Rocket Boys

Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to lead a book discussion with eighth graders. The discussion, held at the River Park Branch Library, was on a book entitled Rocket Boys by Homer H. Hickman, Jr.. It is also the book that inspired the film October Sky. The book was the second annual One Book, One Michiana program sponsored by the St. Joseph County Public Library. The book is a memoir by Homer H. Hickman, Jr., which took place in the late 1950's in Coalwood, West Virginia. After Hickman sees the Sputnik fly over the sky in his backyard within a coal-miner's town, he decides he wants to build a rocket. It's a great read. I flew through the book to make sure I had it finished by the time the book discussion started, but I want to go back and leisurely peruse the book to catch the details I may have missed the first time. I highly recommend this book.

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