I read a book back in the 90s about a boy who meets a girl on an alien planet, and I think he crash landed there. The cover had green hills/mountains on it, and it was either the second or first book in a series. There may have been advanced technology, and I think it was either an Australian or Canadian female author.

Sorry it's not a lot to go on, it's the cover that sticks out most in my mind. Blue sky, green hills/mountains, the boy and girl. Please help me!

  • When did you read it? – Paul D. Waite Jan 17 '14 at 11:56
  • Back in the 90s! It wasn't an 80s style cover (I've googled to try and find it with no joy). It wasn't a big book, because it was part of a trilogy or series. – user21709 Jan 17 '14 at 17:03
  • Gotcha. I’ve added that detail to your question. You can edit in any further details that spring to mind. – Paul D. Waite Jan 17 '14 at 18:36
  • Are the boy and the girl both humans? – Mr Lister Jan 18 '14 at 13:44

Not a lot to go on, but it puts me in mind of Monica Hughes' The Keeper of the Isis Light.

  • That looks like a really interesting series! But sadly not the one I was thinking of :( Thanks for your comment though! – user21709 Jan 17 '14 at 17:05

My first thought was the People series by Zenna Henderson. I was unable to find a matching cover but part of the plot involves a ship coming from a safe planet to rescue those aliens (basically humans with psychic powers) who had crash landed on Earth. This gives you both the original Earth crash as well as the controlled but rough landing of the rescue ship. On the ship is a girl who sneaks out to experience Earth guided by a boy born since the original crash. The psychic abilities are developed enough to resemble advanced technology in some cases.

From Wikipedia: Most of her stories emphasize the theme of being different and the dangers therein, exemplified by the phrase "Different is dead". They often feature children or young people. Most are part of her series concerning the history of "The People", humanoid beings from a faraway planet who are forced to emigrate to (among other places) Earth when their home world is destroyed by a natural disaster. Scattered mostly throughout the American Southwest during their landing before 1900, they are set apart by their desire to preserve their home culture, including their religious and spiritual beliefs. Their unusual abilities ("Gifts") include telepathy, telekinesis, prophecy, and healing, which they call the "Signs and Persuasions". The stories describe groups of The People, as well as lonely isolated individuals, most often as they attempt to find communities and remain distinct in a world that does not understand them.

While it is never explicitly spelled out in the stories, it is mentioned that very early in the history of The People, they had an expansive, colonial phase, and spaceflight had to be Remembered when the destruction of Home was prophesied, so Earth's humanity may well be their distant cousins. This would explain the similarity between the two species.

Beginning with "Ararat" (1952), Henderson's The People stories appeared in magazines and anthologies, as well as the novelized Pilgrimage: The Book of the People (1961) and The People: No Different Flesh (1966). Other volumes include The People Collection (1991) and Ingathering: The Complete People Stories (1995)

Cover from The People: No Different Flesh

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