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Not if I can help it

by Mackler, Carolyn,

Format: Print Book 2019.
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 5 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Fiction juv MACKLER Carolyn
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Brentwood Library New Juvenile JUV Mackler
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Monroeville Public Library Juvenile Fiction J MACKLER
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Collection  Juvenile Fiction
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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!
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Willa, who lives with her little brother and their divorced father during the school year, has barely adjusted to the news that Dad has been dating her best friend Ruby's mother, when he announces that they'll be getting married soon. For a kid who doesn't like change, that's a lot to take in, and it doesn't help that Ruby is so positive about their parents' relationship. Can their close friendship survive step-sisterhood? Will Ruby think her friend is weird when she finds out about Willa's sensory processing issues? With help from her wide support network, Willa copes with her troubles while mentoring a lonely, withdrawn kindergartner. The contrast between her fretful reactions to change and Ruby's enthusiastic ones helps define the two characters. Always in touch with her feelings, Willa makes a sympathetic, highly articulate narrator. In the appended acknowledgments section, Mackler mentions her first-hand knowledge of sensory processing disorder and the help that is available. While Willa's sensory issues aren't at the forefront of the narrative, readers will gain awareness as they read her story.--Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Mackler (The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I) delivers an up-close look at Sensory Processing Disorder through this bighearted story about a girl's tumultuous fifth-grade year. Willa Grover, who is white, is best friends with Indian American Ruby Chaudhary; they're in the same class on Manhattan's Upper West Side. They both like gummy bears and cold treats, but Ruby is easygoing while worrier Willa dislikes change. Willa doesn't want most people, even Ruby, to know that she sees an occupational therapist twice a week. Her daily life with her father, little brother, and babysitter has settled into a comfortable routine after her parents' divorce, even though she often feels "Invisible Weird"-privately out of step with those around her. So when her father and Ruby's mother announce they're dating, Willa feels that her carefully constructed world is being unfairly squeezed. Willa's supportive mom and stepdad live a couple hours away, and a classmate seems determined to make Willa even more uncomfortable. Drawing from her own family's experience, Mackler creates authentic characters and honest situations, pulling readers into a warm, involving story about a girl navigating adolescence while coping with personal challenges and inevitable changes. Ages 8-12. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Sensory disorders -- Juvenile fiction.
Adjustment (Psychology) -- Juvenile fiction.
Life skills -- Juvenile fiction.
Fathers and daughters -- Juvenile fiction.
Brothers and sisters -- Juvenile fiction.
Families -- New York (State) -- New York -- Juvenile fiction.
Best friends -- Juvenile fiction.
Sensory disorders -- Fiction.
Life skills -- Fiction.
Fathers and daughters -- Fiction.
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
Family life -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Best friends -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Manhattan (New York, N.Y.) -- Juvenile fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2019.
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 230 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780545709484
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