Itch: The Explosive Adventures of an Element Hunter
March 01, 2013
Thrills. Danger. And world domination. Itch is as action-packed and suspenseful as a middle-grade novel can get!
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?
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Lots of science AND lots of action. The science never bogged down the story or felt pedantic. The information about the elements was interesting, and Itch's constant fiddling with things gets him into interesting trouble. (Who knew that such a little bit of arsenic could cause so much trouble?) I liked Itch, the supporting characters were all fun, especially his beleaguered parents.
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