Available now (Oct. 2006)
Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, 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.
Michael's Thoughts: LIFE AS WE KNEW IT is a book written as a diary from the perspective of a teenage girl during a catastrophic event. Miranda lives with her mom and little brother, Jonny. Miranda loves to swim, Jonny loves baseball, and their mom enjoys helping and taking care of people and gardening. The first couple of chapters of the book let you know about Miranda's school, her life, and her background. It's all pretty normal.
Until a meteor hits the moon.
In my opinion, this book is not easy to understand unless you put yourself in Miranda's place. This story has a great plot and events that carry you through the book and make you anxious to get to the end. The family's been through so much but with a great deal of faith. With that great faith, they manage to work through the toughest times and still maintain their sanity. Miranda's mother cares for her and her brother during this tumultuous time like an Italian would a soccer ball.
While I think that this book has too many individual events and conflicts, I really got into it. Eventually, I was able to tell something bad was about to happen by judging Miranda's mood and that gave this book the diary feeling it was aiming for. Whenever, I finished reading for the night, I felt weird because it seemed as if it really happened, and it took time for me to adjust to reality again.
Teen Reviewer Michael: I love to play soccer and my viola. I also love being with and talking to my friends and family.