Rocket Boys (Coalwood)
With the grace of a natural s...more
This book inspired the movie October Sky wh...more
DID ANYONE ELSE NOTICE, THAT FIFTY YEARS AGO, PEOPLE WERE HOOKING UP IN BAND BUSES!?
Holy mother of french horns, it's ingrained in our history. I'm not talking to you, ex-cheerleaders belonging to the "'Twilight' fanclubs", you emo english lit majors arguing over poe. You couldn't understand.
Only a certain ty...more
Although I was a teenager more than a decade later than Hickam was, some of the things he wrote about hit close to home. I, too, grew up in a rural area - on a dirt road in the woods of NH. I remember what it's like to lie in the dark in the middle of nowhere and watch for satellites. I and my circle of friends experimented pretty freely on our own with things l...more
A friend recommended this to me years back and although I was interested enough to chuck it in my shopping basket at Amazon a couple of years back it's taken me until now to get around to picking it up to read. This is the story (true) of Sonny Hickam and his friends known as the 'Rocket Boys' who, in the late 1950s, were inspired by the Sputnik satellites to build and launch their own rockets in a small coal mining town in West Virginia.
The moral that's often repeated throughout the book is th...more
Homer H. Hickam Jr.
Theme: Follow Your Dreams
Sonny (Homer H. Hickam Jr.) is a boy growing up in a cole mining town. His father runs the cole mines and all life in the town of Coalwood revolves around the mining of coal. Sonny is expected by the family to grow up and work in the mines but all we wants to do is design and build rockets. Dr. von Braun's work with Sputnik inspires Sonny and his gang of friends to step outside their normal lifestyles and the town's expec...more
Audience: Those who are into science and rockets.
Main issue: The Rocket Boys need to find a way to make their rockets launch higher and higher.
Setting:1957, Coalwood, West Virginia
Main Characters: Homer, Elise, Homer Sr., O'Dell, Roy Lee, Sherman, and Miss Riley
Like: Motivational, True story
Dislike: Lots of swearing
Quotes: "Just don't blow yourselves up." - Elise Hickam
"I had discovered that learning something, no matter how complex, wasn't hard when I had a re...more
Homer Hickam was a boy who really admired Wernher von Braun, and he started the BCMA....more
Hickam's tale is, in all likelihood, embellished, but it is both inspiring and historical without being preachy. The setting is small mining towns of West Virginia as they pass from post-war relevance to shab...more
Once a upon a time in Earth Science class, when we were learning about space and the planets (I swear we learn it every year, but whatever), our Earth Science teacher decided to show us a film called October Sky. At first, I thought. Oh, another one of those silly science videos they show us every year like Bill Nye the science guy, but worse. I think I'll just take a nap.
On the contrary, it...more
The theme of this novel in my opinion was hope, Mainly a lot of this "hope" being Homer but also the other boys never gave up and kept trying over and...more
it was interesting how the book took time during the Cold War in the Space War between the US and the Soviet Union. The whole life of these boys were surprising in the fact that they were born with such little hope, only to grow up and develop a future.
reading this book helped me realize that with hard work anything is possible. Their life was an example of hard work paying off in the future. They didn't let negative comments stop them from doing what they grew to love. Homer and his friends pr...more
I was fairly certain I would not like this book, and I read the first chapter with a negative predisposition toward it, just to decide whether I would actually read it. About ten chapters later, I realized I could not have been more wrong. I was absolutely hooked and I never looked back.
It's one of the best, most inspiring stories I've...more
Joe Emerson - October Sky
October Sky is about a boy, nicknamed “Homer”. His brother was the star footballer in the little town called “Coal-wood”. His dad was the chief miner in the big mine and used most of his time in the mine. He was too weak too play football, and his dad wanted to get him into mining. Homer, liked one thing, and that was rockets. He watched them on TV. His mom, on the other hand, thought that he could do much better. She told him that he should get out of the town as soon a...more
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