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QUEEN ESTHER AND THE SECOND GRADERS OF DOOM
by Allie Pleiter

Genre: Inspirational

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Essie Walker teaches Sunday school to second-grade boys to learn more
about boys so that she can better care for her own 5-month-old son, Josh.
After a cross-country move, Essie is
trying her hand at being a stay-at-
home mom, but the job is far from
easy. Besides the loneliness, Essie
feels inadequate compared to the
other mothers.

Add aging, ailing parents to the
mix and Essie doesn't know if she
has what it takes to handle everything.
Is anyone else struggling too? But the antics of the second-graders open the door to glimpses of their mothers that Essie might not have been privy to otherwise. Maybe there is hope (and help!)
after all.

Pleiter's sophomore fiction offering will appeal to everyone who has ever
experienced feelings of inferiority. Essie's insecurities are realistic and
full of emotion. The balancing act
she tries to achieve will have readers shedding tears of recognition. Heartfelt reliance on God and delightful humor create an ideal combination. (Feb.,
288 pp., $12.95)

Reviewed By: Melissa Parcel

Publisher: Steeple Hill Cafe

Published: February 2006

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