I think the name of the textbook was "Odyssey". The book was published separately because I found it in the library. Something happened on the surface of the Earth so everyone lived underground. I remember that everyone was hairless. A boy found his way to the surface and found that it was okay to live upon and then he found other humans living there. I think I read it in 1973.

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This is a very common theme for YA literature, but there are some widespread classics.

  • City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, well known and not much to say (except they do have hair!)

  • Outside by Andre Norton, girl escapes domed city and finds she has telepathy

  • Journey Outside by Mary Steele, families live on rafts floating on an underground river

  • And All Between by Zilpha Snyder, complex story with multiple groups, girl finds she has telekinesis.

  • This Time of Darkness by Helen Mary Hoover, rich people live at the top of the city and can still see the sky. Protagonist meets a boy from the outside.

  • The City Under Ground by Suzanne Martel, the city of Surreal finds there is another city stealing their electricity

  • Dark Universe by Daniel Galouye, basically Quest for Light.

I seem to recall one of these re-does the Allegory of the Cave, which I mention simply because you noted something about Odyssey.

  • 'Devil on my Back' by Monica Hughes?
    – sueelleker
    Apr 3, 2018 at 18:36
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    sounds like The City Under Ground cf this cover: images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51uKy3nZDsL.jpg Apr 3, 2018 at 21:09
  • @AaronGullison - indeed, I think you've nailed it. Apr 4, 2018 at 1:01
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    Thanks for the help. It was the book by Suzanne Martel I was looking for. I kept typing in the word "underground", instead it was broken up to under and ground. Was able to find a copy through Mel.org at Central Michigan University. The book is so fragile but I read it carefully.
    – Katwiccan
    May 7, 2018 at 11:34

The book is called "The City Under Ground" by Suzanne Martel published in 1964. Thank you Maury Markowitz for your help in finding this book. I also found it by combing through different book lists on Goodreads.


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