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October Sky
October Sky: A Memoir | Homer H. Hickam
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. Originally published as Rocket Boys. Reissue.
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Butterfinger
Rocket Boys | Homer Hickam
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Oh, what a glorious book!!!! Space race from rural mountains of West Virginia. The relationship between father and son was analyzed. The support and encouragement of a small community. Union vs company men. The love of a mother. It just had everything. October Sky is one of my favorite movies and now Rocket Boys is one of my favorite books. #Nonfiction2022 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I am a Brain

Scochrane26 It‘s hard to find now under the original Rocket Boys title. I read it years ago. Also, I love his The Coalwood Way & Sky Of Stone. 10mo
robinb Ok, I‘m embarrassed to say that Homer Hickam lives in my town…and I‘ve never read him. Oh the shame…😔😔😔 10mo
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audraelizabeth
October Sky: A Memoir | Homer H. Hickam
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I love this book just as i loved the movie.
#litsyatoz letter o @BookishMarginalia
#mmd local author
#readthestates west virginia
#readingrush book to movie adaptation

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Chrissyreadit
Rocket Boys | Homer Hickam
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This was a great book to read I read it with my son and his friends when they were learning about Rockets. The movie October Sky is great also (based on the book). Congratulations on your litsy milestone @BarbaraBB ! #wv #countryroadstakemehome #thinklocalgiveaway

BarbaraBB Thanks for entering. This is a book I still want to read! 💚 2y
Emilymdxn I loved this book! 2y
TheAromaofBooks My grandparents grew up really close to Hickham's area of WV - Grandpa remembers playing his high school's basketball team. Watching October Sky with them was so interesting, to hear what they thought about how the movie compared the reality of their lives in a coal camp. 2y
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Butterfinger The movie is one of my favorites. I own the book, but haven't read it. 2y
Chrissyreadit @TheAromaofBooks that‘s pretty cool! 2y
Chrissyreadit @Butterfinger we read it with 5/6 grade homeschool boys- I would consider it a good read since they all enjoyed it too. 2y
sudi Haven't read the book, but i loved that movie. 2y
Tanisha_A @sudi Same! Fab movie 2y
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Eggs
Rocket Boys | Homer Hickam
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Scochrane26 You used the original title! I have this one & the 2 that go along with it. 3y
Eggs @Scochrane26 🤗👏🏻🤗👌🏼 3y
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Scochrane26
October Sky: A Memoir | Homer H. Hickam
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Day 11 -I don‘t normally put my house on social media, but you all aren‘t weirdos & love this pic of my trees. This was last year when almost all the leaves had turned. This yr, they‘re starting to turn, but with not much rain, they might not be as pretty.
I read the tagged book & its sequels back when it was published as The Rocket Boys. The movie was one of Jake Gyllenhaal‘s first. @Clwojick #scarathlon #chillingphotochallenge #october

Scochrane26 Also fits #screamathonphotochallenge today of autumn leaves. @4thhouseontheleft 3y
overtheedge Love the colors 3y
Clwojick Love those trees!!! 3y
Scochrane26 @overtheedge @Clwojick thanks! I love my trees. I have some tall ones in the backyard, too, but not as pretty. It‘s a pain to rake leaves in the fall, but they shade my house during summer. 3y
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Blaire
October Sky: A Memoir | Homer H. Hickam
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On my tbr for 2019, this is the story of homer hickam, a boy from a small town in West Virginia who dreamed of sending rockets into space. He learned how to turn scrap metal into sophisticated rockets. 🚀 #winterwonderland #aspacemancametraveling

merelybookish I loved this movie! 4y
Tanisha_A @merelybookish Loved this movie too! High-5 4y
Cinfhen Meant to be both an excellent read & film!!! What prompt are u using this for??? 4y
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TrishB Sounds fun 👍🏻 4y
Cathythoughts I love this Christmas poinsettia ... last year ours lasted till April ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 4y
Blaire @Cinfhen @merelybookish @tanisha_a I think I‘m going to use it for the #booked2019 #booktomovie prompt. I usually don‘t plan out my challenge books but reading this one is also part of a personal challenge to read the books I own next year. Ive never seen the movie!! (edited) 4y
Blaire @TrishB it‘s one my husband loves and it takes place not too far from where I live. 4y
Blaire @Cathythoughts thank you! I love the color. I hope ours lasts anywhere near that long! 💕 4y
Cinfhen I‘m trying to use what I own too for challenges but all I WANT is what everyone else is reading🙄 4y
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SailorJohn
Rocket Boys: A Memoir | Homer H. Hickam
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Fun to read. Amazing what Homer and his boys accomplished.

