Title Profile & Character Information

How I Live Now

Annotation
“Every war has turning points and every person too.” Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she’s never met: three boys near her age, and their little sister. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy. As power fails, and systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated. Despite the war, it’s a kind of Eden, with no adults in charge and no rules, a place where Daisy’s uncanny bond with her cousins grows into something rare and extraordinary. But the war is everywhere, and Daisy and her cousins must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way. A riveting and astonishing story.

Awards
2004  Guardian Children's Fiction Prize
2005  Michael L. Printz Award

Characters
NameDaisy
GenderFemale

GenreFiction
War
Psychological
Coming of age
Domestic
TopicsLife changes
Teenage girls
Cousins
Personal growth
Farm life
World war
Terrorists
SettingManhattan, New York City
England
Farm