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Life as We Knew It

Written By:Susan Beth Pfeffer - 2006

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    Scholastic 2007


When a meteor hits the moon and knocks it closer in orbit to the earth, nothing will ever be the same. Worldwide tidal waves. Earthquakes. Volcanic eruptions. And that's just the beginning.

Scholastic 2007

When Miranda first hears the warnings that a meteor is headed on a collision path with the moon, they just sound like an excuse for extra homework assignments. But her disbelief turns to fear in a split second as the entire world witnesses a lunar impact that knocks the moon closer in orbit, catastrophically altering the earth's climate.

Everything else in Miranda's life fades away as supermarkets run out of food, gas goes up to more than ten dollars a gallon, and school is closed indefinitely.

But what Miranda and her family don't realize is that the worst is yet to come.

Told in Miranda's diary entries, this is a heart-pounding account of her struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all—hope—in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar time.


"One of the year's best books. You will read it in one sitting, fighting back tears as you bite your nails." —

"It was kind of like a car crash I couldn't stop looking at." —Greater Victoria Public Library Book Picks for Teens —

"I was warned. I knew that once I opened this book I couldn't stop." —

An ALA best book for young adults

A CCBC choice

A Junior Library Guild premier selection

A Listening Library selection

A New York Public Library book for the teen age

Scholastic 2007

"This fascinating and engrossing story shows how quickly 'normal' life as we know it could disappear, and how something as innocent as the moon could become a horrible threat. But Miranda's tale is also reassuring, as her diary shows how love, family bonds, and the will to live all remain strong even in the face of disaster." —Margaret Haddix Peterson, author of Among the Hidden




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