Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis (Space Trilogy #1)

A literature and language scholar is kidnapped and taken via space-ship from England to Malacandra, where he escapes and goes on the run.

Recommended by Mrs. Woislaw, ELL Teacher: “It is an interesting early science fiction book which touches on themes from his Chronicles of Narnia and also explores philology through explaining terms from the alien language.”