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There were a group of kids (3 or 4) and they were joined by a Chinese girl from a well off family. I remember they visited a plant and something about flies buzzing in their brains at the end where she betrayed her shipmates or something. There was something about having 'encoded cards' that they got on the black market.

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    Can you recall any other details? Right now, there might not be enough to identify this story. – Adamant Oct 14 '16 at 19:17
  • only vague details. There was something about having 'encoded cards' that they got on the black market...sadly it was a loooong time ago that I read it!! – Alistair Oct 14 '16 at 19:22
  • Could you edit any details you can recall (even vaguely) into your question? Questions without sufficient detail can get closed, so this will maximize your chance of getting your question answered. – Adamant Oct 14 '16 at 19:24
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    Your description partially matches Nicolas Fisk's "Starstormers" which came out in 1980, had four kids who built a spaceship (one was Chinese) and involved fighting against semi-sentient "dust" for part of its plot. – moopet Oct 15 '16 at 13:28
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    OMG...I think that's it!! thank you so much!! – Alistair Oct 18 '16 at 22:40
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Your description partially matches Nicolas Fisk's Starstormers which came out in 1980 (so the timeline is approximately correct).

  • It had four kids who built a spaceship out of a hollowed-out asteroid so they can join their parents in space
  • one was a Chinese girl, named Tsu
  • no flies, but the story involved fighting against semi-sentient "dust" for part of its plot, which was motile and behaved like insects if I remember correctly.

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