This is a book I remember loving when I was young, but I can’t remember the name of the book or the author. (I read it probably in the early 90's.) I remember it being about a girl and a young boy (who might have been her brother) living on a space station and somehow getting stranded on the dark side of a moon or planet. There were some alien animal things that everyone was terrified of that lived on the dark side, but I seem to remember the kids befriending some of them. Edited to add more stuff I think I remembered: I remember the alien animal things lived in a pack, and had piebald/mottled skin. They were considered to be dangerous and terrifying, but turned out to (I think) be telepathic or otherwise able to communicate. I don't remember how it ended, but I'm pretty sure there was more than one book.

  • Earth's moon ain't got no dark side. The far side gets as much sunlight as the near side.
    – JRE
    May 19, 2018 at 10:07
  • Yes....but I didn't say I was looking for a 100% accurate book on real science. ;)
    – MsAldrich
    May 19, 2018 at 20:28

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Could it be Larklight by Philip Reeve?
When I read your description, I was reminded of this story which I only have a vague memory of myself. I remember the story detailed the Lunar flora and fauna, and the two children, girl and boy, are the main characters, although the story continues on past this scene—to where, I am not sure.
From the Wikipedia page,

The story begins at Larklight, a house that orbits Earth's moon, where the Mumbys receive a visitor from the Royal Xenological Society, a Mr. Webster, who is revealed to be an extraterrestrial resembling an enormous white spider. Art and his sister Myrtle escape; but their father is captured and held prisoner.
Art and Myrtle leave in an escape pod and crash-land on the Moon, where they are encased with predatory larvae of the Potter Moth and freed by pirate Jack Havock and his crew.

  • So I re-read the question, saw the note about reading it in the early 90's. That alone would disqualify this as an answer should you be certain of that date.
    – BenjaminF
    May 19, 2018 at 0:08
  • I don't remember this being steampunk at all, but I'm pretty sure I read Larklight as well.
    – MsAldrich
    May 19, 2018 at 0:09
  • @MsAldrich yeah, I didn't go deep into the book when I had read it. I read maybe the first few chapters which didn't exactly feel like steampunk, though I'm sure later on through the story Philip makes the distinction.
    – BenjaminF
    May 19, 2018 at 0:12
  • About the date, yeah, I'm pretty certain on it....I read it while I was around grade 6 or 7, so that would be early 90's.
    – MsAldrich
    May 19, 2018 at 0:22

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