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If there is one, just ONE thing that was monumentally historic in this book, a revealing glimpse into our culture s rich history and sociological mindset, it had nothing to do with rockets.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 type of person a special combination of musicianship, athleticism and geekiness, if you will will truly comprehend the depth of connection I felt after reading Homer s elation at having Dorothy Plunk drift off to sleep on his shoulder while the bus plowed through West Virginia backcountry That beautiful contentedness with the world, that feeling of satisfaction at the day s performance, the wind whipping through your hair, cuddled up for warmth with half the trumpet section as your dirty, poorly maintained and diesel belching bus careens through the night at the hands of some ill trained and half asleep band booster sigh I mean, serious relationships all over this country have been SOLD on late night band bus trips Marriages made Babies born after the marriages, i mean we re not cheerleaders, afterall I m willing to bet that thousand of American teenagers would never have logged thousands of solid make out practice hours without this type of magical transportation.I just never guessed it had been around for so long It s like discovering your great ancestors also signed in at the gym just to get a smoothie so their account would show they came than three times a week and were actually using their membership anyway, i digress.solid book can t beat the style of writing, it may be slow, but it matches his personality so completely you know it must be genuine and somehow, for it, the pay off in the end is greater i was heartbroken to read the epilogue about dorothy, that she was even the first part of it at all.homer, i really liked you, man you should have known, the woodwinds can be a bitch because i feel like we re friends, and it s never too late for a rocket scientist you charmer you can NEVER go wrong with a percussionist. 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 Mine So 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 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 , 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 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 The story of Homer Hickam who while growing up in now extinct Coalwood, West Virginia, forms a group of higher reaching miner s son s who become proficient backyard rocket launchers and provide much needed hope to the entire town If you re of an age to remember Sputnik and the great arms race and enjoy a soundtrack of songs from the early 1960 s you will most likely be a fan of this endearing coming of age tale which was the basis of the film October Sky Book 4.5 stars Epilogue 5 stars. Coalwood held quite a childhood The town, the neighborhood The strong connections of shared culture and identity of work The gossip, the dust, the pattern of days this book takes you there.And it also took me back to my own A mere three years younger than Sonny here I was doing quite the same but in other dirty and dusty air More limestone than coal but ever present.This is the second reading for about 1 2 of this book Years ago I read the first half and never finished it And no longer remember the reason Reading time was so much rarer then But this book about goals, aspirations, dreams of what could be is honestly true As it was and felt.As are the dangers and excursions and wild freedom of childhood and adolescent roaming Within entirely different connotations for purposes too, from our present 2016 Culture was treacherous but it hadn t lost its anchors. Having recently read and enjoyed Carrying Albert Home The Somewhat True Story of A Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator, I decided to go back and read the first book by West Virginia coal miner s kid turned rocket scientist and best selling author Homer Hickam Rocket Boys, perhaps best known as the book that inspired the movie October Sky, is a heart warming coming of age memoir about a group of boys who dreamt of the future in a town that had very little future to dream about As is often the case, the movie pales in comparison to the book, which is alive with a rich vitality that comes straight from the heart and a sense of humor that is uniquely Homer Hickam I know this as I have recently been privileged to correspond with Homer and it has been a delightful experience The secret of Rocket Boys is that it isn t really a story about boys building rockets It is a story about relationships relationships with friends, with teachers, with brothers, with neighbors Most important though, it is the story of the relationship between the young Homer Hickam and his parents Many of us know that getting along with a father who sees the worlds differently than we do is a difficult In Rocket Boy s Homer did a magnificent job of describing the rocky relationship between himself and his father yet still letting the reader know that the bond between the two was something unbreakable FYI On a 5 point scale I assign stars based on my assessment of what the book needs in the way of improvements 5 Stars Nothing at all If it ain t broke, don t fix it 4 Stars It could stand for a few tweaks here and there but it s pretty good as it is 3 Stars A solid C grade Some serious rewriting would be needed in order for this book to be considered great or memorable 2 Stars This book needs a lot of work A good start would be to change the plot, the character development, the writing style and the ending 1 Star The only thing that would improve this book is a good bonfire. This book was fabulous It is the type of book I will be lending to everyone It is mostly a true story though the author admits to taking some license about Homer Hickam, Jr and his