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Historical Fantasy | The Three Hares | Scott Lauder and David Ross

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We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts on tour today for The Three Hares : The Jade Dragonball by Scott Lauder and David Ross.

“An exciting, new, middle grade, historical, fantasy fiction series written collaboratively by two teachers and authors – one in the UAE and the other in NYC – The Three Hares series will educate as well as entertain. With both female and male protagonists, historical and cultural and a plot that promotes values such as grit, inner strength, resilience, empathy and confidence, this is sure to be a huge hit in and out of the classroom.”

Book cover for The Three Hares : The Jade Dragonball by Scott Lauder and David Ross

Sara Livingstone’s school trip to the Beijing Palace Museum takes a terrifying turn when an encounter with the ancient Qingming Scroll thrusts her one thousand years into China’s past. With secrets in the shadows and danger around every corner, Sara relies on her wits (and her Granny Tang’s stories) to survive. As dark forces gather, she must take her place in a cosmic battle and find the courage to face an unworldly ancient magic.

The Three Hares : The Jade Dragonball by Scott Lauder and David Ross is published by Neem Tree Press (5th September 2019) and is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.


The Three Hares is a fantasy aimed at pre-teen readers however it’s an enjoyable read for all ages.  

Sara Livingstone, whilst on a school trip begins an incredible adventure. Visiting Beijing’s Palace Museum the Qingming scroll takes her back 1000 years ago into China’s past. An exciting quest in which she remembers her granny Tang’s stories to survive dangerous threats.  

This is a story which includes the importance of inner strength, courage and resilience.   I really enjoyed it as it blends Chinese history with fantasy.

A read with twists and turns which I found interesting and exciting.

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Author photo Scott Lauder

Scott Lauder has always been fascinated by other cultures, which inspired his choice to live in myriad countries including Greece, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Japan, throughout his life. Born in Ayrshire, Scotland Scott now lives with his wife in Sharjah. History is another of Scott’s passions; both of his graded readers for Oxford University Press were set in the past, one in Ancient Egypt, the other in Ancient Rome. He cites researching the periods for those books and the Three Hares series as “great fun,” a passion that emanates throughout the novel.

Author photo David Ross

David Ross has taught English since 1987, when he began working in Japan. There, he met his co-author, Scott Lauder, when they both taught at the same English school. While in Japan, David performed with a rock band for a couple of years and produced an album (Los Turbines). His decade of teaching in Japan provided with the opportunity to travel in Asia, Africa, and Europe. After returning to his home country of the United States of America, David taught at Loyola University in New Orleans, before moving to New York in 2004, where he taught elementary school – and where he still lives with his wife and two sons. In 2010, David received his doctorate in Educational Studies from McGill University in Montreal. He has spent four summers of the last decade, two in China and two in Indonesia, teaching at universities.

I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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