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Sandra Louw
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Australian author in the young adult genre and a bio-medical statistician living in Japan.
Australian author in the young adult genre and a bio-medical statistician living in Japan.

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Thank you to +Ronny Berg at +Creek Street Photography for the amazing photos!

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I'm from Australia and my fiancé is from South Africa so we're planning a wedding that suits both our backgrounds. I thought that would be pretty easy but along the way I've noticed several key points of difference about what we're used to at weddings. For example, in Australia we usually sign the marriage documents in front of our guests, but in South Africa that's often not the case. Also in Australia the parents of the couple don't usually sit at the bridal table, but in South Africa they usually do. This is the story of all the little differences we discovered while we organised our wedding.

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Living in Japan is an amazing, life-changing experience. But what happens when you come back home? This is my story of trying to adjust to life back in Australia after three years in Japan.

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So happy to get a 5-star review of my book on Readers' Favorite website by reviewer Cheryl Schopen!
Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite

In The Ghostly Grammar Boy by Sandra Thompson, Fiona has to deal with her sister and her sister’s new boyfriend’s problems. It’s a typical teenager’s life, except for the fact that her sister and her boyfriend are both dead. When Fiona’s twin sister, Ella, died when they were toddlers, Fiona gained the ability to not only see ghosts but also to communicate with and touch them. Now Ella wants Fiona to use her gift to help her new boyfriend solve the mystery of how he died. On top of all of her secret ghost issues, Fiona has other things to deal with too, including high school, work, friends, and boys. This is going to be one tough year. 

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. I rarely feel this way about a book, and since I am a huge bookworm, that says a lot. 

This book has it all. There were times where I couldn’t help but laugh out loud, and then there were some touching moments that just made my heart flutter a little. Throughout the entire book, I was on the edge of my seat. It was so unpredictable with just the right amount of twists and unexpected turns. If you like suspense, mystery, humor, heart, a little bit of romance, and a character that will remind you of your high school self, then give this book a chance. You definitely won’t regret it; I sure don’t. I now have a favorite new author. I will be counting down the days until the next book in the series comes out.

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What's the weirdest thing you've eaten in Japan? Fish sperm sac is the winner for me. This is the story of how I got tricked into eating it. (It's delicious by the way!)

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I tried to practice my Japanese when I got my eyes checked in Tokyo a few months ago… and ended up getting the wrong prescription. This is the story of attempt number two. Have you had a similar experience? Ganbatte!

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