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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Rocket Boys - On the Same Page

Review by: L.D.
I don't often read non-fiction, but Rocket Boys is the selection for this year's "On the Same Page" community read. It is the story of Homer Hickam's youth in the mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia. His father always assumed that Homer would grow up to follow in his footsteps and work in the mine, but from the first newscasts about the Russians' successful launch of Sputnik, Homer sets his heart on building rockets and eventually working at Cape Canaveral.
As he and his friends develop more and more sophisticated rockets, and experience spectacular successes and near accidents, the town begins to take notice and, eventually cheer him on.
The author, Homer Hickam, is not only a NASA engineer, but a gifted story teller. He weaves friendship, romance, inspiration, comedy and drama into a great coming-of-age tale.
Why I picked it up: Trying to get a head-start on the “On the Same Page” community read that takes place in October.
Why I finished it: I had to find out if Homer ever got to work with his idol, Dr. Warner von Braun.
I’d give this book to: Just about anyone in high school or older: for kids, because it’s an inspiring story that illustrates that if you want something bad enough and work for it, you can achieve it; for adults, especially those who remember the 1950s and 60s, it’s a nostalgic memoir of the space race and a “simpler time;” for anyone, because it is such a good story.


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