I read a novel from the mid to late 80's where a class was transported for a survival weekend but the transporter malfunctioned and the group wound up on an unknown planet. I believe the kids were stuck there for a couple before being found. At the end of the book one of survivors journeyed back to the new planet with a type of wagon train of pioneers. Anyone know this book and if so its name?

  • Stuck for a couple of what? Seconds? Fortnights? Eons?
    – user14111
    Commented Aug 6, 2015 at 5:15
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    When I saw the title, my first thought was, "Magic School Bus?" Although I guess that's more fantasy, technically.
    – jpmc26
    Commented Aug 6, 2015 at 5:45
  • Not the answer to the question, but if you liked the premises of that story, you might want to have a look at the (fantasy) novel "The Silver Gryphon" by Mercedes Lackey (which is the third novel of the "Mage Wars" trilogy, which I can also recommend as a whole). The story features two young adults that find their routine trip to their first outpost duty turned into a life-or-death survival challenge by unseen enemies that somehow disabled all their magic (including most of their tools), and I found it extremely captivating reading.
    – DevSolar
    Commented Aug 6, 2015 at 9:07
  • possibly the same as scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/253893/…
    – Otis
    Commented Sep 19, 2021 at 21:36

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Your description is a bit vague, but this is almost certainly Tunnel in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein.

In "Tunnel," it's not a class trip, it's the final exam of a survival skills class that almost every high-school student takes. It's supposed to be for a few days, but a super-nova disrupts the teleportation system for a year or so (Offhand, I'm not positive about how long it was).

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    If that is what the OP is looking for, this will make the 6th or 7th time this question has come up here.
    – user14111
    Commented Aug 6, 2015 at 4:29

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