Miranda and her family are trying to survive after a giant asteroid affects the moon's gravitational pull. Through Miranda's diary, we see how her family struggles from day to day, making sure there's enough food, medicine, fuel, etc. just to live. It really does make you think about what you would do--what you'd be willing to do--to make sure you and your family survived even when so many other people were dying.
I had this book for a long time before I read it. I'm guilty of judging a book by it's cover. The cover shown here looks fine, but the version I have (Scholastic school edition) shows a pink dresser with various hair accessories and art supplies and figure skating pictures. The cover seems to appeal to "tweenage" girly-girls, and I thought I wouldn't be interested. It's too bad the cover is so misleading, because it really is a challenging story about moving beyond childish, selfish needs and instead making serious, grown-up decisions.
Reprinted here with the author's permission.