I have been trying to look for this book for a while. I think it was made for children. My memories of it are vague. It's a sci-fi book, that much I'm sure of. On the cover I think there is a picture of a young girl with purple hair and she's smiling.

In this book I think she and some others travel into space. I distinctly remember there being "alien" characters (as in "letters") being shown in the book. Perhaps she is traveling with an older man?

  • Do you have a time period when the book was written? Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 3:35
  • An older copy of "Damia" by Anne McCaffrey might meet those criteria. The Rowan might also fall into the category. Commented Jun 5, 2015 at 20:44

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I finally found the answer after so many years. It's the Akiko series by Mark Crilley. When I asked this question I was referring to Akiko on the Planet Smoo (2000). Thank you to everyone else who tried to help.

From Goodreads:

Fourth grader Akiko finds a spacecraft hovering outside her window one night, is whisked off to planet Smoo to find kidnapped Prince. How can Akiko head a rescue mission when she's afraid to be on the school's safety patrol? The team includes -- Spuckler Boach, Gax, Poog, and Mr. Beeba.

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    Sounds like you're the OP, if so, please correct your multiple accounts by merging them, that way, you can 'accept' this answer one as the correct one, to help others know that the problem is solved.
    – Möoz
    Commented Oct 16, 2017 at 2:53
  • Also, that would make this question a duplicate of this one: Late 90's or early 00's graphic novel with a girl and an airship
    – Möoz
    Commented Oct 16, 2017 at 2:55
  • It's great that you came back to answer this question and help others who maybe asked themselves this question too. I hope you stay around!
    – Secespitus
    Commented Oct 16, 2017 at 7:25

My first instinct is Sassinak (1990), by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon. Space travel, smiling girl. Older man adopts the main character.

But purple hair only if the cover is sun bleached.

Sassinak cover illustration, girl in a heavy space suit wielding a rifle


Maybe The Skinwalker's Apprentice (2014) by Claribel Ortega? Girl with purple hair on the cover and she's smirking, kind of. I stumbled across it on a Goodreads sci-fi list called "Best Kick-Ass Female Characters From YA and Children's Fantasy and Science Fiction", but it seems to be about a witch and magic. Since your memory is foggy, I suggest checking it out anyways, just in case.

From Goodreads:

Welcome to The Empire State, where banshees, witches, and skinwalkers wait…” Margo Pennyfeather is being hunted. The 16-year-old witch has always been an outcast, in her home back in England, and now in the village of East Hampton, New York, where her family has settled. No one but her family has ever cared for Margo, but now the most important witch in the magic world wants her as an apprentice, giving her a chance to bring her family out of poverty. Before long, Margo realizes things aren't what they seem, least of all, what kind of witch she really is. Now, the young witch must face a terrifying monster on her own, and the reverberations will reach farther than she could have ever imagined. More than three hundred years later, in 1984 Emerald Kipp is a high school senior in New York City. A troubled teen with a rebellious streak, Emerald can't seem to figure out what to do with her life, and unfortunately for her, “witch” isn’t one of the available career choices in her guidance counselor’s office. As she struggles to figure herself out, Emerald is faced with the threat of being stuck in school and missing her final summer with her three best friends. Her last year of high school is turning out to be the worst yet, and Emerald thinks it can’t possibly get any worse. Unfortunately for her, she’s dead wrong. And there’s something else, something far more sinister stirring in Emerald’s world, and she’ll have to believe in herself if she wants to get through it alive. Two witches, three hundred years apart, one inescapable fate.

book cover, purple-haired girl with green bright eyes and a black jacket smiling. A shadow floating on an umbrella in the background

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