Very vague on the details. I would have read these books in the late 80s, possibly around '87-'88. They were in my school library, which had students from age 6 to 10, so would have been age appropriate.

You could also say the ship was shaped like a nautilus, I guess. I'm pretty sure there were diagrams of the ships layout in the cover.

There may have been a robot sidekick. I have an inkling of a mining/industrial element or aesthetic.

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  • I've read this, I thought it was Star Ka'at by Andre Norton but I think that I must have read them at the same time and have the wrong title. – Ash Jul 24 '18 at 11:55
  • Possibly related: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/108502/… . (I wouldn't regard it as a duplicate, even though it may relate to the same series of books, as that question relates to the BBC adaptation.) – user3069 Jul 24 '18 at 15:46

I think this is the Starstormers series, by David Higginbottom writing as Nicholas Fisk. The ship, christened the Starstormer, was, IIRC, a hollowed-out meteorite, and there was indeed a robot involved though I don't recall any particular details of it.

There's a synopsis of the first book, Starstormers, here. I had, I think, the second book, in which the kids find their parents.

  • Startstormers was my immediate thought too, as soon as I read kids as crew, but I don't remember its shape being anything other than a hollowed-out rock. – moopet Jul 25 '18 at 7:31
  • Starstormers didn't mean anything to me. Nor David Higginbottom but as soon as you said Nicholas Fisk, I knew this was it. I might have made the snail shape up but I suspect a meteorite was involved when I mentioned the mining aesthetic! Thanks so much! – dibblethewrecker Jul 25 '18 at 12:19

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