I read it as a child and it was one of the best books I ever read. On the cover it had a black hand holding a crystal.

I remember the plot goes as follows:

Four kids, (three boys and a girl, I think) are playing in the woods when they find a crystal being held by a black hand that I think extended from a tree.

They take it, and I remember the hand closed again, stopping them from putting it back.

Somehow they find out it can grant wishes and so they all wish for things. One wishes for a million dollars, and it appears. I remember him stuffing as many dollars as he could into his pockets. The girl wishes for the most powerful shield in the universe. The other boy wishes for a laser gun and the last boy wishes for galactic peace.

A collector robot then appears, and sentences them to hard labour on a prison planet called Amacron 7, or something like that, in payment for their wishes. A desert planet.

The rest of the details are hazy, but they are rescued by an alien called Fur, who liked to eat fruitflies with a drink of Coke. He had a ship called the Fruitfly.

I've made it sound terrible but I remember it was excellent. Any ideas guys?

  • I found The Wishing Stone by Christopher Pike, but that would be too easy, would it? I mean, I only Googled.
    – Mr Lister
    Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 17:37
  • Oh smeg, wish I was as good googling as you! I think that might be it...
    – Starkers
    Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 17:46
  • Oh, I found another link, that's better. I'll write it up as an answer.
    – Mr Lister
    Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 17:48
  • @MrLister - Better hurry up. The vultures are circling (me, for instance)
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 17:51
  • @Richard Can't you leave the easy ones to us lesser gods?
    – Mr Lister
    Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 17:53

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This is The Wishing Stone by Christopher Pike, part 9 in the Spooksville series.

The preview in Google Books shows that there is a black hand holding a cube shaped crystal and an alien named Fur with a spaceship named Fruitfly. Oh, and Amacron thirty-seven.

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    Quite impressed that the word 'Amacron' has been floating about my neurons for over a decade :P
    – Starkers
    Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 17:54

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