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Esther Earl, Quincy teen, is inspiration for two books

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.

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