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The Ghostly Grammar Boy (The Dusk Duo) Paperback – September 23, 2013
Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite
There can only be one word to describe Sandra Thompson and The Ghostly Grammar Boy: AMAZING. Thompson's first book in the Dusk Duo series was written incredibly well. The dialogue was realistic, the characters were completely believable, and the plot was entertaining yet surprisingly suspenseful. I literally could not put the book down. I stayed up for hours reading, determined to finish. And when I did, I was so frustrated that I would have to wait for the next book in the series.
Reviewed by Tabetha Collier for Readers' Favorite
Rating: 4.0 stars
I would say that "The Ghostly Grammar Boy" is a good story with a lot of suspense. I was kept guessing throughout the story as to who the true culprit was and was quite surprised at the twist to the plot towards the end. ... The author does a great job of explaining everything that is going on and the reader is able to visualize the action as it happens. The ending leaves it open for a possible sequel, which is what I hope the author has in mind because as a reader I want to know what happens next.
About the Author
Sandra grew up in Sydney, Australia as a black-haired girl with two blonde sisters. She was not adopted, despite what they told her. She first discovered her passion for writing in primary school when she was forced to write a short story for a school assignment. She was surprised to discover that she really enjoyed it and began to read and write avidly. After graduating from university in Sydney, Sandra began working as a full-time statistician. Her days were filled with number crunching, whilst her evenings were filled with Fiona’s exciting supernatural adventures as she wrote the first book of the Dusk Duo series, The Ghostly Grammar Boy. Sandra now lives in Tokyo, Japan where she is continuing to work as a daytime statistician and a nighttime author. She is currently working on book two of the Dusk Duo series, The Deadly School Camp. ‘Hai!’ Sandra also speaks some Japanese and is learning a lot about Japanese culture by making lots of mistakes. She writes about her experiences on her blog and is also working on a romantic suspense novel set in Tokyo called The Sakura Vacancy. Sandra really appreciates the support of her readers. You can find her online at http://sandrathompsonauthor.blogspot.jp/
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Set in chilling Canberra, the story unfolds around Fiona, a Year 10 high school student with a special gift for seeing ghosts and her perilous investigation into the unexplained death of a local grammar school boy. Ms Thompson has skillfully captured the thoughts and imaginations of her teenage characters in a very fun and readable way - bringing fresh humor, heart and more than a few surprises!!
Can't wait to see the sequel for more supernatural adventures of Fiona and her high school friends!
Author Sandra Thompson’s novel THE GHOSTLY GRAMMAR BOY, a paranormal story for young adult readers, follows fifteen-year-old Fiona, who, unlike most people, can see and talk to ghosts, as she attempts to discover who wants to kill the ghost Chris’ brother, Alan. Enter Shane, a friend of Fiona’s brother, and also a hunk who suddenly takes an interest in Fiona. To her surprise, he also can see ghosts. Soon the mystery gets more complicated, and Fiona doesn’t know whom to trust. To keep from giving away the plot, I’ll just say that Fiona finds more trouble than she ever imagined.
The author adds twists and surprises to keep the reader guessing who and most of all why Alan’s life is in danger. I was beginning to suspect what was going on toward the end of the story, but Sandra Thompson kept the suspense and tension high so I wasn’t sure how the story would end. THE GHOSTLY GRAMMAR BOY is a fun read with good guys and bad guys, jealousy and friendship, along with danger and revenge. This is the first book in the Dusk Duo Series. I wonder what the ghosts will be up to next. This novel would make a nice addition to school libraries, perhaps to show how jealousy and revenge can drive a person to do the unthinkable.
The author provided me with a copy of this book for my honest review.
Of note was the character development. Each of characters was thoughtfully developed, making them ideal for a teen audience to relate to.
At times touching, mysterious and always interesting, this can only be the first of a very promising series.
I laughed out loud and couldn't wait to find out what happened to Fiona and the boyfriend and ghost situation.
I can't wait until the next book in the dusk duo!