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Itch Rocks: The Further Adventures of an Element Hunter Hardcover – April 1, 2014

4.9 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the ITCH Series

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Gr 7 Up—Mayo picks up the story of Itchingham Lofte just a few months after he has survived kidnapping by a psychopath and near-fatal levels of radiation. Cornish high-schooler "Itch," as he is known to all and sundry, managed to hide several samples of the heretofore unknown element 126 that has potential as a source of energy and a horrible weapon. Now he and his family are protected 24/7 by a team of MI5 agents and with good reason. Nathaniel Flowerdew, Itch's kidnapper, and Shivvi Tan Fook, Flowerdew's murderous associate, want 126, as do other criminal groups, and that means they need to trick or force the location from Itch. School is strange for Itch, his sister Chloe, and his cousin Jack, especially now that the formerly friendly Lucy Cavendish has become inexplicably cold and even vicious toward the trio. MI5 foils one kidnapping attempt but Itch and the girls are fooled into ducking their minders, and all three are captured. Shivvi coerces Itch to return to face element 126 at Woodingdean Well. Mayo carefully layers action with moments between family and friends to provide both adrenaline and a human side to the story. Itch, Chloe, and Jack are terrific characters who combine brains, heart, and will in a believable fashion. Regardless of their feelings about science, readers will cheer for these kids.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library Wisconsin Rapids

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For element hunter Itchingham Lofte, or Itch, life has changed drastically since hiding the highly radioactive (and only known samples of) element 126 down a well—an act that almost cost him his life. With a powerful few after his secret, a security team now follows him everywhere to ensure he and his family are safe. Despite these protective measures, danger is inescapable, and Itch finds himself once more on the run. Heavy on recap, this sequel to Itch (2013) is a little slow to take off; however, once it gets going, it takes the reader through exciting chases, fight scenes, and explosions. Additionally, Itch’s enthusiasm for chemistry imparts science facts to the narrative without coming off like a lecture. A few plot devices are implausible but can be forgiven for the sheer fun of the story. A sure hit for fans of the Alex Rider series, this sequel proves to be an action-packed read with a healthy dose of risk and an unhealthy dose of radiation. Grades 5-8. --Julia Smith
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 15 years
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Lexile Measure: HL720L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Splinter; First Edition edition (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454905107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454905103
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 10 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
So yesterday our review of book one posted. Today this is the review for book two. I have to say that this is one book that everyone would love. I really want a tv show made of this one!! Hey CW you hearing this?! This one is right up your ally!

Ok so both myself and my now 10 year old (her bday was back on the 2nd) we devoured this one. I was reading book 2 when she was reading book one and well lets say I had to speed up because she wanted to read this one as soon as she was done!

I am amazed how good book two was! This year has been a year of sequels kicking butt and taking names! And this one is no different. And to top it off there is a book three coming out EEP! We read this book in two days and so can't wait for book three.

The story is explosive! The characters grow even more! and man when does book three come out in the states?

Itch's life has changed so much since book one. He disposed of the rocks that got him in the hot seat and now his family is in protected by MI5. So now Itch's hope in making friends etc. are squashed since they have body guards living with them. He is trying to keep the secret of where the element 126 is and he won't tell anyone not even the good guys. I loved the fact that even through he was young. Itch stood his ground.

This one will knock your socks off with more adventure, twist and turns that will keep you guessing until the end! These are the stories our kids will want to read! So donate one to your school or library today!

Go Into This One Knowing
That if your kids get a whiff of the awesomeness that is Itch you won't get your book back! So buy two copies if you can! Also know that this is a fast paced read! Even though its kinda long you will be done before you know it!

"All opinions are 100% honest and my own."
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My daughter loves this series!!! She is almost 12. Combines science and learning and adventure. The first book in the series was necessary reading in English and she ate it up. They all were supposed to read at the same pace with the class but she kept reading ahead because she loved it so much. She is ready for the next book in the series.
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Any fan of fast past stories, intellegent characters and outwitting the bad guys will enjoy this book. Be careful. My fourth grader has already started collecting samples from the periodic table of elements thanks to this book. I'm sure your reader will want to start their own collection too.
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Explosions, chemistry, and psychopaths—what's not to love? This is one of the most exciting young adult novels I've read in months. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series and Itch Rocks did not disappoint.

Itch's secret is not as safe as he'd hoped, and things start to unravel quickly. Events turn deadly and once again, it's up to Itch to save the world.

This is such a fun adventure. I love that there is nothing else like it on the bookstore shelves right now. Most young adult novels fit into a predictable mold, but the Itch books are a breath of fresh air to the stagnant YA category. This series is perfect for anyone that likes explosions, chemistry, or new adventures.

Content: Very clean, but there is some violence and a couple (about 2 or 3) curse words.

Source: I requested a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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My son (10) tore through this book. It's great to see the power of good writing in action. Itch Rocks contains some fun scary passages, that are very descriptive, these resonated greatly with my boy (and there is a nice cast of bad guys) - There was lots of talk around the dinner table about Itch. Then he ran away to read more. Simon Mayo delivered the rocks. A+
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Flowerdew is sooooo evil and messed up!!!! The team are awesome. And the Coles family are fine. They like their new house by the blown up golf course.
If you like a bit of science, explosions, guns and psychopathic crazy people this is the second book for you. (The first book is the first book: Itch. 😋
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