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Some Birds Don't Fly

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In the fleeting seconds before countdown, there is a breathless hush of expectation. Then, the moment all have been waiting for: "Ten. . . nine. . . eight. . . seven. . . six. . . five. . . four. . . three. . . two. . . one. . . ZERO!"

The missile lifts from its launching pad, lumbers 50 feet aloft, gives a graceless to-hell-with-it shudder, and returns to earth.

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Hardcover, 135 pages
Published 1968 by Rand McNally
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Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I had no idea that Gary Paulsen, of Hatchet fame, was a missileer! I'm not sure if this book is truly non-fiction, but it is a fascinating read for those interested in the very early days of rocket and missile testing.

The book is composed of short stories that take place on various testing ranges out west. I wished the book had more details on the ranges, and what it was like in those days. The author focuses more on the people and events. A couple of the stories really stand out
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Although he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age. After a librarian gave him a book to read--along with his own library card--he was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.

Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for