Not If I Can Help It (Hardcover)

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Willa has sensory processing disorder, which means that certain textures and feelings bother her. She manages it well, through calming techniques, routines, and occupational therapy but doesn’t let her classmates, or even her best friend Ruby, find out. When her dad reveals that he’s been dating Ruby’s mom, Willa’s home world and school world begin to combine and she’s scared for the result. Relatable for any kid whose parent is remarrying or otherwise going through big life changes.

(Suggested Ages: 8-12)

— From Middle Grade - Neurodivergence

Description


From award-winning Carolyn Mackler, the story of Willa, who has been living with Sensory Processing Disorder but is thrown for a BIG loop when her dad announces he's dating Willa's best friend's mom.

Willa likes certain things to be certain ways. Her socks have to be soft . . . and definitely can't have irritating tags on the inside. She loves the crunch of popcorn and nachos . . . but is grossed out by the crunch of a baby carrot. And slimy foods? Those are the worst.Willa can manage all these things -- but there are some things she can't deal with, like her father's big news. He's been keeping a big secret from her . . . that he's been dating the mom of Willa's best friend Ruby. Willa does NOT like the idea of them being together. And she does NOT like the idea of combining families. And she does NOT like the idea of her best friend becoming her sister overnight. Will she go along with all of these changes? NOT if she can help it!

About the Author


Carolyn Mackler is the author of the popular teen novels, iThe Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things/i (A Michael L. Printz Honor Book); iTangled/i; iGuyaholic/i; iVegan Virgin Valentine/i; and iLove and Other Four-Letter Words/i. Carolyn's most recent novel, iThe Future of Us/i, cowritten with bestselling author Jay Asher, has received starred reviews, and the film rights have been sold to Warner Brothers.

iBest Friend Next Door/i is her first novel for a younger audience.

Praise For…


Praise for Best Friend Next Door:"[Mackler] gives a spot-on portrayal of the ups and downs of young friendships." --Kirkus Reviews"[Mackler] insightfully portrays the complexities of friendship and adapting tochange... An engaging, supportive read." -- Booklist"Charming." -- School Library Journal

Praise for Best Friend Next Door:"[Mackler] gives a spot-on portrayal of the ups and downs of young friendships." --Kirkus Reviews"[Mackler] insightfully portrays the complexities of friendship and adapting tochange... An engaging, supportive read." -- Booklist"Charming." -- School Library Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9780545709484
ISBN-10: 0545709482
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: July 30th, 2019
Pages: 240
Language: English