There's a book (and, if I remember, a sequel, though it could have just been a 2nd part of the same book) I read in the 1970s, that probably dated from at least a decade or more earlier, that I've never been able to identify or find again.

The story was about a young alien named something like Martin, Marty, or similar, who comes to Earth, and goes camping (and/or joins the Boy Scouts) with the protagonist young Earthling boy. The sequel, or other part, was about Martin/Marty/whomever returning the favor by inviting the boy back to his home planet, where they go to a perfectly-reconstructed campsite that is otherwise located in the middle of an empty wasteland. I seem to recall that there were a lot of color illustrations.

Any help would be appreciated!

  • You should split this off into two separate questions. – Trish Ling Jan 28 '15 at 22:06
  • Suggest you split this into two distinct questions, one for each book. – Stan Jan 28 '15 at 22:07
  • possible duplicate of scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/96157/… (which is newer but has an accepted answer) – Otis Oct 2 '15 at 15:30

Has to be the book The Space Ship Under the Apple Tree by Louis Slobodkin (the first book of the series by the same name).

  • Published 1952
  • Protagonist is a boy scout named Eddie
  • The alien is from the planet Martinea, whom Eddie names "Marty."

Here's one of the illustrations: Illustration from The Space Ship Under the Apple Tree

You can see more excerpts and illustrations on a Louis Slobodkin fan site: http://slobodkin.net/books/target98.html

Thanks for the question -- I hadn't thought of this series in decades... used the following Google search terms to find it: alien "boy scout" young adult science fiction

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