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The book is "The year when stardust fell" by Raymond Jones. I read this in grade school as a YA trade paperback. All I can find now are hardcover copies ranging from 50 to 400+ dollars -- way too much for my blood. If anyone happens to know where I can find this in the $1 to $10 dollar range, could you let me know? Thanks.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oh hey, did you check your local library? If they don't have it, ask if they can do an interlibrary loan. They'll check libraries all over the country.
1) It's not a must-read, but rather a want-to-read book. A short story idea I was toying with started to sound familiar, and eventually I remembered why that was so: I'd done a book report on it when I was about 10-years-old. I went looking for it to reread it and make sure I wasn't just reusing Jones' plot without realizing it.

2) I did look at the Brooklyn and NYC public libraries. The later has it as a reference-only copy stored off-site, and the BPL has it at its main branch -- history lends me to believe that it is either a reference or lost copy, but I was in there today and have put in a request for it, so we'll see if that comes to anything.

3) I don't want you to go out of your way to look for it, but if you happen to be browsing a used bookstore, please keep me in mind. :o)
The store's just up the street from my Dojo. I often go there to kill time before class if I happen to get there early. I never mind making a trip there. ;-) I'll check it out on Monday. :-D

Hopefully the request will come through if nothing else!