Rocket Boys

Rocket Boys

A Memoir

eBook - 1998
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aThe #1 -- Rocket Boys A story of romance and loss and a keen portrait of life at an extraordinary point in American history, Rocket Boys is a chronicle of triumph.
Publisher: New York : Delta Trade Paperbacks, [1998]
Copyright Date: ©1998
ISBN: 9780440333876
Characteristics: 1 online resource (368 pages)


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Sep 21, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Homer writes an excellent heart-warming story of growing up in coal country and doesn't hesitate to tell about the good times in Coalwood as well as the struggles of his mother trying to keep the family of four together in the community. His perseverance in building rockets made his dreams come true--that of becoming a NASA scientist. This book is a must read for all ages.

Aug 15, 2019

Wow. Quite possibly one of the best books I've ever read. I loved the movie that was based on this (October Sky), but the book puts the movie to shame, which is no easy feat. Absolutely spectacular. For anyone who's ever dreamed of space, and faced the long hard journey to get there.

Jan 28, 2019

One of the best books I've ever read, I had seen the movie "October Sky" long ago. Still I was not prepared for the detailed and humorous accounts of author Hickam's and his rocket-building partners' tenacious efforts, interwoven with heavy yet non-melodramatic stories of life in a mining town past its prime. Hickam not only is a fearless, prize-winning, boyhood rocket builder, Vietnam vet, and retired NASA engineer, but a first-rate author as well. He paints perfect word pictures with his word choices and pacing.

Dec 24, 2016

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

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.

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.

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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