I remember reading a book in primary school about children going to Ganymede but I can't remember what it's called at all.

I can't remember much about the book; I seem to remember that the children snuck on the rocket ship, but that's all I really remember. We read it in 2003 so it was definitely published then or before.

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    I can't remember much about the book, I seem to remember that the children snuck on the rocketship but that's all really. We read it in 2003 so it was definitely published then or before.
    – Emily
    Nov 12, 2015 at 3:37
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    No sneaking, but Farmer In The Sky is the first thing that comes to mind for Ganymede.
    – AakashM
    Nov 12, 2015 at 11:08
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    I'm sure I read this book too! I'm also struggling to identify it. The book was a single novel. The two children were a boy and a girl. As I remember, Ganymede's canyons turn out to be inhabited by lifeforms that appear to be tree stumps, except they can move around using their roots as legs. I'm also fairly sure that although they're perceived as hostile by the children, they turn out to be friendly. (Of course that memory could be reconstructed from surmise, given how that would be a common formula in many children's books.) ... Feb 8, 2017 at 8:54

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Potential answer, but I can't find a more complete synopsis

EDIT: Google Books allows a limited search-inside-book feature and this is definitely the correct answer for my half-remembered book. I hope it is what Emily was searching for, too. I can even confirm that the tree-stump-alikes were called the Soshtii.

It might be Ghost Ship to Ganymede by Robert Swindells. The only synopsis I can find for that title is:

Fay, Tom and Grover stow away on a spaceship and find to their horror that they are en route to unexplored Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter.

(from Google Books)

Well that fits, as far as it goes.

I could have forgotten a third character. Mentioning that Ganymede is unexplored is a favourable point, and sets this book apart from many others; it certainly wasn't set on a well developed Ganymede as most stories seem to be. I forgot to be clear that the lifeforms in the canyons are previously unknown, and discovered by the children.

Robert Swindells apparently writes for the right age group, too. Room 13 was also his, for instance.

I can't find a library copy of Ghost Ship to Ganymede, a download (legal or otherwise), or a reasonably priced hard copy. I can only find some that are, for whatever reason, pushing the £1000 mark.

I wonder if the synopsis rings true with Emily as well? Perhaps she could perform an image search for that title, and see if any covers look familiar?

I'll also see if I can hunt down a copy by ringing some bookshops.

Must, consolidate, early, memories, or, might, never, punctuate, properly, again!

  • What is your source for the synopsis you quoted?
    – user14111
    Feb 8, 2017 at 10:14
  • Just Google books (added in editing) Feb 8, 2017 at 10:18

Farmer in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein

The story is set in a future, overcrowded Earth, where food is carefully rationed. Teenager William (Bill) Lermer lives with his widower father, George. George decides to emigrate to the farming colony on Ganymede, one of Jupiter's moons. After marrying Molly Kenyon, George embarks with Bill and Molly's daughter Peggy on the 'torchship' Mayflower. On the journey, Bill saves his bunkmates from asphyxiation by improvising a patch when a meteor punctures their compartment. During the trip all the children attend class; also, to combat the boredom of the long trip, the Boy Scouts among the passengers form troops.

  • How? Why? What points match the OP's criteria? Could you please elaborate. Merely saying what the answer doesn't help others find out why it's the answer, especially if someone else is also looking for the same story.
    – Möoz
    Jul 19, 2017 at 0:59
  • This would be a much better answer if it explained why this might be the right story.
    – Obsidia
    Jul 19, 2017 at 1:36
  • I honestly don't know if my edit really makes it match much better, but it at least indicates that there's a Ganymede trip by kids. No stowing away, though.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Jul 19, 2017 at 11:56

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