I just really struggle to do it. At first no one believes him - but soon, someone hears about the strange new rock and wants it for himself. Unfortunately he mis- calculated by a few centimetres. At home, Itch has a tendency to formulate disastrous experiments and the latest explosion not only removed his eyebrows but also got his collection banished to the shed. They all got copies of the book.
Itch is his first novel. You might also know him from his great 5Live afternoon show which included his verbal sparring with Mark Kermode debating the relative merits of the latest movies. Did you know that if you ingest tellurium you smell of garlic for months. I really enjoyed this book, partly because it taught me so much about the periodic table. She's very active on twitter and sometimes lurks on social media: , , , and.
Like many kids, he's a collector-magpie, but football stickers and manga-style cards aren't his thing. At the same time, Daniel Radcliffe sang the periodic table song on Graham Norton and this spurred Simon Mayo on to publish as he realised someone else would spot the gap in the market. The story itself flows well, and is generally well plotted, although there were a few passages where I did feel that the pace needed to be upped a little. The plot was fun and entertaining. From 1 on the Periodic Table up to 118. Having failed in his attempts to buy any, he was mixing his own.
When he is gifted a rock he believes to be Uranium, his life takes a turn for the exciting. With a Radio Nottingham colleague he developed a programme format called Globe Phone and sent it to , Head of Radio 1, who offered him a job. Mary Lee, who is a few years ahead of Itch in school, has just arrived in town because her father travels for his work. But when a rockhound friend of his sells him what he thinks is a small r So a novel about chemistry huh? Itch must protect them with people coming for them and get them to a safe place. Please allow for 3 to 10 business days after shipping for domestic and 1-2 weeks for International. This book takes place in a little town called Greenville.
Simon then went on to describe the session he delivers to students when he visits schools. But a few things bothered me. You've completed and published of book, which many people try to do, but few get this far. Then there was the ending. What follows are a number of madcap adventures, including late night theft, radiation poisoning, flooded mine shafts, hospitals and vomiting … lots of vomiting.
I felt that Mr Mayo blended the fact and the science fiction very well, to the point where as a layman I got lost in the story and stopped noticing the line between what was real science and what was a product of his imagination. On every window, the Lofte house now had steel shutters that could be lowered if there was a perceived threat. After an explosive beginning the story generally maintains its momentum until the final five chapters, which were somewhat boring, predictable, and ponderous -- skillful editing could have reduced these to two or perhaps three tight and gripping chapters. There are a number of great set pieces, especially towards the end of the story, which really had my heart in my mouth, as Itch goes through incredible dangers, and no small amount of pain, to keep the rocks from the bad guys and, in his eyes, save the world. Its a good science based adventure and has a good slice of danger. This is an exciting adventure, fast paced and believable with twists at every corner.
Mayo has written all three of the central trio brilliantly, and you can't help but wonder if some traits of his own children have contributed to the mixture. A couple of days ago I had no idea this series existed. I am sure that 10+ boys and girls , and especially those who love science, will enjoy this just as much as I did. He developed his collecting skills with Pokémon cards, coins, maps, marbles and frogs, but when his father gives him a periodic table book, Itch turns his attention to collecting the elements of the Periodic Table. I guess you could say that Itch is a little different from most children of his age as he has no interest in sport, computer games or any of the other things that his classmates love doing.
A tattered old book lay open on the floor, and Itch, kneeling down in his pyjamas, read the instructions aloud. He has been collecting and studying elements since he was a kid. And I followed that pretty religiously. In the end, Itch had managed to evade Flowerdew and leave the rocks in the bottom of a very deep well. I've got a square jaw and look quite masculine! Not a perfect book, but it worked for me and, as I usually try to gauge with books aimed at younger readers how I'd have felt about it when younger myself, I'd have enjoyed it also as a kid. In a world that has been saturated with books about young spies in recent years, it is truly refreshing to read an original adventure story featuring a likeable and believable character who has to rely on his wits and friends alone, rather than some fantastic gadget or the government agency he works for.
Entertainment chief Kevin Tsujihara kicked off what is likely to go down as one of the most extraordinary weeks in Hollywood history, spelling enormous turmoil and transition across the media landscape. I should also say right away that I'll be buying the second one, too, and reading it. No one knew what I was doing anyway, I didn't let anyone into the world that I created and envisaged. That said, by and large the kids in this book, especially our 14-year-old protagonist Itch or Itchingham Lofte, as his full name goes and his cousin Jack Jacqueline , struck me as rather realistic. This is ok but I started getting board with all the elements stuff it got in the way of the story. Don't let the idea of a chemistry-based novel turn you off, it's still a great story for anyone.