rocket building club Hickam grew up in a mining town in which the only job choice was to become a miner His mother wanted to ensure he got out of the town and encouraged him to build rockets as a means of proving to his father that he was smart enough to go to college.This book inspired the movie October Sky which has long been a favourite feel good movie of mine However I think I like the book for an entirely different reason The movie is an inspirational story of a boy overcoming the odds in order to become something that was not expected of him While the book was about that too, it was also about a lifestyle in which children where given much greater freedoms and responsibilities.When Hickam and his buddies decided to build a rocket they went to the corner store and bought explosive chemicals in order to make it happen When they blew up his mother s fence her reaction was to encourage him to build and to not blow himself up The rocket launches were incredible dangerous especially to spectators who were repeatedly diving for cars in order to avoid being impaled by rockets Twice he describes rockets that went out of control and ended up in the town itself, potentially deadly weapons.The story that stands out in my mind is of Hickam and his mates riding there sleds many miles to school after a snow day was declared He ended up getting home on his own, walking through a whiteout and suffering near frostbite before coming across a home in which he was invited He dried off and then kept on going On arriving home his mother and father were unperplexed, not slightly bothered that there son could almost have died.I wonder whether the Hickam s mother was so passionate about him leaving the town that she thought it better that he die trying than have to go down into the mines.I found this book inspirational as a parent It reminded me that children become adults quicker than we think, and are capable of much than our current system allows for. During the eighties I was the store manager for Toys and Gifts Outlet in Oklahoma City Loved that job It was comprised of many elements I enjoy creativity, organization, team building, spatial aptitude, business mathematics, diversity, physicality and social interaction Being a decade before the microchip exploded onto the scene in full force kids, and adults alike, still found joy in non computerized toys and hobbies that required a bit of mentality, physicality, skill, and or self generated imagination Frisbees, board games, kites, yoyos, roller skates, Rubik Cubes, croquet, Spiro Graphs, weaving looms, art kits, science kits, model cars, model planes, telescopes and the highly sought after Estes Model Rocket kits and engines In which I never understood the thrill of rocketry until my assistant manager, Richard Wood, held a rocket building clinic one Saturday morning in the field behind our mall At clinics end, they lit off one of Rick s personal rockets And wow Just like the town folk of Coalwood, West Virginia, in Hickman s memoir October Sky Rocket Boys that gathered to watch, I was mouth open, dumbstruck awed Though Rick s twenty two inch, twenty five thousand ft flight Hercules rocket hardly compared to the steel prototypes invented, designed, built, tooled, fueled, and flown by Hickman and the other Rocket Boys, it was still way cool impressive Equally so, I was impressed with Hickman s memoir a time capsule of sorts that encompasses rocketry, the race to space cold war era fears and feats coal mining family dynamics friendship teenage wows and woes coming of age in the nineteen fifties It was like stepping back in time to witness a by gone era on the verge of great scientific and technological advancements but with the added bonus of an intimate stroll down Memory Lane And for the most part, I found that Hickman s inclusion of intimate details surrounding his personal life, music, school, friendships, parent son complexities, love quests, cars, and social endeavors gave warmth, humor, era insight, and humanistic value to his memoir However, a strength carried to excess becomes a weakness There were a few places that bogged down with frivolous microscopic details black holes rabbit trails of no significance that made the book lengthier than need be, in my opinion Overall, taking in account black holes, October Sky is a four star propulsion great read. Loved it The sequels are not as good as he milks the story for and books, but the original is fantastic I ve read this three or four times and bought the movie October Sky This is a great book about coming of age and relationships and meeting your goals and is great for all kids. Interesting that October Sky the name of the movie is an anagram of Rocket Boys the name of the book the original name anyway.Although I was a teenager 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 like chemistry and electricity, and did things like making powder propelled projectiles We did not achieve Hickam s level or come anywhere near his scientific approach, but nevertheless remembering these things made me feel a connection to his tale Whether that s important, I can t say, but I doubt it I think everyone can empathize with a quest for intellectual independence.One thing that struck me was how well Hickam constructed, or perhaps experienced, parallels to what the boys are doing with their rockets This is a story of bonds that can be loosened but only to varying degrees It s told in terms of the rockets that fight against gravity, only to return of young people stretching their roots, only to retain them of a mining town that has to give up its hold on its people or vice versa Very telling is Hickam finding a favorite poem of his father, about sending out dreams in cars that come back empty.Way too long a note, I know.. Quick and light Enjoyable read Nothing heavy about this one.