As child (around 1985, 10yo) I read a series of scifi books for children - in german. I am unable to recall their name so I wonder if you can help id them.

It is about a group of kids. They were recruited by the professor(?) to do missions on other planets. They are accompanied by a telepathic dog that acts as translator. The dog is actually an alien from a planet of telepathic dogs (maybe wolves).

The world is not particularly advanced and is unaware of the professor and his assistants. The parents and families of the kids don't play a role. But I think there were siblings in the group (brother and small sister if I recall correctly).

The professor works in hiding with his assistants. I don't recall any assistant ever being important. The professor has a fleet of spaceships that are described similar to star wars star destroyers - huge triangular ships, but described clean. Around earth they cloak - usually inside clouds. The children never meet anybody onboard the ships, they are completely run by computers.

I recall particular story points:

  • One time the children were told to go to "finis terra" for pickup. (the westernmost point of europe, located in spain). They were then going up in a transparent "lift" to a ship, hidden inside a cloud with invisible walls.
  • The children were having fun ordering all their favourite sweets from the food processor on a ship.
  • The planet of telepathic dogs was enslaved - or at least the race of dogs was enslaved. The telepathic dog with the kids was kind of a refugee. In one early book the children play a role in freeing the telepathic dogs. Their dog brings this up several times reminding the children to search for peaceful solutions.

Story points I am not certain are:

  • There is an evil organisation hunting the professor.
  • After missions they meet the professor and assistants for a celebration
  • I don't think there are robots or AI around. All the ships and other machines were "programmed".
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    Probably not the same as scifi.stackexchange.com/q/175125/33591, but may be worth linking anyway.
    – Mithical
    Jan 23 '18 at 8:55
  • Interesting similar enough to ring a bell. I wonder if it could be a later book in the same series. The ones I recall focus more on fancy foreign planets and more childish themes but maybe the author wanted to target older readers over the course of the series.
    – bdecaf
    Jan 23 '18 at 14:50

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