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Radio 2, which features the Radio 2 Book Club. He is also the co-presenter of 'Kermode and Mayo's Film Review' on BBC Radio 5 Live. In 2008, Mayo 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. He lives in London with his family.
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?
Cover and jacket flap feature augmented reality animations via a free downloadable Itch app!
Simon Mayo’s Itch: The Explosive Adventures of an Element Hunter is the perfect middle-grade book. It has the adventure and action that only this genre can bring. The grand journey the three kids embark on is filled with suspense and thrills. The story is highly inventive and takes readers into pure fantasy of fun and non-stop action/adventure. The writing is excellent and pits readers alongside Itch as he tries to protect this extremely powerful element from getting into the wrong hands. I was amazed at how a very unique hobby can be transformed into an adventure that is just beyond any imagination.
Itch is a character that many young readers can relate to. As many pre-teens try to figure out who they are, Itch is on that same boat. He is socially awkward but his hobby is his channel to really grow and to really discover himself. Like many youngsters, Itch’s determination is high and will use his ingenious ways to obtain what he is after…collecting all the elements known to the periodic table.
This book is impressively filled with action that can be felt from beginning to end. This is the perfect book for any young person who has a knack for wanting to know how things work. Science is a venue that will light up the light bulb in our brains. Mr. Mayo has strategically used science and turned it into an adventure that is truly beyond any comparison. The ending comes to a sensational stop as Mr. Mayo left satisfactory loose ends and unanswered plot strands that will make up the foundation for an impending sequel.