- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday Childrens (28 Feb. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857531328
- ISBN-13: 978-0857531322
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.9 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Itch Rocks Hardcover – 28 Feb 2013
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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)
"Itch Rocks is copper-plated entertainment, and a great fusion of science and thriller. Hugely enjoyable." (Caroline Sanderson Books for Keeps)
The second book in the action adventure series by BBC radio presenter Simon Mayo.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
Life is starting to get back to normal for Itch after the adventures from the first book which resulted in Itch escaping the thugs from Greencorps and being exposed to radiation and having to have a bone marrow transplant.He is now back at school but with around the clock surveillance from MI5 for him and members of his family.
Criminal forces are still hunting for element 126 and will stop at nothing to find out where Itch has hidden the precious radioactive rocks. These enemies are willing to kill to get their hands on these radioactive rocks.
Lucy Cavendish,a girl from Itch's class had always been friendly but is now suddenly aggressive towards Itch, his cousin and sister, for reasons that stay secret throughout much of the book and slowly trickles out as the story progresses.
There's a new girl in school called Mary Lee and she has arrived in town due to her father's job which involves travelling around. She is a few years older than Itch in school. Mary informs Itch HER father collects elements also which stimulates Itch's facination, but things are not as they seem.She isn't who she professes to be and Itch would be wise to keep his distance but of course this being a story, doesn't happen.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought for my Niece who is a book worm and meet the Simon Mayo at her school she loved it.Published 2 months ago by Ms. Colleen Chapman
very interesting, chemistry info about different types of rocks, page turner. In a few places a little bit boring so I skipped the odd page, but overall excellentPublished 7 months ago by boshu
I love this book because of how the characters used elements of the periodic table in interesting ways
I chose this rating because I love chemistry and how they started... Read more