Rocket Boys

Rocket Boys

A Memoir

Book - 1998
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The true story, originally published as Rocket Boys , that inspired the Universal Pictures film.

It was 1957, the year Sputnik raced across the Appalachian sky, and the small town of Coalwood, West Virginia, was slowly dying.

Faced with an uncertain future, Homer Hickam nurtured a dream: to send rockets into outer space. The introspective son of the mine's superintendent and a mother determined to get him out of Coalwood forever, Homer fell in with a group of misfits who learned not only how to turn scraps of metal into sophisticated rockets but how to sustain their hope in a town that swallowed its men alive.

As the boys began to light up the tarry skies with their flaming projectiles and dreams of glory, Coalwood, and the Hickams, would never be the same.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c1998
ISBN: 9780440235507
0440235502
9780385333207
038533320X
Branch Call Number: 629.1092 HIC
Characteristics: 568 p
Alternative Title: October sky

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kevinjtate
Dec 24, 2016

An inspiring memoir that features determination and team work. Very enjoyable read.

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mccannxgrande
Jun 16, 2015

The book was great, but it was slow at times. I would recommend this book to my friends.

AKerr70 Jun 03, 2015

A good book, as long as you are not being forced by your mom to read it within three days.

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Dixiedog2
Feb 23, 2014

While it was a dated book from a different era, it was a very entertaining book even for a teenage reader. Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.

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dixiedog
Feb 13, 2014

Rocket Boys – A Memoir by Homer H. Hickam Jr. – teenage prodigy, Vietnam veteran, Aeronautical Engineer, and former employee of NASA is a warm and very rewarding adult rated book; suitable for readers 16 years of age and older. The book was a little slow for the first fifty to sixty pages while Mr. Hickman describes his childhood and his arduous relationship with his father and older athletic brother Jim. He also describes in detail what life was like in a coal mining town in West Virginia in the 1950s. Homer was a typical teenage boy of the early space race era and perhaps this book may appeal more readers who were youngsters or teenagers in the period 1950-1970. The book picks up nicely when Homer and his friends build their first rocket so-to-speak; i.e., it performed more like a stick of dynamite than a shooting star. The author has a great sense of humour which is scattered sparsely throughout his book. The book grows on you and I personally hated to see it end. Homer’s story was made into the movie ‘October Sky’ which is also available at the Ottawa Public Library. The movie of course deviates somewhat from the book and while very entertaining, the book in many ways was better. Highly recommended by Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

Shsunon May 16, 2011

A great read--A boy's interest in rockets, his shaky relationship with his father explored. And his winning of a national science fair--true story---

Made into a movie--October Sky!!

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red_spider_244 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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