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Esther Earl, Quincy teen, is inspiration for two books

Esther Earl, who needed oxygen as she grew sicker, has inspired another book, this one  told through her own words.
Esther Earl, who needed oxygen as she grew sicker, has inspired another book, this one told through her own words.Credit:

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QUINCY — When Esther Earl was too sick to walk upstairs because of the advanced state of her thyroid cancer, her parents, Lori and Wayne Earl, turned their dining room into a bedroom and added a temporary wall so that Esther, then 15, could have some privacy.

More than three years after Esther’s 2010 death, the dining room table is back where it belongs, but there are reminders of her everywhere. Her Harry Potter books are still in the china cabinet, as is her Harry Potter snow globe and her teddy bear.

Filed in the cabinet with the Potters, are two books that have become Esther’s legacy. One is the 2012 John Green novel “The Fault in Our Stars,” a worldwide hit that’s sold more than three million print copies, and as of Friday, was number one on Amazon’s Best Sellers list. Esther, who became an Internet celebrity as she blogged about her life and her disease, inspired the novel, and Green dedicated “The Fault in Our Stars,” “To Esther Earl.”

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