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Needle by Hal Clement
Definitely one of the more enjoyable juveniles of the era.
I certainly won't quibble over the 'enjoyable' part!
But was it a juvenile? Certainly one of the protags was young,
but the story was serialized in "Astounding", so it wasn't pitched
to a "juvenile" audience..
True, the novel was first serialized in _Astounding_ in 1949. However,
one for the adult market and the other one for the adolescent market.
The second one was a part of the "Young Moderns" series and was priced
accordingly -- $1.00 vs. $2.50. See
http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?1479 for details.
Huh. Interesting! I wonder how they kept the adults from buying the cheaper
copy. They were going to get looked down on for reading SF anyway..
Keep in mind that 1950 was the dawn of the mass market paperback era.
During the first half of the 20th century it was common to have
multiple hardcover editions of the same book. The more expensive ones
used good paper and had a sturdy binding. Less expensive editions used
low quality paper and the binding was just a notch or two above what
later readers would call a "trade paperback". It wasn't unlike the
difference between the paper stock and the manufacturing methods used
by "slick" magazines vs. "pulp" magazines.