My Anxiety Is Messing Things Up

A story to normalize anxiety in middle school students - includes practical and realistic examples and strategies!

Author: Jennifer Licate
Illustrator: Suzanne Beaky
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Oscar is a perfectionist with an anxiety problem.

He puts pressure on himself to excel in everything he does. That’s why he earns good grades, wins awards, plays sports, performs in the band and makes friends easily. But all his accomplishments come at a price. 

Oscar is wracked with anxiety. 

He’s so afraid of falling short of expectations or disappointing his parents, his teachers and his pals, he can’t sleep. He tosses and turns every night. The more sleep he loses, the moodier and more irritable he becomes. Exhausted and stressed, Oscar lashes out at his best buddies. Now his anxiety is topped with feelings of guilt and shame. 

When a caring teacher notices Oscar’s distress, she invites him to join a secretive school group for students who struggle with anxiety. What will he do? Is Oscar too embarrassed to seek help, or is he so tired of being tired, he’ll try anything for some sleep and relief? 

My Anxiety is Messing Things Up is a fast-paced chapter book that examines the emotional and physical toll anxiety has on kids, as well as the empowering strategies they can use to calm their worries.

Extend the learning with the Teacher and Counselor Activity Guide designed to accompany the chapter book! Includes engaging discussion questions and creative activities to help readers understand the content more deeply and can guide classroom conversations about anxiety, stress and trying your best.

This quick-read chapter book is part of the Navigating Friendships chapterbook series, which is great for students in grades 4 through 7 who are struggling with changing friendships, anxiety, or teasing, and learning about self-advocacy and how to get along with others.

The series includes:

Get a sneak peek at the story!

Published by Boys Town Press
ISBN: 978-1-944882-89-1
Juvenile Fiction
Full Color Illustrations
63 pages
Softcover, 6"x9"
Grades 4-8; Ages 9-14
Lexile Measure: 740L
F&P Level: S