Rocket Boys

Rocket Boys

by Homer Hickam
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October Sky 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 224 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
October Sky is definitely one of the best books I have ever read. * I think the real turning point in the book and in Sonny¿s life is the Bump. I would say that Roy Lee is my favorite character because he likes to have a lot of fun and is funny and I can relate to that. I had fun reading this book because it is very funny and is very adventurous. I also thought that the theme of this book can be very inspiring to many people and that¿s sometimes rare and I think that is very unique.
I feel like Homer Hickam was very descriptive in October Sky I felt like I was actually at the launch pad when he rockets took off. Mr. Hickam also had a very wide range of vocabulary of when the rockets took off, like (it vroomed off, it wooshed off, it shot off). *My Favorite Part of the book is at the very end when his dad launches off the last rocket, because it seemed like that¿s all he ever wanted was his dad to see what he can do and when his dad launched that rocket his dad not only saw, but felt how much sonny could do.
Cavin Farris More than 1 year ago
congrats to homer for being able to take you back in time with him, makes you feel like you was part of coalwood
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
October Sky is an incredible book about the story of Sonny Hickam, the son of a coal miner. The story takes place in McDowell County, West Virginia. Coalwood is the small town where coal mining is the main job, and most boys go into the mine at a young age.
Sonny¿s father is the head of the mine, and wants Sonny to follow in his footsteps. Sonny does not wish to go into the mine; however, and feels pretty strongly about his decision. One part in the book where he expresses this is when he talks about his dog falling down the mine shaft, and his father bringing home the dog¿s limp body. This and other parts show the worst of coal mining.
The main plot in this book is about Sonny and his friends attempting to build a rocket after seeing the Russian Sputnik fly over Coalwoood. Once that part occurs, the mood of the book changes. Sonny begins to build rockets, fight with his father, deal with women, and learn to be responsible all at the same time.
Homer Hickam dives deep into his life in this book and reveals thoughs he has accumulated over the years. His writing style is easy to understand and gives description so that you can visually tell what he is writing about. This book is great, and audiences of all ages can enjoy Sonny¿s life in October Sky.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hickam, Jr. keeps coming at you with truth after truth, and its breathtaking to see the development of this teen of whom Hickam writes- himself. I couldn¿t stand nearing the end, the pages growing thinner and thinner, until there was only the cover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like it alot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Homer creates a view of the small coal mining town and it's residents that makes you feel as if you live next door. One of the best books I've read. Should be a must read for teenagers that are trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives, or who they want to be....
vencen_wv More than 1 year ago
Book title and author: October sky Homer Hickem October sky is an ok book its about a small mining town called coal wood .A boy who wasn't very wealthy and didn't have much and one day decided to get all of his friends together and build a rocket. After blowing his moms fence up he started thinking about it and they made some pretty good rockets. Description and summary of main points They got into trouble for shooting one off on company property homers dad told them no more rockets. So they went to a whole new place. I want say so I want ruin it for you. Your final review This is a Farley good book so I encourage every one who reads this to read the book .This seems to be a good book review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a really good movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great movie, great book, great story. October sky is the most inspirational movie and story anyone and anything will ever see or hear.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only watched the movie but i think this book was super awesome! I definetly recomend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book I've ever read.
Bill Hoyt More than 1 year ago
Homer Hickham tells a very inspiring a true story of him overcoming great odds to become a young rocket scientist. It's a fun read.
Shawn_wv More than 1 year ago
By Shawn Salmons This book isn't highly recommended by me and throughout the essay I will explain why. This book is about a young group of boys, who wanted to fire off rockets but as they try as many people that can stop them try to. The more the boys fire the better they become, but when they think everything's going well tragedy strikes and cops show up at their school. When the boys fire off one of their first successful rockets they "burn down a forest." The seven rocket boys have to use their wits to overcome most of the situations they get themselves into. Even when push came to shove they pulled themselves out of the situation. At whatever cost they had to suffer whether it was police or even an injury they overcame it. I do not think the book is worth reading I never really understood why the boys wanted to fire rockets or what even caught their interest. The book may be good for some other people but the book just wasn't for me it wasn't a bad book but in my opinion I just didn't like it. The few parts in the book that were good is when the young boy (Homer Hickam) made a oath to work for his family sake. The young boy was very brave to do so and I respect him for what he did. Every situation of this "October Sky" was a stunning/shocking one but somehow the boys found a way to overcome the bad and embrace the good. No matter the situation the boys did everything and anything they wanted to, for themselves and anyone they wanted to help. The ending of the story was a very shocking ending as well the boys understood everything that was thrown at them. The end was a scholarship for many and a very important lesson in life. The rockets were finally perfected to go state and won a fair prize and won many scholarships for all the "Rocket Boys
DD24 More than 1 year ago
The true story of Homer Hickam Jr.'s rise to being one of the most famous rocket scientists ever is truly an awe inspiring story. The book October Sky takes place in Coalwood, West Virginia and tells the tale of Homer Jr. building and experimenting with rockets. I thought that the book was great because it showed that even the most hopeless dreams can come true. Homer faced many challenges throughout the book and overcame every single one of them to reach his dream. For example, he overcame his father's disapproval of building experimenting with rockets and the scarcity of materials where he could build his rockets. I also like the story because Homer's character is real. He constantly strives to make better rockets so that he can beat the Russians in the space race and because he wants to be just like Dr. Wernher von Braun. Dr. Wernher von Braun is Homer Jr.'s role model and it because of him and other people close to him like Miss Riley and Homer's Mom are what influence him to build rockets. I give the book a "Two Thumbs Up." It left me satisfied and wanting to read more about the life of Homer Hickam Jr. I recommend for all ages and think everyone should read this book in their lifetime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is very descriptive. It is exciting and funning. Sonny is very smart and solves most of his problems. He also stands up for what he believes in even though his dad does not believe in him. His dad must have had a hard time teaching him self calculus, but he is very smart.
