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The author traces the boyhood enthusiasm for rockets that eventually led to a career at NASA, describing how he built model rockets in the family garage in West Virginia, inspired by the launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik. Reprint.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Homer H. Hickam
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
Release: 2000
File: 368 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780385333214

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The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir that inspired the film October Sky, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir--a powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the dawn of the 1960s, of a mother's love and a father's fears, of a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space . . . and who made those dreams come true. With the grace of a natural storyteller, NASA engineer Homer Hickam paints a warm, vivid portrait of the harsh West Virginia mining town of his youth, evoking a time of innocence and promise, when anything was possible, even in a company town that swallowed its men alive. A story of romance and loss, of growing up and getting out, Homer Hickam's lush, lyrical memoir is a chronicle of triumph--at once exquisitely written and marvelously entertaining. One of the most beloved bestsellers in recent years, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir. A powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the end of the 1950s, it is the story of a mother's love and a father's fears, of growing up and getting out. With the grace of a natural storyteller, Homer Hickam looks back after a distinguished NASA career to tell his own true story of growing up in a dying coal town and of how, against the odds, he made his dreams of launching rockets into outer space come true. 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.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Homer Hickam
Publisher: Dell
Release: 1999-04-01
File: 384 Pages
ISBN-13: 0440333873

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From the moment 'Sonny' Hickam watches a satellite pass overhead, he and his friends are determined that they will build a rocket. This is the true story of the boys' adventures from the moment their first rocket destroys a fence.

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Author: Homer H. Hickam
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Release: 2015-11-19
File: 384 Pages
ISBN-13: 0008166080

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It's fall, 1959, and Homer "Sonny" Hickam and his fellow Rocket Boys are in their senior year at Big Creek High, launching handbuilt rockets that soar thousands of feet into the West Virginia sky. But in a season traditionally marked by celebrations of the spirit, Coalwood finds itself at a painful crossroads. The strains can be felt within the Hickam home, where a beleaguered HomerSr. is resorting to a daring but risky plan to keep the mine alive, and his wife Elsie is feeling increasingly isolated from both her family and the townspeople. And Sonny, despite a blossoming relationship with a local girl whose dreams are as big as his, finds his own mood repeatedly darkened by an unexplainable sadness. Eager to rally the town's spirits and make her son's final holiday season at home a memorable one, Elsie enlists Sonny and the Rocket Boys' aid in making the Coalwood Christmas Pageant the best ever. But trouble at the mine and the arrival of a beautiful young outsider threaten to tear the community apart when it most needs to come together. And when disaster strikes at home, and Elsie's beloved pet squirrel escapes under his watch, Sonny realizes that helping his town and redeeming himself in his mother's eyes may be a bigger-and more rewarding-challenge than he has ever faced. The result is pure storytelling magic- a tale of small-town parades and big-hearted preachers, the timeless love of families and unforgettable adventures of boyhood friends-that could only come from the man who brought the world Rocket Boys

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Homer Hickam
Publisher: Island Books
Release: 2007-12-18
File: 400 Pages
ISBN-13: 0307423328

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Three years in the life of Homer 'Sonny' Hickam, from the moment he sees the Sputnik satellite overhead in West Virginia to his successful launch of a prizewinning rocket. A nostalgic and lyrical memoir of growing up in rural West Virginia in the 1950s and one boy's dream to rival the Russians in the race for space. In 1957 in Coalwood, West Virginia, a town dominated by the black steel towers of the mine and the coal waggons, for a fourteen year old boy there are two routes in life: a football scholarship to college or a life underground. Sonny Hickam, the mine superintendent's younger son, is too small for the football team. But his destiny is altered when the town turns out to watch the Soviet Sputnik satellite pass overhead. From that moment, Homer Hickam and his friends determine that they will form the Big Creek Missle Agency and build an American rocket. This is the true story of the boys' adventures from the moment their first rocket, Auk 1, destroys the garden fence and the lovingly tended roses. Supported only by a tolerant mother and a father who turns a literally blind eye, Sonny gradually entrances the entire town to support his enterprise, which eventually is entere

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Genre: Aerospace engineers
Author: Homer H. Hickam
Publisher:
Release: 1999-10
File: 368 Pages
ISBN-13: 185702995X

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Previously published in paperback as October Sky. Three years in the life of Homer ‘Sonny’ Hickam, from the moment he sees the Sputnik satellite overhead in West Virginia to his successful launch of a prizewinning rocket.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Homer H. Hickam
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Release: 2015-11-19
File: 384 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780008172275

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Charlie is an irresistibly funny little brother who manages to get into all kinds of scrapes. Whether he's trying to hinder or help his brother Max and best friend Henry, trouble is guaranteed! Rocket Boy The new boy at school says his dad is on a rocket, flying to a star. Charlie knows Zachary is lying. No one has a dad that cool - do they? Great Escape Fed up of being picked on by his family, Charlie runs away - to Henry's house. The only problem is, Charlie forgot how QUIET runaways need to be . . .

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Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Author: Hilary McKay
Publisher: Hachette Children's
Release: 2014-06-19
File: 160 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781444919219

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Genre: History
Author: Homer Hickam Jr.
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Release: 2014-01-15
File: 392 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781612515786

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‘Must-read... A funny yet tragic tale of a husband and wife’s car journey across the US with Albert the alligator in tow. Yes, really.’ Marie Claire A journey of a thousand miles. With an alligator on the back seat. And John Steinbeck as a passenger. This is a tale where everything is true,except the bits that are made up.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Homer Hickam
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release: 2015-10-13
File: 416 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780008154233

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3 ... 2 ... 1 ... LIFT OFF. Let science-mad chatterbox Rocket launch into your hearts in this inspiring picture book from two incredible debut talents. Rocket's going to be the greatest astronaut, star-catcher, space-traveller that has ever lived! But... First, she needs to convince her big brother Jamal to stop looking down at his phone and start LOOKING UP at the stars. ---- Bursting with energy and passion about space and the natural world, this heart-warming picture book will reignite your desire to turn off those screens and switch on to the outside world.

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Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Author: Nathan Bryon
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release: 2019-06-13
File: 32 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780241345863

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