the story is basically about an alien boy who lives with his dad as normal humans, tries to leave earth and crashes back to earth.(something goes wrong with their ship)

  • I think they had come to earth to report back to their planet about life here
  • the boy's surname is a name of a river in US, his teacher puts him with a another boy who also has a river's name as the surname.
  • there was a fire in a barn... I can't remember the details :(
  • the boy and his dad try to leave for their planet in a spaceship; the ship crashes; the boy is separated from his dad and hospitalized.
  • at the hospital he doesn't speak properly...makes weird noises as far as i can remember...

I read this when I was small, so I can't remember that many details :( Your help is much appreciated :)

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    Hello and welcome to SFSE! Just one small thing - you aid you read this when you were 'small': could you add a year to that? We love all the detail we can get here! Commented Apr 6, 2014 at 7:24
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    Hello and Thank you :) I read 'Space Race' (thanks @sueelleker) about a decade ago. So glad to find the name of the book!
    – user24720
    Commented Apr 7, 2014 at 17:34

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This might be 'Space Race'- one of the Ormingat trilogy by Sylvia Waugh.

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    Please explain why this story is likely. Commented Apr 6, 2014 at 9:12
  • The boy's surname is Derwent, which is the name of a river, but that's all I can really add.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Apr 6, 2014 at 18:24
  • IT IS!! :D thank you, thank you! :) I'm so glad to finally get to the know the long-forgotten name! and I didn't know it was a trilogy, thanks for that information! :)
    – user24720
    Commented Apr 7, 2014 at 17:37

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