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DivineDiana
Rocket Boys: A Memoir | Homer H. Hickam
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This memoir inspired the movie October Sky. I would watch it every year with my high school students, and it never failed to touch my heart. #rocketbrothers #septemberdanes

Kaye I loved this book. Never saw the movie, and not really interested in it, only because I don‘t watch movies , but the book was a beautiful story. 4y
Laura317 Much of the movie was filmed in East Tennessee. We still drive by the remaining Olga Company sign every day. Loved the movie and the book. 4y
DivineDiana @Kaye It is a beautiful story. If you ever change your mind, the acting in this old fashioned, feel good movie is exceptional! Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern and Chris Cooper. 4y
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DivineDiana @Laura317 So interesting! ❤️ 4y
Kaye Thanks, I‘m sure the movie is good. I bet the setting and background is beautiful, as WV is such a beautiful state. I don‘t know why, but I have just never been much into movies, even as a kid or teen ? I don‘t know 🤷‍♀️. Weird, I guess. There are a few comedies from decades ago that I thought were funny, but other than that, I just can‘t get into them. 4y
Cinfhen I cried big fat ugly tears 😭 😭 😭 soooo good 4y
DivineDiana @Cinfhen I can get teary eyed just thinking about it! 😢 4y
Kalalalatja Another movie I need to watch! 4y
DivineDiana @Kalalalatja It‘s a good one! 🙂 4y
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Amiable
Rocket Boys: A Memoir | Homer H. Hickam
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This might be the best opening paragraph of a book I've read so far this year... sucked me right in!

jillrhudy This book is one of the best Appalachian books ever! 4y
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Amiable
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Words to live by 😍

Wan.der.love So true 🙌🏻 4y
DivineDiana Big Homer Hickam fan! 4y
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Amiable
Rocket Boys: A Memoir | Homer H. Hickam
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My rainy-day-with-a-book-in-bed buddy. 😺😻 #catsoflitsy

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Nichdorsey02
October Sky: A Memoir | Homer H. Hickam
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This is a science fiction book. Covers a great story on the main character and his friends building rockets and wanting to make them better and better in a time where men were supposed to work in the mines after school.
https://www.prestwickhouse.com/samples/302881.pdf #ucfwalterslit

lburgos9 @Nichdorsey02 This was another book I remember reading in elementary school as a class. We then went outside and made rockets like the book. I can understand the rocky relationship the dad had with his son because the dad wanted his son to be something he didn‘t want to be. The movie was also great. #UCFWalterslit (edited) 5y
Racheal.Shi.Horton I remember watching this movie in school. The book is a good way to get students interested into science and more specifically into rockets. 5y
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azulaco
Rocket Boys: A Memoir | Homer H. Hickam
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Even though I personally rate this at three stars, I still recommend it. This book was great as a memoir of growing up in a West Virginia coal town, but I was less interested in the details about the boys‘ rocket experiments. But that‘s just me. The engineering details did keep me awed that these kids figured this all out almost on their own, from rocket design to rocket fuel! Super impressive achievement, and inspiring to read.

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azulaco
Rocket Boys: A Memoir | Homer H. Hickam
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I started this one yesterday for #usareadingroadtrip #WestVirginia. It‘s a memoir of growing up in coal mining country during good times (late 1950s), and getting out. Interesting to read given the current economic despair in coal country, and subsequent Trumpian support.