*In this story when the kids at the science fair took Homer¿s rocket equipment I thought he would lose. Home had a hard life and worked through it. Homer didn¿t let anyone in his way. It was his dream and he wasn¿t going to give up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
October Sky is a good book it made me get very into the book a little ways through. I liked how sonny gets very interested into rockets and wants to get one flying really far. Spoiler alert! My favorite part of the book is when sonny gets drunk. It¿s very funny but not good.
He lives in coal wood and he loves to build rockets. He builds a lot of rockets and has tried different types of nozzles to see if it is getting better. The book is very interesting. If you¿re the type of reader that likes dramatic happenings and like to read a lot then I would read this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was re-reading this book, but it was never boring! Hickam's ability to create characters that the reader can identify with is outstanding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and very interesting.
KaneH More than 1 year ago
This magnificent book based on Homer Hickam's teen years has it all- coming-of-age tale, a Horatio Alger tale of working your way to success despite seemingly insurmountable odds, It Takes A Village, the rise and fall of a Coal Mining town, the sometimes strained relations of families, and much more. It is a story of the heart and soul of America- at least what we used to be, or thought we were. This is a tale of a boy with a dream of launching rockets, despite being from a rural mining town, deciding on a course of action, taking on the whole world he knew. How he achieved his goals is a study in perseverance and determination, good old-fashioned country grit. And how he was helped by the greater part of a community, overcoming adversity and prejudice and doubt. When all he and his people knew was the mine next door, this youth dreamed of the stars, and achieved his own escape velocity out of that constricted environment. Definitely a must-read. Many life lessons to be learned.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice story Well developed characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good and deep in meaning. Rocket Boys is also very interesting.
maxAM More than 1 year ago
I think if you want to have a good book to read for a while, I'd suggest you read the Rocket Boys book. If a reading teacher was to choose a  book she would probably choose this book because it has really good detail.In this story, Homer Hickam wanted to be a rocket builder but he was color blind which takes away a lot of opportunities, so he decided to become a trainer fro people to go into space.In conclusion, He didn't get to what he wanted to do with his life but got to do the closest thing to it,became an astronaut trainer,He was probably sad when he  heard that he couldn't do what he wanted to do with his life but he went to be a trainer and he was happy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun and insightful look at Homer(Sonny) Hickam's early life.
solvigbirch More than 1 year ago
I'd seen the movie, October Sky,  a few years ago, and decided it was time to give the life story of  Sonny Hickam a look.  I found young Sonny an uncomplicated boy; the youngest of two, a science student vs. a  high school athlete and at the time of the story, a lifelong resident of Coalwood, West Virginia.  This was all he knew.  Then, thanks to a teacher's belief in him, Sonny is driven to build rockets and chase the idea, his friend Quentin's dream of launching - both rockets and his circle of friends into the science fair competition.  This  was the start of his ultimate career pursuit, a way out of a his hometown mining  community and a hard-scrabble life.  Homer's boyhood adventures, his  loyal school friends and teachers, his on-going friction with  his older brother- star football player  and his sometimes sparring partner, Jim.  Homer, Sr. favored the oldest son and misunderstood his youngest.  The descriptions, especially of Jim's before-his-time fashion, and Sonny's lack there-of, made it easy to realize the tensions between the two boys.  Their mother, entrenched in the role of housewife in Coalwood with big dreams of moving to a seaside cottage - handles it all with equal aplumb - real resilience and humor. The ever evolving landscape she painted, was wonderful as it illustrated her yearnings. The portrait of Sonny's father, as hard-headed and hard-working, symbolized the uphill battle of the miner, working to provide for his family.  The turnings, trials and journey of this young man, his family, his town and his triumphs at the story's end, made for a read that caught me by surprise.  I don't know how I feel about rockets, but I do know I cheered for the Rocket Boys and the town they lifted to new heights.