I read this book when I was a teenager, I think it was one of a series. All I can remember is that the main character grew up alone on Mercury when all of the settlers were killed. Ring a bell for anyone?

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    More information about the author, the edition, the approximate year of publishing would be very helpful Judy. Enjoy your stay at Scifi&Fantasy SE. Cheers Oct 17, 2015 at 12:29

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Might that be one of the Eric John Stark stories by Leigh Brackett? Stark was raised by Mercurians after his parents died in a mining accident.

Stark was born on Mercury. His parents were employees of the mineral extraction company Mercury Metals and Mining. After his parents died in a cave-in caused by a quake, Stark was adopted by a tribe of Mercurian aborigines who are described as hairy and possessing snouts. They gave him the name N'Chaka, meaning "the man without a tribe". He believed himself to be one of them, rather than a human, and endured their rigorous way of life in the Mercurian Twilight Belt, surviving by hunting rock-lizards.

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