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A Novel Catastrophe: Life As We Knew It, Susan Beth Pfeffer

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1345 North Courthouse Road

Arlington, VA 22201

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Join the Arlington County Office of Emergency Management staff in our bi-monthly lively book discussion. A limited number of books will be available for check out at the Central Library in April.

Life As We Knew It, Susan Beth Pfeffer
High School sophomore Miranda's disbelief turns to fear in a split second when an asteroid knocks the moon closer to Earth, like "one marble hits another." The result is catastrophics. 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 wintery 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 entried, 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.

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