Itch: The Explosive Adventures Of An Element Hunter

by Simon Mayo

Splinter | April 2, 2013 | Hardcover

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Thrills. Danger. And world domination. Itch is as action-packed and suspenseful as a novel for young readers can get!

Fourteen-year-old Itchingham Lofte, nicknamed Itch, has an unusual passion: collecting specimens of every element in the periodic table. So what if that means he''s had a few ... mishaps? But when he gets his hands on a suspiciously warm rock made of a new, previously unknown element, things really begin to explode. Soon, a malevolent teacher, an evil-doing corporation, and a top-secret government agency are all after Itch. Can his science know-how keep him one step ahead of everyone...and help him stay alive?
 
A 2013 Parents'' Choice Award Winner: Silver Medal.
 
Cover and jacket flap feature augmented reality animations via a free downloadable Itch app! 

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 432 pages, 3.35 × 2.07 × 0.39 in

Published: April 2, 2013

Publisher: Splinter

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1454905093

ISBN - 13: 9781454905097

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Itch: The Explosive Adventures Of An Element Hunter

by Simon Mayo

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 432 pages, 3.35 × 2.07 × 0.39 in

Published: April 2, 2013

Publisher: Splinter

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1454905093

ISBN - 13: 9781454905097

About the Book

Fourteen-year-old Itch has an unusual passion: collecting specimens of every element in the periodic table. But when he gets hold of a suspiciously warm rock made of a previously unknown element, things really begin to explode.

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Thrills. Danger. And world domination. Itch is as action-packed and suspenseful as a novel for young readers can get!

Fourteen-year-old Itchingham Lofte, nicknamed Itch, has an unusual passion: collecting specimens of every element in the periodic table. So what if that means he''s had a few ... mishaps? But when he gets his hands on a suspiciously warm rock made of a new, previously unknown element, things really begin to explode. Soon, a malevolent teacher, an evil-doing corporation, and a top-secret government agency are all after Itch. Can his science know-how keep him one step ahead of everyone...and help him stay alive?
 
A 2013 Parents'' Choice Award Winner: Silver Medal.
 
Cover and jacket flap feature augmented reality animations via a free downloadable Itch app! 

About the Author

Simon Mayo is one of Britain''s best-loved and well-known radio DJs. He works for BBC radio, and in 2008 he was recognized as the "radio broadcaster of the year" at the 34th annual Broadcasting Press Guild Awards and the "Speech Broadcaster of the Year" at the Sony Radio Academy Awards. Itch is his first novel, and he''s working on a sequel, Itch Rocks!, scheduled for 2014. Simon lives in England.

Editorial Reviews

"Collecting stamps is boring. Why not start a more exciting collection, like dangerous elements? Itchingham Lofte never meant to get himself, his cousin, and his sister sick with radiation poisoning. He never meant to attract the attention of heartless corporations and evil terrorist groups. He certainly never meant to provoke his science teacher into attack mode. But Itch has an unusual, dangerous hobby—he collects the elements from the Periodic Table. And when one of his contacts delivers an unusual rock, Itch is thrilled. Instead of being afraid, he''s excited when the Geiger counter at school goes wild in reaction to the radioactive rock. But then begins the complicated task of finding a safe place for the amazing rock—and seven more just like it—while avoiding the ruthless people who want to use the element toward disastrous ends. British radio host and debut novelist Mayo delivers a fun, frightening, gutsy adventure story populated by heroic young people who refuse to back down from their save-the-world mission, even as their treasure renders them sick. These kids are smart enough to worry about their choices but moral enough to know their choices will make a political difference on a global scale. Fans of science will love its central role, and those readers who crave adrenalin[e] will appreciate the view from the edge of their seats." — Kirkus Reviews (STARRED REVIEW)    "It''s an action-packed adventure with some chuckle-worthy momen
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