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Life As We Knew It
Susan Beth Pfeffer

I haven't posted for a while.  I've been living a 3-D life, which I guess is good as it gives me something to have to say in my 2-D world.  Anyway, I just finished Life As We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer. Don't miss this one!   Have you ever looked forward to a big cultural event—One of those big events that's even bigger than the Superbowl or the NCAA Final Four?  A big event like that is on the horizon for Miranda.  Scientists have determined that an asteroid is going to hit the moon.  People all over the world are looking forward to the once in a lifetime event as the impact will be visible to the naked eye.  Teachers in school have gotten on board and Miranda has had papers, essays, and projects galore, the focus of which has been the moon.  As the day of impact approaches, a festive mood and an excited buzz sweeps through the town in Pennsylvania where Miranda and her family live.  On the night of the impact, the sky is clear and everyone in town is out to watch the big event.  As the impact occurs, however, it becomes very clear that this is not the harmless exciting event that scientists had predicted.  The asteroid hits with such force that it is clear to all, that something bad has happened—Something very, very bad.  The impact pushes the moon out of current orbit and into a new one closer to the Earth.  The moon’s changed orbit wreaks havoc with the oceans causing tides to surge, tsunamis, and terrible earthquakes.  The increased pull of the moon’s gravity draws magma to the Earth’s surface causing volcanoes to erupt where volcanoes had never existed.  The ash and gasses released into the atmosphere begin to block out the sun and kill off crops all over the world.  Told in the form of Miranda’s personal diary entries, Life as We Knew It is intense and a completely engrossing read that you will not be able to put down!

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