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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 wa ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 21st 2012 by Chronicle Books (first published March 9th 2012)
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Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
Apr 30, 2012 Stella ☢FAYZ☢ Chen rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 9 year olds who enjoys science
This book was funny and unique and the concept behind it is fantastic. The concept itself can be a Dreamworks animated movie where I think kids will definitely have a good time watching the story unfold. However, the story failed to reach its potential in many ways. Here are some of the issues I had with the book:

1) Character development. Everything was so rushed. Jeremy, the main character finds a Jackalope in his room; left there by his mad-scientist neighbour, and immediately things begins to
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Ms. Yingling
Jeremy is used to running odd errands for Professor Twichett, but when the odd scientist leaves a cryptic note and an evil looking jackelope in Jeremy's care, he's not quite sure what to do. When men in suits start stalking him, pretending that the professor has inherited money, Jeremy suspects that something is up. He consults Agatha, his neighbor and one time assistant to the professor, and finds out that the jackalope was sort of her idea. She thinks it would be a great idea to use the jackel ...more
M.
Jeremy thought he was helping out when he offered to run errands for his neighbor, Professor Twichett, but he never expected the professor to run away and leave the results of his latest experiment, a jackalope, in Jeremy's bed. Jackalopes, we learn, can be docile if fed whiskey, but have razor sharp antlers that can maim or kill if the horned bunny gets riled up. Jeremy teams up with a neighbor, Agatha, to figure out what to do. How do you hide a jackalope? Who are the men in black suits that a ...more
Diana
Jeremy ran errands for his eccentric neighbor Professor Twichett, but that was the extent of their relationship. Then one day mysterious men in dark suits are hanging out in his apartment building, and Jeremy finds a package in his bedroom from the Professor. He's shocked to find a rabbit, with antlers and bloodthirsty eyes - a jackalope. Now on the run, not sure who to trust, he turns to Agatha, the weird, nerdy girl down the hall. Together, they try to find answers to what is going on, and to ...more
Cindy Hudson
Jeremy thought he was doing Professor Twitchett a favor by running errands for him after the professor and Agatha have a falling out. But when the professor disappears leaving Jeremy with what appears to be a jackalope and suited men showing up to question him, he has to turn to Agatha for help. Together the two of them try to solve the mystery of the professor’s disappearance, elude the men with secret weapons who are chasing them, find out about a traitor, and save the mythical creature they b ...more
Heather
Review of an advance copy:

When Jeremy gets home from school one day, he finds a note from his eccentric scientist neighbor in the lobby and a jackalope in a box on his bed. Suddenly men in suits are following him everywhere, and Jeremy has to work with his neighbor Agatha to keep himself and the jackalope safe. The books is very funny and full of action and lots of crazy situations. I found it highly entertaining, and enjoyed the chase as well as finding out more about Professor Twitchell. I als
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Barbara
When Jeremy unexpectedly finds a jackalope in his bedroom, left there by Professor Twitchett, a rather disreputable scientist who lives in the same apartment building, he's in trouble from the start. He barely knows the man who has disappeared, and there are several men wearing suits interrogating Jeremy and the rest of the tenants. Jeremy teams up with Agatha, another neighbor who is a classmate, and they try to protect the jackalope while figuring a way to outsmart the professor and government ...more
Ashley E
What would you do if your crazy professor neighbor broke into your house, left a dangerous experiment in your bed, and disappeared, leaving mysterious government agents stalking you in his wake? Project Jackalope answers that question with lots of great humor... and chase scenes.

While this book is aimed at younger readers (tweens), I think anyone could enjoy this book. I know I did! Jeremy is your average junior high kid. His parents are annoying (but he suffers them anyway), he's not popular, h
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Ms. Yockey
Apr 01, 2012 Ms. Yockey marked it as to-read
Shelves: mysteries-2012
From the Publisher: You think jackalopes aren't real? THINK AGAIN.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 ...more
Samh
It was a intense story and i ended up liking it
Philipp
This book might be a five-star book, but...
Emily gets a point taken off for being a friend and writing such a readable, exciting book anyway.
And for writing "...one of those oldies songs, 'Highway to Hell'"
Fun book and great narrator who keeps lying to himself (and knows he's lying to himself) but won't back off from it, really (I mean, c'mon). - That was my inadequate attempt at capturing the hilarious tone of the book.
Kathy
A crazy scientist drops off a mythical creature, and suddenly imposing men in suits are after Jeremy. Who are these men, and what do they want?

I enjoyed this book more than other books by this author, I think because it was more based in reality. I thought that this was something that could really happen.
Martha
I almost put it down at page 3.
The narrator was talking to me. And I don't normally appreciate that.
But I kept at it, and I'm glad I did.
This would be the kind of book certain adventure-seeking boys would like, and I'm glad I stuck with it. How else would I know how to avoid DARPA or mad scientists?
Kristen Badger
This book was so much funnier than I expected! What a cute, original and fast-paced story. Really enjoyed it and I think most Middle School kids would also.
Literary Princess
Silly. Predictable. A good J book for those who are into spy books or science books (but not very believable science). Light. No romance. Not too dumbed down. Recommend to younger readers who are looking to read up a bit.
Joshua


just another fun wacky read by Ecton, and hopefully the start of a series, read it from the point of view of a kid and it's a 5 star book!
Alice
Quirky science fiction /mystery. I wonder if this is just the beginning of a series...which would be nice.
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Emily Ecton is a writer and producer for Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!, the NPR news quiz. 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, who unlike Mr. Boots, never wears clothes.
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