QUEEN ESTHER AND THE SECOND GRADERS OF DOOM

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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