I'm searching for a children's book I read from the library in South Africa in the 1980's. Cannot remember the title or author. It was a orange hard cover book,with a black drawing on the front, not more than 100 pages.

All I remember about the plot is that its mainly about a little girl named Endamion who lives with a population of people on the moon in the future,there is a description of the dome and living structures/houses etc. She reads about Earth and longs to see it. Somehow she gets to Earth and visits with a family there.

Can someone help with the title and/or author of this book?

  • Do you recall what language it was in? Was it translated from another language? Did the book seem new at the time or was it older?
    – Xantec
    Dec 26, 2015 at 18:17
  • It was translated either from english or french. It seemed older, perhaps written in the 1960's... Dec 28, 2015 at 5:37
  • Not a translation and I can't find more about it, but there's Endymion by Emily Pieterse: worldcat.org/title/endymion/oclc/814227989
    – Ayshe
    Oct 31, 2017 at 22:25

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Possibly the Matthew Looney series by Jerome Beatty Jr.

The Matthew Looney books chronicle the adventures of a brother and sister, Matthew and Maria Looney, who live in the town of Crater Plato, on the Moon. In Beatty's stories, the inhabitants of the Moon are a fully developed non-human civilization. Beatty's fictional Moon inhabitants are an indigenous species, living on the Moon without the assistance of spacesuits, "breathing" vacuum instead of air. A recurring theme in the books is Matthew's desire to know more about outer space, especially the Earth. At the beginning of the series, he looks up in the sky at the Earth and wonders if anyone is living on it.

Similar to most child characters in children's literature, the Looney kids must deal with parents, friends, and rivals, along with the normal array of school-age joys and concerns. Their father works in the "powder factory," but Matthew is captivated by the notion of an exciting career in the military like his uncle, Rear Admiral Looney. Maria, his younger sister, prefers playing sports after school and getting in trouble with her best friend and rival, Hester.

During their adventures, the Looney kids face space pirates, a war between the Moon and Mars, the "discovery" of life on Earth, and the invasion of an Earth circus.

Book 5 featured Matthew's sister, Maria Looney and the Red Planet. There are others in the series, but that is the one I remember. It does have a reddish orangeish cover.

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  • Can you elaborate on this answer? What parts satisfy the OP's requirements?
    – Möoz
    Jan 14, 2016 at 2:46

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