Published March 2003
by Tandem Library .
Written in English
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Rocket Boys has been translated into eight languages and has received many awards. It was selected by the New York Times as one of its Great Books of and was an alternate Book-of-the-Month selection for both the Literary Guild and Doubleday book clubs. It was also nominated by the National Book Critics Circle as best Biography of The Making of Rocket Boys/October Sky. The Making of Rocket Boys / October Sky As Seen Through the Eyes of the Movie Extras by Barbara Hilemon. pages Softbound (printed on glossy paper) inches x 11 inches. Barbara Hilemon's book contains almost color photographs taken during the filming of the movie October Sky. As the memoir begins, Homer Hickam Jr. is a young teenager living in the mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia. His father is Homer Hickam Sr., the superintendent of the mine, his mother is Elsie Hickam, who makes no secret of her dislike for the mine and mining, and his brother is Jim Hickam, a handsome, popular football player. Beginning with the boys creating their new rocket candy fuel by mixing sugar and saltpeter with his mother, they are able to create rockets that’s main limitation is the oxidation of the metal. At the same time, Sonny’s father invites him to come to the mine with him.
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 /5(K). The Rocket Boys Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography and quizzes written by community members like you. The very first line of the book is a metaphor and a pretty abstract one at that. Its mystery and ambiguity effectively sets the stage for the. The young narrator and protagonist of Rocket Boys, Homer Hickam, Jr. is a curious, adventurous, and ambitious teenager from the town of Coalwood, West Virginia. During the course of the book, Homer, inspired by read analysis of Homer Hickam Jr. dreams, a book that can be recommended to all. Hickam has written a wonderful story about when kids had to make their own fun with what was at hand. It’s an adult book about remembering childhood.” —San Antonio Express-News “Rocket Boys, while a true story, reads like a well-written novel. It .
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 s, 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. In September , Delacorte published Hickam's second book, "Rocket Boys: A Memoir." It has since been translated into eight languages. After the movie came out, the publisher released a mass market paperback of "Rocket Boys," retitled "October Sky." The book stayed on The New York Times best seller list for 16 weeks and was No. 1 for three weeks. "Not another boys' coming-of-age story," a friend says when I recommend Homer Hickam's book, Rocket Boys. But Rocket Boys does something remarkable with that genre. It's been made into the movie October Sky (that's also the paperback title). I haven't seen the movie and may not bother. It could hardly improve on the book. October Sky is the first memoir in a series of four, by American engineer Homer Hickam Jr. originally published in as Rocket editions were published under the title October Sky as a tie-in to the film adaptation.. It is a story of growing up in a mining town, and a boy's pursuit of amateur rocketry in a coal mining town. The book won the W.D. Weatherford Award in , the.