Life As We Knew It

Final Project By Abbie Griffin

Life As We Knew It By Susan Pfeffer

Plot Summary

The moon is hit by an asteroid. No big deal, right? Wrong. When this asteroid hits, it knocks the moon closer to the Earth, causing tide changes, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, tornadoes, snowstorms, thunderstorms, and climate changes. Naturally, this causes some problems. Oil rigs are knocked over by waves which causes oil spills, which causes gas shortages. Ash from volcanoes clouds up the sky and makes growing food and flowers, etc. difficult. Miranda, a teenage girl, and her family must survive through this disaster. Miranda keeps a diary throughout her survival, showing her story and survival techniques.

Main Characters

"We may not have a future, but you can't deny we have a past."


To survive, many measures were taken by Miranda and her family, such as;

  • " Crazy Shopping Day"- Miranda, Jonny, and their mom buy a bunch of food and supplies so they'll have enough to survive.
  • Rationing food- They all rationed their food so they can eat more longer.
  • Chopping wood- Matt, and sometimes Jonny, would chop wood everyday until it got too cold so they could be warm in the winter.
  • Practiced Skiing- Miranda, Matt, and Jonny practiced skiing everyday so if they had to leave to go somewhere while there was snow, they could get there quickly and efficiently.



  • Be thankful for what you have- Often times in the story, Miranda realizes how she took so many things for granted, and this really changes her. She is thankful for getting a A on a test at the beginning of the book, and towards the end, is thankful for food, which she'd normally take for granted.
  • Survival- This may not really sound like a theme, but everything that they do in this book is for the sake of survival. They want to do whatever it takes to live until life is as close to normal as it can get.


This book takes place in a small town is Pennsylvania. There is never a specific town named. They all live in a house near the woods, which is lucky for them because there house has a wood stove. This is why Matt chopped wood for months.
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