Doubleday 2013 $27.99pb 434 pages
ISBN 978 0 8575 3133 9
Themes: Action stories/ Sequels
Itchingham Lofte feels like any other ‘normal’ teenager but add in some radioactive rocks, a psychotic science teacher, international terrorists and a team of security guards set up to protect him 24/7, it is sometimes hard even to convince himself. This sequel to Itch (a good idea to have read it first) contains all the elements of the first book but takes it to an even higher level of excitement and inventiveness.
Itch is a character to warm to with his slightly Walter Mittyish / Mr Magoo behaviour and although he is put in the most terrifying of situations we never really fear for his ultimate safety. Of course all this may change in the next book in the trilogy promised for next year.
Go to :www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvY3mIa-Ekw to see Simon Mayo reading from and talking about the book.
Year 6 up/ Age 10 upPhoto of Simon Mayo: acknowledgements to BBC, London