By Emily Ecton
(Chronicle Books, Hardcover, 9781452101552, 256pp.)
Publication Date: March 2012
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Jeremy's troubles begin when his eccentric neighbor leaves him an "experiment" for safekeeping—a jackalope! This so-called mythological creature looks like a bunny rabbit, but comes with razor-sharp antlers and is purported to be a ruthless killer. When government agents show up at Jeremy's house seeking the jackalope for their own nefarious purposes, Jeremy must find a way to protect the jackalope, and himself. So he reluctantly joins forces with Agatha, his holier-than-thou genius neighbor. Together, with the jackalope (and his weapons-grade antlers) tucked away in a backpack, they have only one chance to save Jack and still get their science fair projects in on time. With her striking sense of humor, Emily Ecton has created a hilarious and suspenseful adventure, complete with a compelling and unforgettable cast of characters.
Emily Ecton is a writer and producer for Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, the NPR news quiz show. She has also been a playwright, a chinchilla wrangler, an ice cream scooper, and a costume character. She lives in Chicago with her dog, Binky.
"A very satisfying thriller ... readers will still be eager for a sequel" - Kirkus Reviews
"Will keep readers smiling to the very end." - School Library Journal