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THE X FACTOR
The X Factor - a novel from 1965 by Andre Norton. Here's the flap-copy from the first hardcover, which gives a reasonable summary or set-up:
Diskan Fentress, mutant son of a space explorer, did not fit into his father's world - or any world the hoy had ever known. His outsize strength in a poorly coordinated body, which often resulted in his breaking what he wanted to mend or cherish, dismayed him and destroyed any self-confidence he might have had. Not until he stole a spaceship and crashlanded on an unknown planet did he have a chance to prove himself and his special merits. There he found he could communicate by thought projection with the strange furred animals native to the planet, with whom he liad a special kinship. In time, led by the animals, he was able to restore an ancient culture in which at last he found himself no longer haunted by clumsy inadequacy.
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