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Life As We Knew It
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Life As We Knew It
The Last Survivors Series, Book 1
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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...
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...
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  • 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.
 

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  • Susan Beth Pfeffer is the author of more than seventy books for children and young adults. Her bestselling book The Year Without Michael received a starred review from School Library Journal. It was also an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, a Booklist Editors' Choice, and winner of the South Carolina Young Adult Book Award. Pfeffer is also the author of the popular Portraits of Little Women series as well as Kid Power, which won the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award and the Sequoyah Book Award.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Emily Bauer's cheery tones define teenaged Miranda and her high school passions, problems, and protests. Everything changes, however, when a meteor collides with the moon, and she and her family discover that both U.S. coasts have fallen away and earthquakes are erupting everywhere. Bauer ratchets up Miranda's anxiety as grocery store shelves empty, electricity fails, skies gray, and cold sets in. As Miranda's life shrinks and her dedication to family expands, Bauer superbly portrays her gamut of emotions--the frustration and fear of the situation, the tenderness that grows from working together to survive, and momentary reappearances of her old optimism as she finds reasons to hope for the future. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from December 11, 2006
    Bauer proves the perfect choice as narrator for this excellent coming-of-age novel. Miranda is a normal 16-year-old girl whose main concerns in life are schoolwork, swim meets and whether or not she will be asked to the prom. But Miranda's world is literally ripped apart when an asteroid hits the moon, shifts it from its orbit and throws the earth into chaos. Millions die due to tsunamis and earthquakes. Millions more perish because of an early, devastatingly cold winter, brought about by ash thrown into the atmosphere by hundreds of volcanic eruptions. The story, told through a series of entries in Miranda's journal, chronicles the heroine's and her family's efforts to survive in a world where staying warm and having enough to eat and drink becomes the day-to-day priority. Bauer skillfully captures Miranda's adolescent angst with all its emotional highs and lows. By keeping the narration completely in Miranda's voice, using only slight differences in inflection to denote other characters, Bauer manages to convey the sense of Miranda herself reading her most intimate thoughts to listeners. It is a fine performance that only enhances Pfeffer's thoughtful, heart-wrenching novel. Ages 12-up.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from October 16, 2006
    When an asteroid collides with the moon, causing natural disasters—tidal waves, volcanoes, earthquakes and climate changes—on Earth, life as 16-year-old Miranda knows it will never be the same. Suddenly, things she has taken for granted—electricity, news from the outside world and three square meals a day—are a thing of the past. Thanks to her mother's foresight and preparedness, Miranda and her two brothers are better off than many families in their Pennsylvania community. They have a pantry filled with canned goods and plenty of logs to fuel their wood-burning stove. Yet their situation becomes more critical as other unexpected disasters arise. The book may be lengthy, but most readers will find it absorbing from first page to last. This survival tale by the author of The Year Without Michael
    celebrates the fortitude and resourcefulness of human beings during critical times. The story unfolds through Miranda's journal entries, from May, when the asteroid strikes, to the following March. Though the entries paint a grim picture of a rapidly shrinking civilization ("I write stuff down in here and I don't read it. Things are bad enough without having to remind myself of just how bad things are," she explains), her words also evoke a strain of hope which proves to be her most essential survival tool. Miranda's changing priorities, undying love for her family and heightened appreciation of simple pleasures will likely provoke discussion and inspire gratitude for life as we know it now. Ages 12-up.

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