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So in the beginning of the book her aunt (Mother grandmother? Can't remember but older female relative) dies from the heat while baking a turkey. The girl sneaks aboard a spaceship and is caught. She's paired up with a guy who she doesn't care for. The captain teaches her to play the piano. Halfway to the world they are to colonize they turn around and head back to earth for some reason. Discover that Earth is healing itself. The girl has fallen for the captain.

I think the cover was of a girl sitting cross legged on a piano that's floating in space. Read this back in 8th or 9th grade. So 1995 or older release into paperback.

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An Alien Music by Annabel and Edgar Johnson. 1982.

Sixteen-year-old Jesse relates the experiences of the Sky-Lab Seven crew as they become the sole survivors of the dying planet Earth only to have their plans to colonize Mars irreversibly shattered.

Book cover

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