All about Opal Moonbaby
The Opal Moonbaby books were my first novels. The stories have two, very different, heroines: Martha - the cautious and thoughtful human girl from the Half Moon Estate, who has sworn never to make another friend; and Opal herself – the noisy and impulsive alien from planet Carnelia. Opal is visiting Earth on a mysterious mission which seems to involve Martha – whether she likes it or not.

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Opal Moonbaby and the BEST FRIEND PROJECT
Opal Moonbaby and the Best Friend Project
Martha's decided friends are stupid. Especially if they're anything like Colette and Chloe. She never wants another friend. Ever. But it's the first day of the summer holidays, and there's not that much to do... until she spots a strange little furry creature who leads her to Opal Moonbaby. Opal's been sent down from her planet on a mission: to work out what on earth people are (and my goodness - people are strange) and to make a friend.

Reviews
Opal Moonbaby has quite literally changed my life. Opal is a very thoughtful girl and always sorts things out for others. It is a very very very funny book! I wanted to start reading the next one immediately! BellaB on Guardian Children's Books

This funny, touching story of a very special friendship will delight and entertain both boys and girls aged 7+ Ni4kids

Opal Moonbaby is a brilliant comic creation for the seven-plus age group. Opal sparkles and she's totally original. I loved her. Maudie Smith gives us a great story too. She's pitch perfect on the way that girls in this age group act. Definitely recommended. The Bookbag

This charming debut has everything – strong characterisation, dramatic narrative and a perfect ending. Furthermore the themes of friendship, trust and tolerance present a powerful message. Children will have fun reading and talking about Opal Moonbaby. Parents, teachers and librarians, please take note, Maudie Smith is 'zooming totally fantabulous'. New Books Magazine

A touching story, deliciously tinged with magic. Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids

Quirky and very charming, Opal is something of a futuristic Pippi Longstocking, which can only be a good thing. The Bookseller


Opal Moonbaby and the OUT OF THIS WORLD ADVENTURE
Opal Moonbaby and the Out of this World Adventure
Opal Moonbaby is spending a year on Earth. A whole year! Martha can't wait to take her to school, to introduce her to her friends and to recreate all the fun they had during the summer. But things don't turn out quite as expected and before Martha knows it, Opal is off making new friends, doing new things and throwing herself into life on Earth - and Martha can't keep up. When Opal's Uncle Bixie warns them that the nasty Mercurials, enemies from their home planet of Carnelia, are on their way to Earth, planning mischief, Martha begins to worry. But Opal is far too busy making friends to be bothering about those stupid Mercurials. Besides, her eyes would z-ray them immediately and she'd dazzle-kick them all the way back to Carnelia. Wouldn't she?

Reviews
A really unusual book with two excellent heroines. www.parentsintouch.co.uk

Opal Moonbaby is one of the most entertaining and colourful characters I have had the pleasure of spending time with. She bursts onto the page like a sparkler that never dims and you can’t help but fall in love with her. She is innocent, yet excitable, like a new puppy. She’s the alien version of Anne of Green Gables. Her mispronunciations and cliché confusions produce deep belly laughs. As Opal zooms from one disaster to another, you struggle to keep a straight face as such laugh out loud moments.

I am in awe of the powers of Maudie Smith’s imagination. How she comes up with such unique and entertaining characters and settings, I have no idea. Jokes and hilarious scenes aside, this book does have a deeper meaning. It looks closely as the theme of friendship and what makes a really good friend. I would buy this series for any young girl, who enjoys comical tales and knows the true meaning of friendship. A blooming, zooming, fantabulous read!
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and the SUMMER SECRET
Opal Moonbaby and the Summer Secret
Martha's best friend is an alien. Opal Moonbaby can move things with her eyes, make popcorn fountains, and travel all over the world in her very own spaceship. Martha can't imagine life without her. But Opal's time on Earth is almost at an end. They have one final summer together. So why is Opal acting so strangely all of a sudden?

Reviews
This is the final instalment in Maudie Smith's sparky trilogy about a silver haired, violet eyed alien who comes to Earth on a mission to find a friend, and the young girl who ends up fulfilling that role – and more. The humour and charm continue but there's added pathos as the pair's final summer together draws to an end (and indeed, some devoted fans may need a little comforting when they realise that this is genuinely the last part of the story).Warm, believable and refreshingly free from the hair-flicking and lip gloss that so often creep into novels aimed at this age group that happen to feature female protagonists, the writing and characters recall Astrid Lindgren – and whilst the eponymous visitor from another planet continues to interpret events with her own unique perspective, her human chum Martha is helped through very real issues concerning the shifting shape of her family, with Smith's light, deft touch never failing. Teach Primary

Smith deals with important issues sensitively and these are excellent stories. Definitely recommended. The Bookbag

 

 

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