I can remember these details:

  • The ship is disintegrating because years ago it passed through a cloud containing organisms that are now eating through its hull
  • Nobody is able to figure out how to get rid of the organisms
  • It's a generation ship. The main characters were born there and are the latest of many generations who have never lived on a planet
  • The ship is not going to make it to the new earth colony before it disintegrates
  • The main characters encounter some other beings (can't remember details) that help them travel faster than light to arrive at their destination

I got this book at a school book fair when I was in maybe 6th or 7th grade (early 80s). I can't remember the author or the title, but would love to rediscover it and/or share it with my kids.

Thanks for your help!

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    Take a look at the help page for story identification questions, see if anything will jog your memory. – Gallifreyan Mar 21 '17 at 19:36

Is it The Watchers Of Space? Here is a link to amazon for it, maybe the cover art looks familiar? https://www.amazon.com/dp/038075374X/?tag=stackoverfl08-20

Synopsis: The starship Genesis carries the last survivors of Earth on a desperate flight to a new home. But the ship is slowly disintegrating and the oxygen supply is running out -- it's a race against time and space. Out of the far reaches of the universe the Watchers of Space gather: Orion, the giant golden man; Starnight, the sword of power and magic; and Cygnus, the beautiful swan. Together they will help save the doomed ship. But no one on the Genesis will believe twelve-year-old William when he tells them of the Watchers' plan. For they no longer believe in anything -- not till they see William go spinning off into space...

  • Yes! I believe that's it! Wow; thank you! – sez11a Mar 21 '17 at 21:58

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