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Children's sci fi novel:

  • space ship did not need to be launched from a cradle unlike the newer ships.
  • children disappearing on school trip to uninhabited planet.
  • Standing stones activated by music.
  • It was a trading spaceship think the kids lived with grandparents and it was a really old ship
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  • Hi, welcome to SF&F. When did you read this? Check out the other suggestions to see if they can help you remember anything else to edit into your question.
    – DavidW
    Commented Oct 21, 2020 at 16:40
  • Hmm.. Dragonfall 5?
    – mwarren
    Commented Oct 22, 2020 at 7:58
  • drgonfall 5 and the empty planet thank you soo much
    – Jamie
    Commented Oct 22, 2020 at 11:10

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Per the comment by the OP above, this is Dragonfall Five and the Empty Planet (1973) by Brian Earnshaw.

Per the plot summary on the Wikipedia article about the series:

Tim and his brother Sanchez have to attend school on the Empty Planet, a place of musical rocks, whispering trees, from which the last inhabitants vanished without a trace.

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