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This is a story/novel I read a long time ago. I read it around 10-15 years ago, but I believe it was released much earlier than when I read it. The book was quite thick, as thick as or thicker than Harry Potter: the Half Blood Prince or The Order Of the Phoenix. I'll try my best to remember some of the story:

  • The boy's parents live in a space station on the moon. I think his father's job is a mechanic or something to do with spacecrafts.
  • The boy found some crystal/mechanical device after a comet/asteroid/UFO passed by.
  • The thing that the boy found opened some kind of a gate that sucked the boy through.
  • When the boy came out of the gate, he came out of a structure/building; the gate was opened inside the building.
  • The boy visited various planets using the gate and tried to get back home.
  • In the middle of the story, a girl (alien but human-like?) joined the boy in travel through the gate.
  • I think in the end the boy succeed to get back home with the girl. but time has long passed

That's all what I remember about the book, I do not really remember much more because back than I was not paying attention except for the story. I think the background cover is a boy seen in outer space.

  • The book is quite thick. As thick as or thicker than Harry potter book I think – Vahn Aug 30 '16 at 9:45
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    :) Thick as which Harry Potter book? They went from pretty normal to doorstopper. – FuzzyBoots Aug 30 '16 at 10:07
  • Half Blood Prince / Order Of Phoenix I think. – Vahn Aug 30 '16 at 10:11
  • Old story . . . a long time ago . . . around 10–15 years ago!?!?!? – user14111 Apr 5 '18 at 19:04
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Could be The Homeward Bounders by Dianna Wynn Jones. Link to wiki Points that fit:

  • The cover does look like a boy on the moon.

  • There are gates to enable the boy to move between worlds

  • The boy is joined by a girl part way through

  • The boy is trying to get home and succeeds but 100 years have passed and he can never get home.

Points that don’t fit:

  • The boy lives in a village at the beginning.

  • It’s not crystals that start his journey between worlds, it’s scheming god-like creatures. They force the boy to keep moving from world to world.

  • It’s a thick book by Diana Wynn Jones standards, but not as thick as OOTP. Maybe 300 pages.

  • No UFO.

  • Actually the boy, Jaime Hamilton, lived in a big city and his parents owned a grocery story. The book is available on Achieve.org, and you can read it with a free subscription. I would suggest the OP check out the book and see if it matches. – GeorgeN Apr 9 '18 at 16:48

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