"Young adult" novel involving a light sail that cuts someone's throat and the protagonist uses a ballpoint pen as an air tube so he can breathe. Probably had the word "star" in the title. It might have involved a young humanoid alien too.

  • I am so sorry. I read that when I was little but I have no idea the name or author. The earth boy and the alien girl are in a solar sail race around Saturn's rings. The solar sail ships look like earth boats with a silver sail, unfortunately razor sharp. The girl gets her throat cut, and the boy inserts the barrel of his ballpoint pen as an impromptu tracheotomy. – Winchell Chung Feb 24 '16 at 21:30

I believe this book is "Starship on Saddle Mountain" by Atlantis Hallam. I remember the tracheotomy using a ball-point pen during a race around Saturn, but don't own the book and haven't read it in decades, so I can't quote any of it.

The ebook is available on Amazon.

  • I am pretty sure this is the one I was thinking about. I recognize the book cover. – Winchell Chung Jul 20 '17 at 22:03
  • @WinchellChung Are you the OP? – Mr Lister Aug 19 '17 at 7:16
  • No, I am no OP. Should I delete my comment? – Winchell Chung Aug 19 '17 at 11:17
  • No, it was just confusing, that was all. – Mr Lister Aug 20 '17 at 6:11

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