Back in the 1960s I read a juvenile science fiction novel in which a planet with human like inhabitants entered the solar system. I don't remember the title or author, but it is in the future when Earth has space travel, and strange spaceships are seen. The boy protagonist becomes friends with a boy from the alien planet.

It is possible that the aliens looked like orange skinned humans.

I think I remember a scene where the nose of an Earth Rocket ship was struck by a ray from an alien ship.

Can anyone identify this novel?

  • I have also been looking for quite a few years. Seeing you asking here gave me hope... It was a pretty cool story for a kid back in the 60s. I wonder how it'll hold up for an oldie now. If I find it I'll be sure to let you know. If you find it first please let me know, please?
    – Morgothra
    Mar 17, 2021 at 4:36

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Ok, just killed more time looking and might have found it.

The Mysterious Planet, Kenneth Wright(Lester del Rey), cover Alex Schomburg (1953)



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    This sounds like a good answer, but could you edit in some of the reasons why you think this is it?
    – mwarren
    Mar 17, 2021 at 10:34

Not too many details to work on but chances are it is "The Wanderer" by Fritz Leiber, published in 1964: the aliens are cat-like though.

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    The Wanderer was not a juvenile. The only thing that matches is "new planet enters solar system", a commen theme.
    – user14111
    May 12, 2020 at 7:54

The "Lost Planet" series by Angus McVicar? I don't think they were orange though.https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lost-Planet-Angus-MacVicar-ebook/dp/B0158VH1OI/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=angus+mcvicar&qid=1589270481&s=books&sr=1-1

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