336 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.84 in
January 18, 2010
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0547258550
ISBN - 13: 9780547258553
Read from the Book
chapter 1Wednesday, May 18At the moment when life as he had known it changed forever, Alex Morales was behind the counter at Joey's Pizza, slicing a spinach pesto pie into eight roughly equal pieces."I ordered an antipasto, also.""It's right here, sir," Alex said. "And your order of garlic knots.""Thanks," the man said. "Wait a second. Aren't you Carlos, Luis's kid?"Alex grinned. "Carlos is my older brother," he said. "I'm Alex.""That's right," the man said. "Look, could you tell your dad there's a problem with the plumbing in twelve B?""My father's away for a few days," Alex said. "He's in Puerto Rico for my grandmother's funeral. But he should be back on Saturday. I'll tell him as soon as he gets home.""Don't worry about it," the man said. "It's waited this long. I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother.""Thank you," Alex said."So where is your brother these days?" the man asked."He's in the Marines," Alex said. "He's stationed at Twentynine Palms, in California.""Good for him," the man said. "Give him my regards. Greg Dunlap, apartment twelve B.""I'll do that," Alex said. "And I'll be sure to tell my father about your plumbing."Mr. Dunlap smiled. "You in school?" he asked.Alex nodded. "I go to St. Vincent de Paul Academy," he said."Good school," Mr. Dunlap said. "Bob, my partner, went there and he says it's the best school in the city. You know where you want to go to college?"Alex knew exactly where he wanted to go, and where he'd be happy to go, and where he would be sat
From the Publisher
Susan Beth Pfeffer'sLife as We Knew Itenthralled and devastated readers with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event--an asteroid hitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales. When Alex's parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle.
With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful new novel explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities.
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.
* "As riveting as Life as We Knew It and even grittier. . . . The powerful images and wrenching tragedies will haunt readers."-Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Everything Pfeffer writes about seems wrenchingly plausible."-Booklist, starred review
"Incredibly engaging."-Kirkus Reviews