Diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of twelve, Esther (Persian for ‘Star’) Earl was an exceptionally bright and talented – but very normal – teenager. She lived a hope-filled and generous, outwardly focused life as she navigated her physical decline with grace. A cheerful, positive and encouraging daughter, sister and friend, Esther died in 2010, shortly after turning sixteen, but not before inspiring thousands through her growing online presence.
This unique memoir collects Esther’s journals, fiction, letters and sketches. Photographs and essays by family and friends help to tell Esther’s story, along with an introduction by award-winning author John Green, who dedicated his international best-seller The Fault in Our Stars to her.
Bec Kavanagh has written a fantastic set of teaching notes for this beautiful and moving story. Download them for free HERE.
‘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