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Until I began to build and launch rockets I didn't know my home town was at war with itself over its children and that my parents were locked in a kind of bloodless combat over how my brother and I would live our lives I didn't know that if a girl broke your heart another girl virtuous at least in spirit could mend it on the same night And I didn't know that the enthalpy decrease in a converging passage could be transformed into jet kinetic energy if a divergent passage was added The other boys discovered their own truths when we built our rockets but those were mineSo begins Homer Sonny Hickam Jr's extraordinary memoir of life in Coalwood West Virginia a hard scrabble little mining company town where the only things that mattered were coal mining and high school football and where the future was regarded with fear than hope Looking back after a distinguished NASA career Hickam shares the story of his youth taking readers into the life of the little mining town of Coalwood and the boys who would come to embody its dreams In 1957 a young man watched the Soviet satellite Sputnik shoot across the Appalachian sky and soon found his future in the stars 'Sonny' and a handful of his friends Roy Lee Cook Sherman O'Dell and Quentin Wilson were inspired to start designing and launching the home made rockets that would change their lives foreverStep by step with the help and occasional hindrance of a collection of unforgettable characters the boys learn not only how to turn scrap into sophisticated rockets that fly miles into the sky but how to sustain their dreams as they dared to imagine a life beyond its borders in a town that the postwar boom was passing byA powerful story of growing up and of getting out of a mother's love and a father's fears Homer Hickam's memoir Rocket Boys proves like Angela's Ashes and Russell Baker's Growing Up before it that the right storyteller and the right story can touch readers' hearts and enchant their soulsA uniquely endearing book with universal themes of class family coming of age and the thrill of discovery Homer Hickam's Rocket Boys is evocative vivid storytelling at its most magicalIn 1999 Rocket Boys was made into a Hollywood movie named October Sky starring Chris Cooper Jake Gyllenhaal and Laura Dern October Sky is an anagram of Rocket Boys It is also used in a period radio broadcast describing Sputnik 1 as it crossed the 'October sky' Homer Hickam stated that Universal Studios marketing people got involved and they just had to change the title because according to their research women over thirty would never see a movie titled Rocket Boys so Universal Pictures changed the title to be inviting to a wider audience The book was later re released with the name October Sky in order to capitalize on interest in the movie


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    I just spent the last 3 days in Coalwood WV and would have stayed longer but turned the last page of this wonderful book What a great story of growing up coping with difficulties ambition family disappointments friends teachers in short the things that made Homer Hickam Jr the man he is todayThere was a lot of nostalgia in this book for me I grew up in Catsburg NC a tobacco farming community instead of a coal mining town It was a time when we children pretty much ran free through the yards woods and fields only expected to be around when supper was ready and not to embarrass our parents in the meantime No cell phones or computers handling our own problems making our own fun We grew up just fineHomer and the Rocket Boys had that kind of freedom They formed a club The BCMA Big Creek Missile Agency to learn to shoot off rockets after being inspired by Sputnik Their curiosity and enthusiasm took on a life of it's own The high school teachers and townspeople did what they could to help The project brought a community together won a national science fair and showed six boys from coal mining families that there was a different future for them after all The hard work and persistence of those boys is awe inspiring to me In this age of just Google it to think that these guys had to teach themselves calculus to get their rockets into the air had to rely on trial and error to find the right propellant had to find the money and time to put it all together at the same time navigating poverty adolescent love schoolwork and family situations it leaves me speechlessThis book is required reading for 9th graders in my town and now I see why I just hope a few of them can take inspiration from the themes of hard work and never say die attitude on these pages A big thanks to Homer Hickam Jr for sharing his story and his town with us