Author(s): Simon Mayo
"A great debut. You'll be itching to read more.' Anthony Horowitz Meet Itch - an accidental, accident-prone hero. Science is his weapon. Elements are his gadgets. All-action adventure perfect for fans of Alex Rider and Young Bond. Itchingham Lofte - known as Itch - is fourteen, and loves science, especially chemistry. He's also an element-hunter- he's collecting all the elements in the periodic table. Which has some interesting and rather destructive results in his bedroom. Then, Itch makes a discovery. A new element, never seen before. At first no one believes him - but soon someone hears about the strange new rock and wants it for himself. And Itch and his family are catapulted into a breathless adventure with terrifyingly high stakes . . . The debut novel from BBC radio presenter Simon Mayo."
Meet Itch - an accidental, accident-prone hero. Science is his weapon. Elements are his gadgets. Perfect for fans of Alex Rider and Young Bond.
Shortlisted for Tir Na N-OG Book Awards: Best English-Language Book 2015 and Northern Ireland Book Award 2015 and Wandsworth Schools Fabulous Book Award 2015 and Sheffield Children's Book Award 2015 and Tower Hamlets Book Award 2015 and Wandsworth Schools Fabulous Book Award 2014. Long-listed for Sussex Coast Schools Amazing Book Awards 2014 and Carnegie Medal 2013.
A great debut. You'll be itching to read more. Anthony Horowitz Itchingham, a science-mad boy, is trying to collect examples of all the elements. He gets hold of a peculiar rock from a shadowy contact but some sinister heavies are also keen to get hold of it (and him) and he goes on the run in this gripping read. Financial Times Books of the Year An exciting and nail-biting thriller. Booktrust Amid the teenage intrigue and heart-in-mouth escapades there are sequin flashes of real science: reminders that physical chemistry really does make things happen. -- Tim Radford The Guardian 20120519 A gripping and wholly enjoyable debut ... I'm greatly anticipating the sequel. Daily Record
Simon Mayo is one of Britain's best-loved and well-known radio presenters. He has worked on BBC radio since 1981 and is now the presenter of 'Drivetime' on BBC Radio 2, which features the regular 'Book Club' show. He is also the co-presenter of 'Kermode and Mayo's Film Review' on BBC Radio 5 Live. In 2008, Mayo was recognized as 'Radio Broadcaster of the Year' at the 34th annual Broadcasting Press Guild Awards and 'Speech Broadcaster of the Year' at the Sony Radio Academy Awards. Itch is his first novel.