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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (27 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552565512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552565516
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By amelia on 1 Mar 2013
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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 By J. Small on 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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When I started this I thought Itch was very much like Eoin colfer character Artemis Fowl, although there was no magic involved, so was a bit disappointed. Reading on, this is about a 14 year old boy "Itch" who is a collector of elements on the periodic table, itch is sold some of the hard to get elements from his friend "cake"' on one occasion cake gives Itch a rock, which had a strange consistency. Itch takes it to his form teacher mr Watkins to see if he can shed any light on it, he suggests he should ask his science teacher Flowerdew ( who Itch does not like) but is too curious, so he ask him about it, Flowerdew tries to hid his excitement when he sees it and says he would take it home to do tests on it, only to discover ............., this guy is deceitful & very nasty. Once I finished the book i thought it was just ok, but ordered the 2nd out of curiosity to see how it progressed & I'm so glad I did, as the 2nd book was much more exciting & could not put it down until I finished it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IMT1960 on 10 Jun 2014
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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 By Zarina Jones on 8 May 2014
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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 By The Chazzy on 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 By H J Mac on 20 Jun 2013
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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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