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Middletown Author Inspires Area Young People To Love Reading

Author Susan Beth Pfeffer
Author Susan Beth Pfeffer Photo Credit: Facebook
A video to invite students to read the book 'Life As We Knew It' by Susan Beth Pfeffer.
A video to invite students to read the book 'Life As We Knew It' by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Video Credit: lsworthington

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- A young New York girl inspired by her dad wrote her first story at age 6 and now, with 75 books written, still makes the rounds at local libraries, instilling the values of reading, literacy and lifelong learning.

Middletown resident Susan Beth Pfeffer's latest, "Life as We Knew It," explores what would happen if the moon's orbit changed.

She's given talks at libraries throughout the area, including Westchester.

"Life as We Knew It," is young adult science fiction novel, and is the first book in the "Last Survivors Trilogy," followed by "The Dead and the Gone." The series explores what happens when an asteroid hits the moon and brings it closer to Earth, leaving life in Northeastern Pennsylvania never the same again.

Award-winning author Pfeffer wrote her first story at age six, after her dad, Leo Pfeffer, published a book about constitutional law.

Her early childhood story was about the love between an Oreo cookie and a pair of scissors.

Pfeffer's first published book, "Just Morgan," was published in 1970, while she was a student at New York University. She's been writing for young people ever since.

Born in New York City in 1948, Pfeffer remains a full-time writer for young people. She's won numerous awards and citations for her work, which ranges from picture books to middle and young adult novels. Her work includes both contemporary and historical fiction.

Pfeffer lives in Middletown, with her two cats, Alexander and Emily.

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