Elementary, my dear Watson
I really enjoyed Itch: the explosive adventures of an element hunter by Simon Mayo. This books starts out with Itchingham “Itch” Lofte having another yet another experiment go awry and singeing off his eyebrows. Itch is fourteen and is obsessed with collecting all the elements on the periodic table. You know what I’m talking about. Your teachers made it sound so boring. This book fixes all of that, because some elements are just too dangerous to collect. This riotous adventure includes a risky theft, a brutal kidnapping, and a great chase scene, when Itch’s hobby puts himself, his family and the world at risk. I recommend for techies and non-techies alike in grades six on up.