Science Fiction Books/Older sci-fi book
I am dyslexic and had a hard time learning to tread. My first book I loved was a book about a young earth boy shanghaied to a mining planet/asteroid to become a houseboy. Substance mined was sort of magic in that it brought the necessary things needed to win in any situation. He makes friends with a young woman and they escape. I thought the name of the old (1960's)book was Synchronicity, but when I search I just don't find it. Cover art I think was a head shot of the boy with an alien planet in the backdrop.
I believe I know the book you remember. If I am correct, then the book is "The Secrets of Synchronicity" by Jonathan Fast. It was published by Signet in 1977.
Here is a link to the entry for it in the ISFDB, which includes a thumbnail picture of the cover.
I haven't read this book. But I have a copy of it in my collection. I would not have been able to find the book if you hadn't given me the "Synchronicity" title to work with. That was the clue that I needed.