Review of Itch Rocks by Simon Mayo


Itch Rocks by Simon Mayo

Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 6 and up
Series: Itch #2

Genre: Adventure/science
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Splinter (April 1, 2014)

Source: From publisher for review

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Itchingham Lofte is back—and now he’s the most protected boy in the
world! After narrowly escaping the thugs from Greencorps and disposing
of element 126, Itch and his family live under constant surveillance by
England’s famed MI5. But even these top agents may not be able to help
him when enemies old and new scheme to get their hands on the
super-radioactive rocks—even if they have to kill Itch to do it. Filled
with danger, thrills, and some shocking surprises, this suspenseful
sequel is every bit as exciting as the first! 

About the Author:

Simon Mayo is one of Britain’s best-loved radio DJs. He works for BBC
Radio, and in 2008 he 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. Itch was his first novel. Simon lives in England. 

My Thoughts:

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

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

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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    Jeff Gill
    September 5, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Hi, Dena. I found you thanks to Kid Lit Blog Hop 44. I had no idea Simon Mayo was also an author. I'll have to see if my library has his books. My daughter might like to give them a go.

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