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May 09 2014

This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl with Wayne and Lori Earl

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Penguin Australia, 2014. ISBN: 9780141354033 'Just be happy, and if you can't be happy, do things that make you happy. Or do nothing with the people that make you happy.' Esther Earl Sometimes reading an autobiography or memoir is so intensely personal that one develops an emotional connection to the hitherto unknown writer that is quite profound. Esther Earl's short life has been encapsulated in this collection of her sketches, letters, journals, photographs and fiction in a way that presents this remarkable teenage girl in the true essence of her sparky and bright personality. It is little wonder that her online presence in the last few years of her life generated such a following and influenced so many others. At age twelve, Esther was diagnosed with thyroid cancer which threw her own life and that of her family into complete disarray but inspiringly, never despair. In 2010, shortly after turning 16, Esther died leaving a legacy of grace, hope and love that continues to provide inspiration to thousands. Celebrated author John Green, a personal friend and fellow nerdfighter, dedicated the best selling The Fault in Our Stars to Esther, naming her as his inspiration for the novel. He also writes a moving introduction to this memoir. Through Esther's creative journaling we are privy to not only her thoughts, aspirations and dreams but her warm and loving family, friends and support network. This is a remarkable book and destined to become one of those that will serve to feed the souls of many who are in similar circumstances as well as inspire others to strive for the stars. Sue Warren

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