Article Title

Not If I Can Help It


Amanda Morgan


Excellent, Primary, Intermediate, Friendship, Change, Anxiety

Document Type

Book Review


Willa has sensory processing disorder. She doesn't want anyone to know about the weird things it makes her do, or that she gets stickers from her dad for good behavior, or that she sees a therapist twice a week. Fortunately, she’s learned how to keep all her embarrassing secrets from her fifth grade class, including her best friend Ruby. Then one day, Willa’s Dad and Ruby’s mom announce they are dating. Willa hates surprises, but this is the worst and she simply cannot tolerate the change. It feels like her whole world is falling apart, and the only way to make things better is for her Dad and Ruby’s mom to break up. Willa attempts to convince them that the relationship would never work while striving not to push away her friend. Certain that no one would understand, she tries harder to hide her disorder, but things only get worse. Slowly, however, Willa begins to see that not all change is bad, and maybe she’s not the only one with struggles.