Opal Octopus Is Overwhelmed

Follow Opal as She Learns How to R.E.S.E.T. and Destress so She Has Time for Fun

Author: Ashly Bartley
Illustrator: Brian Martin
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Opal is so overwhelmed, she’s stress-squirting ink blots!

Despite having eight tentacles and an ocean’s worth of energy, she’s struggling to manage all her commitments – homework, art projects, sports, parties and friends.

With her energy draining and worry building, Opal asks her best pals for help. But after she follows Hedgehog’s advice, she winds up looking and feeling like a slug. And Squirrel’s suggestion turns Opal into an even bigger scatterbrain. Maybe Mom’s advice to simply RESET is best? Will getting more rest, eating healthier, saying no more often, exercising and taking time for herself create the change Opal needs to finally find her happy place?

Included at the end are tips for parents and educators to help manage stress in young children.

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About the Author

ASHLEY BARTLEY, M.Ed., NCC, is a school counselor whose writing has been published in The Joyful Life magazine and on the Kindred Mom blog. She earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Virginia and he M.Ed. in school counseling from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, where she grew up. She also has a diploma from the Institute of Children's Literature and is a National Board Certified Counselor. She lives in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband and three young boys. Learn more at 


Published by Boys Town Press
ISBN: 978-1-944882-73-0
Juvenile Fiction
Full Color Illustrations
31 pages
Softcover, 9"x9"
Grades K-5; Ages 5-11
Lexile Measure: 830L