Book Review: Life As We Knew It

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

We are currently reading this in our 10th grade class. For some the book is extremely easy and they finished it a few days after it was assigned. For others, getting them to read (any book) is like pulling teeth!  It is an easy, quick read (when they actually get around to reading it) and many enjoy the story and how life could possibly be one day if there were some major disaster, like the one encountered in Life As We Knew it.  I plan on using this book again in classroom, it would be perfect for the ninth grade classes as well and would consider for some middle grades.

There are two more books in this series.  The Dead and Gone, tells of the same disaster from a boy who lives in New York’s point of view.  The World We Live In, goes back to Miranda’s story and what has happened a year since the first book.  I have not read either but plan on checking those out from the library in the next few weeks!

Summary from

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, the way “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 wintry 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!

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