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Rocket Boys (The Coalwood Series #1) by [Homer Hickam]
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Rocket Boys (The Coalwood Series #1) Kindle Edition

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Book 1 of 3: The Coalwood Series

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"[T]horoughly charming....Hickam builds a story of overcoming obstacles that is worthy of Frank Capra...[in its]...eloquent evocation of a lost time and place."—Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times

“A thoroughly charming memoir ... [An] eloquent evocation of a lost time and place.”—New York Times

“A stirring tale that offers something unusual these days ... a message of hope in an age of cynicism.”—San Diego Union-Tribune

“A great read ... One closes the book with an immense feeling of satisfaction.”—Atlanta Journal-Constitution


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In 1957, the national panic set off by Sputnik I reached into the hollows of Coalwood, West Virginia, the setting for this affecting story. The second son of a coal mine's manager, teenage Homer went bonkers about rockets, listening to Sputnik I's beep, watching it streak across the night sky, and yearning to work for Wernher von Braun. So he formed a rocket club, whose adventures in launching the Auk series of rockets, from their first attempt that burned up Mom's fence to the last that flew six miles up, form the frame of the memoir. The content comes from the conflict and gossip generated by his rocket compadres' activities, and if dialogue is remembered suspiciously accurately and entrances and exits occur with too dramatically effective timing, the narrative still rings true. Hickam's profiles of Coalwood's people (some, he admits, are composites) invite cheers and boos: boos for brother Jim and his thick-browed gridiron buddies, always threatening to pound on Sonny and his four-eyed friends; cheers for rocketeer Quentin, surely a composite geek from central casting whose word of approval is prodigious. Even if Hickam stretched the strict truth to metamorphose his memories into Stand by Melike material for Hollywood (and a movie has been made, with release set for late this year), the embellishing only converts what is a good story into an absorbing, rapidly readable one that is unsentimental but artful about adolescence, high school, and family life. Could generate intense interest. Gilbert Taylor --This text refers to the unbound edition.

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  • File Size : 2026 KB
  • Publisher : Dell (April 1, 1999)
  • ASIN : B000Q67J3O
  • Publication Date : April 1, 1999
  • Print Length : 394 pages
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 1,131 ratings