The Explosive Adventures of an Element Hunter
By Simon Mayo
Splinter, Hardcover, 9781454905097, 425pp.
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
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? A 2013 Parents' Choice Award Winner: Silver Medal. Cover and jacket flap feature augmented reality animations via a free downloadable Itch app
“A great debut. You'll be itching to read more!” —Anthony Horowitz, New York Times bestselling author of the Alex Rider series “You'd have to work quite hard not to like Itchingham Lofte. . . amid the teenage intrigue and heart-in-mouth escapades there are sequin flashes of real science. . . the story [moves along] in a high-speed Hitchcockian manner...” —The Guardian