Itch: The Explosive Adventures of an Element Hunter
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, previo ...more
So a novel about chemistry huh? Turns out it was pretty good.
Itchingham Lofte or "Itch" is fourteen and he collects elements. That's right elements Hydrogen, Helium, etc. From 1 on the Periodic Table up to 118. Now most of these elements are harmless but others, well, not so much. This has gotten Itch into trouble before. Like blowing up his bedroom and in the process burning off his eyebrows with his sample of Phosphorus. But when a rockhound friend of his sells him what he thinks is a small r
Some have compared to Alex Rider and Jason Steed…. FAIL. Alex and Jason are much better books and more exciting.
This is ok but I started getting board with all the elements stuff it got in the way of the story.
So I sighed and went and bought a copy of the first one. (I should also say right away that I'll be buying the second one, too, and reading it.) And ... yeah, really glad that I did.
I should say right away that - as is the c ...more
Itchingham "Itch" Lofte didn't mean to burn off his eyebrows. He also didn't mean to send his whole science class to the hospital with arsenic poisoning. When you take up a dangerous hobby like collecting elemen ...more
In the beginning of the novel we meet just such a child, 14 year old Itchingham Lofte, "Itch" who is interested in science. Well actually, it's more accurate to say that this boy is passionate about the Periodic Table. This book takes place in a little town called Greenville. Ever si ...more
Reading "ITCH" by Simon Mayo has really changed my perspective on how I view science. This book made me itching for more, a marvelous piece of work by Mayo. We follow the story of Itchingham Lofte, "Itch", and his epic adventures revolving around a single rock. When I started this project I was immediately excited when I read the back and seeing that there is an featured augmented reality animation app, the animation was truly fantastic a short snippet of the book, which part... well you're gon ...more
Itchingham Lofte is science obsessed. When he is not causing small explosions in his bedroom, he is tracking down elements from the periodic table. So far his growing collection has been stored under his bed but after losing his eyebrows in an 'experiment', Mum insists it is all bound for the shed.
After acci ...more
I think it is a cool way to get students thinking more about science in a hobby way rat ...more
The whole time I was looking forward to finishing it. Curious what you think.
Itch has caused explosions with his elements before. But when an accident involving blowing off his eyebrows happens his mum bans the elements from the house. But taking them to school will be alright, won't it? Wrong. Then a load of events lead up to some very dangerous rocks in Itch's hands. Itch must protect them with people coming for them and get them to a safe place.
I really enjoyed this book, partly because it taught me so much about the ...more
This is a great hook and after I seen it in my local library, I thought I’d give it a go. After a slow dubious start with a callously accidental Arsenic based gassing of his class mates (no deaths so its OK), Itchingham ‘Itch’ Lofte comes across an unusual rock that changes colour. It turns out ...more
It turns out that some people are, just not in the way he expects them to be. When he is gifted a rock he believes to be Uranium, his life takes a turn for the exciting. With radioactive readings off the charts, ever ...more
I felt the book was hit and miss. Some good writing, but it could have sorely done with a decent editor. So many sentences with superfluous words - it could have been 80% of the length, with no appreciable difference ...more
The story begins with a “bang” (literally) when one of our young hero’s science experiments (with phosphorus) blows up ...more
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His series 'Itch' is closely related to best selling series such as Alex Rider & Jason Steed. Also written by British authors.
Simon was recognised as the Radio Broadcaster of the Year at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards in 2008, and has won several Sony Awards for his work in radio.