Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Nominee for the California Young Reader medal: 2008-09
After an asteroid hits the moon and knocks it out of its orbit, weather on earth becomes chaotic. Tides wipes out the east and west coasts of the United States, volcanoes start erupting and block sunlight from reaching earth, mass communication is disrupted and organized society is virtually gone. High school student Miranda narrates how her family in rural Pennsylvania tries to cope with these massive upheavals. Schools close, neighbors leave and she and her family become increasingly isolated. Miranda records details of how they try to survive in the face of no contact with anyone other than themselves.
Written by Ms. Goldstein-Erickson