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Rocket Boys

Title: Rocket Boys (The Coalwood Series #1)
Author: Homer H. Hickam
Year First Published: 1998
Page Count: 368
Synopsis: 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.

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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Focus Coming of Age Setting North America
Focus Parent/Child Setting Small Town
Main Character Male Time Period Contemporary
Main Character Teen Type Happy Ending

Series (that include this book):

  • This is #1 in the Coalwood series.
    aka October Sky

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