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Grades 6 - 8Grades 3 - 5n/a5.057317
Life As We Knew It meets Lord of the Flies in a mall that looks just like yours


A biological bomb has just been discovered in the air ducts of a busy suburban mall. At first nobody knows if it's even life threatening, but then the entire complex is quarantined, people start getting sick, supplies start running low, and there's no way out. Among the hundreds of trapped shoppers are four teens.

These four different narrators, each with their own stories, must cope in unique, surprising styles, changing in ways they wouldn't have predicted, trying to find solace, safety, and escape at a time when the adults are behaving badly.

This is a gripping look at people and how they can--and must--change under the most dire of circumstances.

And not always for the better.

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on May 29, 2012 by Dial Books
ISBN-10: 0803738730
ISBN-13: 9780803738737
3 Book Reviews
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  • kakashi13
    kakashi13Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 1:30 pm55 stars
    this book is very good but you have to be mature to understand it. also it would be for 14 and up to read it because of the words used.
    • cogargirl247
      cogargirl247Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 8:40 am
      I want to read this
      • jal20
        jal20Friday, April 5, 2013 at 9:18 am55 stars
        this book is awesome