In 8th grade I read a sci-fi/fantasy story about a technologically advanced race that is trying to colonize a world already populated by a "primitive" race that believes that the technology of the colonizers is magic. Meanwhile, a third, even-more-evolved race is observing the interactions between the two less-evolved civilizations. Can't think of the name of it and would love to re-visit if anyone has a clue what I'm remembering...

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    Since we do not know how old you are, you being in 8th grade doesn't help us out. Can you give us a time-frame of when you read it or think it was published? Was it in an anthology book, or just a single author collection? Can you remember the cover? Any other clues would help. It sounds like a good story. Jan 13, 2014 at 4:47
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    This may be 'Enchantress From The Stars' by Sylvia Engdahl.
    – sueelleker
    Jan 13, 2014 at 7:07
  • Enchantress from the Stars was my first thought too.
    – timbp
    Jan 14, 2014 at 3:19
  • possible duplicate of scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/137223/… (which is newer but has an accepted answer)
    – Otis
    Jan 27, 2018 at 17:35

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Was this maybe Enchantress from The Stars by Sylvia Engdahl? It's similar to what you're describing.

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