Our February children's chapter book of the month is Opal Moonbaby by Maudie Smith.
Meet Opal. She's a Moonbaby on a mission!
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.
When Opal comes to Earth and into Martha's life, things will never be the same...
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In About Zooming Time, Opal Moonbaby!, Opal is spending a year on Earth. 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 enemies from their home planet of Carnelia are on their way to Earth, Martha begins to worry. But Opal is far too busy making friends to be concerned. Besides, her eyes would z-ray them and she'd dazzle-kick them all the way back to Carnelia. Wouldn't she?
About the author
Maudie Smith started out as an actor, devising new musical plays for which she also wrote lyrics. Her many roles in children's theatre include the Snow Queen and Piglet. More recently, she has written a libretto for a newly commissioned opera. In 2011 she completed an MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. Maudie lives near Bath with her screenwriter husband and their two daughters, along with a menagerie of cats, chickens and stick insects.
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