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Life As We Knew It

Written by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Miranda is preoccupied with the usual high school concerns; her friends, keeping her grades up, sports, and trying to get along with her Mom and brothers. As far as she can tell, the fact that an asteroid is about to hit the moon is just an excuse for her teachers to give more homework. It turns out to be much, much worse than that.

Written in diary format, Life As We Knew It tells the story of Miranda's family's fight for survival in the wake of a terrible natural disaster that affects the entire world. Pfeffer captures the isolation and day-to-day struggle of living in a time when nothing is certain. I read this book in one sitting because I couldn't put it down.

Recommended by Catherine

P.S. Continue the series with The Dead and the Gone, This World We Live In, and, coming in August 2013, The Shade of the Moon.



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