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CocoReads
October Sky: A Memoir | Homer H. Hickam
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Not a great reading month for me but I enjoyed most of the books I did read.

the_alternate_ending_library I have the Historian on my TBR ❤ 5y
CocoReads It was pretty good. It had a few draggy parts but overall a good read. 5y
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robinb
October Sky: A Memoir | Homer H. Hickam
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1. HALLOWEEN! ❤️
2. No, but do love the coziness of fall and winter.
3. Favorites are Georgian, Regency, Victorian eras, but I'm trying to branch out. 😊 And yes, I'm an Anglophile...from Alabama. 🤣
4. I try to pick up Kindle sales, so I'll say $15-$20.
5. England, Scotland (see #3)
6. Work 😩, family ❤️
7. My TBR pile on my Kindle is huge....probably 100+. 😜 I need to get busy!

Great questions! ❤️

#LitsyQuestions
 @GypsyKat

GypsyKat Great answers! And don't worry, you are not alone in having a huge Kindle TBR! 😄 5y
robinb @GypsyKat thanks! I knew Litsy felt like home for a reason...🙌😍 5y
GypsyKat @robinb Haha! Yes! You have found your people! 😉💗 5y
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Eggs
Rocket Boys | Homer Hickam
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"All one can really leave one's children is what's inside their heads. Education and not earthly possessions, is the ultimate legacy, the only thing that can not be taken away."
Dr Wernher von Braun

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Bookwormjillk
October Sky: A Memoir | Homer H. Hickam
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This book is making me regret getting rid of all my college textbooks. It just makes doing math sound so fun.

Laalaleighh Don't let it fool you. My bf is a rocket scientist. He spends all his time staring at screens and cursing Bc he can't figure out why his program stopped working all of a sudden. So does everyone in his program. 5y
Bookwormjillk @Laalaleighh I definitely don't regret not using my physics degree- just miss the equations I used to spend so much time with! 5y
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Bookwormjillk
October Sky: A Memoir | Homer H. Hickam
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Time for a re-read!

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Moonchild_booknerd89
Rocket Boys: A Memoir | Homer H. Hickam
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The movie I saw first then it made me want to know more I read both books October sky too!! I read this so much in high school:)

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MrBook
Rocket Boys | Homer Hickam
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#TBRtemptation post 3! This is Homer's memoir about life in Coalwood, West Virginia, where the major things in town were coal mining and high school football. Looking back to the 1950s after a distinguished career with NASA, he narrates what it was like to have a group of boys build friendships around their love for space and rocket ships. This memoir was made into a movie, "October Sky", in 1999. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook ?

robinb He lives here in my hometown...nice guy! 5y
RealBooks4ever Great cover! 💜 5y
Laura317 Part of October Sky was filmed in our area. We still have an October Sky Festival each October. 5y
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Mindyrecycles
Rocket Boys | Homer Hickam
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The movie, October Sky, was very good, but omg the book is fantastic. #starsandstripes #jubilantjuly

Laura317 October Sky was fun for us because it filmed nearby. The small town nearest me has October Sky Festival every year. It's one claim to fame. 5y
MayJasper Love your photo 👍 5y
GAustin I feel like I read this. Probably just the movie. 5y
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HaleyNicole0395
October Sky: A Memoir | Homer H. Hickam
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In this incredible page turner, Homer H. Hickman Junior and his friends build rockets that practically touch the sky. This memoir tells the story Coalwood, West Virginia, and the lives that lived there. The Rocket Boys are truly an inspiration to never stop dreaming, and working for what you want in life.

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HaleyNicole0395
October Sky: A Memoir | Homer H. Hickam

Half way done with this book! A review will be out soon! Definitely a page turner.

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Freefallinmissy
Rocket Boys: A Memoir | Homer H. Hickam
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One of my all time favs

kspenmoll Me too! 6y
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Freefallinmissy
Rocket Boys | Homer Hickam
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One of my all time favs !

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Iindseyo
Rocket Boys | Homer Hickam
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First audiobook of 2017! Definitely going to have to rewatch October Sky once I finish it 🚀👨‍🚀 #audiobook

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Briguy73
Rocket Boys | Homer Hickam
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A few blue books from my library.#shadesofblue