Mayo had written another one I was very excited and I couldn't wait to read it but I thought it would struggle to be better than itch NO.1 but it was. It had much more action and there were points when I struggled to put it down. I would recommend reading the first itch first rather than going straight to itch rocks as itch rocks will be much easier to understand. All round this was an excellent read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant second book from Simon Mayo son really loves the story line. .can't wait for book number three.
Published 13 days ago by curly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book and cool cover.
Published 15 days ago by A.C
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
actually my grandson loved it
Published 16 days ago by leslie allan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series. Have read the first 3 and will ...
Great series. Have read the first 3 and will certainly get the next one. Husband and 10 yr old Niece also loved it.
Published 24 days ago by H Night
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Brilliant sequel to the first brilliant book can't wait to see if an itch three is released if you have read the first book you'll love this
Published 1 month ago by Yak
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved by grandchildren.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Christina M. Walmsley
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
Really exciting sequel to Itch
Recommendations to children age 9- onwards
It's a must read
Action excitement this book is great
Published 3 months ago by sammyyyy
5.0 out of 5 stars Itch really rocks!
Itch rocks is a brilliant, action packed and fast paced book. The storyline is fantastic; lots of twists and turns in it. The main character, Itch, is also great. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Laurie Barr
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner
I loved Itch and Itch 2, fascinating, great story, great characters...I do no not want it to to end and feel sad it's over.
Published 3 months ago by MS J A PRISCOTT
5.0 out of 5 stars Yaaay
I LOVe this book

It is Asoooooooome lol lol lol loves it lol lol
Published 3 months ago by Connie C.
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