352 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.95 in
May 1, 2008
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0152061541
ISBN - 13: 9780152061548
About the Book
When an asteroid hits the moon, Miranda must learn to survive the unimaginable . . .
Read from the Book
one May 7 Lisa is pregnant. Dad called around 11 o'clock to let us know. Only Mom had already taken Jonny to his baseball practice and of course Matt isn't home from college yet, so I was alone to get the big news. "The baby is due in December," Dad crowed, like he was the first guy in the history of the world with a younger second wife about to have a baby. "Isn't that great! You're going to have a little brother or sister. Of course it's too soon to tell what it's going to be, but as soon as we know, we'll tell you. I wouldn't mind another daughter myself. The first one I had turned out so wonderfully. How'd you like a baby sister?" I had no idea. "When did you find out?" I asked. "Yesterday afternoon," Dad said. "I would have called you right away but, well, we celebrated. You can understand that, can't you, honey? A little private time for Lisa and me before letting the world know." "Of course, Daddy," I said. "Has Lisa told her family?" "First thing this morning," he replied. "Her parents are thrilled. Their first grandchild. They're coming for a couple of weeks in July, before you and Jonny visit." "Are you going to call Matt and tell him?" I asked. "Or do you want me to?" "Oh no, I'll call," Dad said. "He's busy studying for his finals. He'll be glad for the interruption." "It's great news, Dad," I said, because I knew I was supposed to. "Be sure to tell Lisa how happy I am for her. And you, too. For both of you." "You tell her yourself," Dad said
From the Publisher
I guess I always felt even if the world came to an end, McDonald's still would be open.
High school sophomore Miranda's disbelief turns to fear in a split second when an asteroid knocks the moon closer to Earth, like "one marble hits another." The result is catastrophic. How can her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis are wiping out the coasts, earthquakes are rocking the continents, and volcanic ash is blocking out the sun? As August turns dark and wintery in northeastern Pennsylvania, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.
Told in a year's worth of journal entries, this heart-pounding story chronicles Miranda's struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all-hope-in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world. An extraordinary series debut!
Susan Beth Pfeffer has written three companion novels toLife As We Knew It,
includingThe Dead and the Gone, This World We Live In,
andThe Shade of the Moon.
About the Author
Susan Beth Pfefferis the author of many books for teens, including theNew York Timesbest-selling novelLife As We Knew It, which was nominated for several state awards, and its companion books,The Dead and the Gone, This World We Live In,andThe Shade of the Moon. She lives in Middletown, New York.
"...Readers will respond to the authenticity and immediacy; each page is filled with events both wearying and terrifying and infused with honest emotions. Pfeffer brings cataclysmic tragedy very close." --Booklist (September 1, 2006)