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Since the publication of the #1 best-seller Rocket Boys: A Memoir in 1998 and the premiere of the movie October Sky in 1999, many Homer Hickam readers and fans have wondered how and why he wrote the book, and how the movie was made. Incidental to that are such questions as "What is Jake Gyllenhaal/Chis Cooper/Laura Dern, etc. really like?" and "What's it like to have a mov Since the publication of the #1 best-seller Rocket Boys: A Memoir in 1998 and the premiere of the movie October Sky in 1999, many Homer Hickam readers and fans have wondered how and why he wrote the book, and how the movie was made. Incidental to that are such questions as "What is Jake Gyllenhaal/Chis Cooper/Laura Dern, etc. really like?" and "What's it like to have a movie made about your life?" and "Why are the book and movie different?" and "Why are both book and movie still so popular after all these years?" The answers to those questions and a lot more are in Homer Hickam's new Kindle Single "From Rocket Boys to October Sky." If you think you know the story of the book and the movie, you don't! Hickam says "Writing Rocket Boys wasn't easy. In fact, I got a million dollars of psychotherapy I didn't even know I needed!" The making of October Sky wasn't easy, either. "From Rocket Boys to October Sky" gives lots of behind-the-scenes stories both on-set and off. Before the first frame of film was exposed, Hickam was involved with the writing of the screenplay and his comment when he saw the first draft -"I'm going to have to go up to West Virginia and apologize to everyone in the state!"-gives an idea of how that went. Be with Homer Hickam as he struggles with the complexities of how a major Hollywood motion picture is made, and how he disagreed with aspects of the film even while he admired the dedication and professionalism of the men and women making it. Readers will also be alongside the director, producers, actors, and crew as they create one of the most beloved movies ever. The book has lots of photos taken on the various sets, too!


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Since the publication of the #1 best-seller Rocket Boys: A Memoir in 1998 and the premiere of the movie October Sky in 1999, many Homer Hickam readers and fans have wondered how and why he wrote the book, and how the movie was made. Incidental to that are such questions as "What is Jake Gyllenhaal/Chis Cooper/Laura Dern, etc. really like?" and "What's it like to have a mov Since the publication of the #1 best-seller Rocket Boys: A Memoir in 1998 and the premiere of the movie October Sky in 1999, many Homer Hickam readers and fans have wondered how and why he wrote the book, and how the movie was made. Incidental to that are such questions as "What is Jake Gyllenhaal/Chis Cooper/Laura Dern, etc. really like?" and "What's it like to have a movie made about your life?" and "Why are the book and movie different?" and "Why are both book and movie still so popular after all these years?" The answers to those questions and a lot more are in Homer Hickam's new Kindle Single "From Rocket Boys to October Sky." If you think you know the story of the book and the movie, you don't! Hickam says "Writing Rocket Boys wasn't easy. In fact, I got a million dollars of psychotherapy I didn't even know I needed!" The making of October Sky wasn't easy, either. "From Rocket Boys to October Sky" gives lots of behind-the-scenes stories both on-set and off. Before the first frame of film was exposed, Hickam was involved with the writing of the screenplay and his comment when he saw the first draft -"I'm going to have to go up to West Virginia and apologize to everyone in the state!"-gives an idea of how that went. Be with Homer Hickam as he struggles with the complexities of how a major Hollywood motion picture is made, and how he disagreed with aspects of the film even while he admired the dedication and professionalism of the men and women making it. Readers will also be alongside the director, producers, actors, and crew as they create one of the most beloved movies ever. The book has lots of photos taken on the various sets, too!

30 review for From Rocket Boys to October Sky: How the Classic Memoir Rocket Boys Was Written and the Hit Movie October Sky Was Made

  1. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    I love the behinds the scenes peek at the making of the movie; Rocket Boys is one of those books I read at least once a year (Pride and Prejudice being the other). I have been a fan of Homer Hickam since a teacher showed us "October Sky" (in parts, which he never finished, so I went out and bought my own copy) back around 2000 or 2001. I can only imagine the struggle of having something you've written torn apart by editors and again to be written into a script. In fact, "Paco" is what made me bu I love the behinds the scenes peek at the making of the movie; Rocket Boys is one of those books I read at least once a year (Pride and Prejudice being the other). I have been a fan of Homer Hickam since a teacher showed us "October Sky" (in parts, which he never finished, so I went out and bought my own copy) back around 2000 or 2001. I can only imagine the struggle of having something you've written torn apart by editors and again to be written into a script. In fact, "Paco" is what made me buy a kindle and go to the "dark side" so I could read his books! This particular one was riveting, as it was about him, not who he was before. I look forward to reading more of his books in the future. As much as I absolutely loved this, it left me with more questions I wanted answered.

  2. 5 out of 5

    J

    Perfect afterword Good follow up to a book and movie I loved. Also got me interested in other titles by the same author

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brad

    Rocket Boys / October Sky has been a favorite of mine for years. I’ve read the book at least a dozen times and I never tire of watching the movie. This Kindle Single is a fast read with a ton of revealed secrets as to how the book became the movie. Hickam is refreshingly honest throughout the single even when talking about HIS movie. After visiting Coalwood, WV more than once, now I want to visit The tiny town of Petros, TN to see where the movie was filmed.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kasey Jarvis

    Sonny(homer) was a quite kid in a small town called coal vile. The pines were tall and the grass stained in coal dust. The kids there were tough and small minded great for the mine. Sonny was different being the second child trying to live up to his muscular good looking brother was hard to do especially since his life was all figured out. The family dynamic was a power struggle the parent fought constantly but the father was the one of the top men of the mine and was always gone so the mother r Sonny(homer) was a quite kid in a small town called coal vile. The pines were tall and the grass stained in coal dust. The kids there were tough and small minded great for the mine. Sonny was different being the second child trying to live up to his muscular good looking brother was hard to do especially since his life was all figured out. The family dynamic was a power struggle the parent fought constantly but the father was the one of the top men of the mine and was always gone so the mother raised the kids on her own. They disagreed on so much, depending on the day it would be about church on the food, to the football game. School for sunny was alright he was making it by but that’s where he found Quintin the first brains of the operation till sonny taught himself high school trig. He was never good at sports like his brother and that’s the only way out of coal wood. His mom thought he was going to have to live and breathe the mine just like his father. Right when the rushing launched their first satellite everyone went outside to see it. It was the first thing to see move in space besides shooting stars, sonny was in awe and started his rocketry and stated getting kids to join up and they became the rocket boys and if you switch the letters its October sky. For me this book helps me feel like I can accomplish anything and do what I truly want to do. I feel bad for sonny because of his dad and the way they they communicate. I love the shuttle love he gets from him mom and his query way of doing thing and talking to girls. The town feel like it would be park city back in the old days when they had no real roads going into the town and nothing close enough to visit or run off to. So you had to either do a commodity like food or clothing or the mine. The way the boys approached the way of making rockets is better than most kids their age. The did it like engenders and didn’t shotgun (make early conclusion) they tested teach peach bit by bit till the discovered rocket candy cut it smells solo good. That is the wonderful book of October sky.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Svetlana Stepanova

    This October I was given this class assignment to read "October Sky". At first, I had my doubts about the book and found it very boring and dreadful in the beginning, but I continued and read the whole book with ease. If you pick up this book on the bookshelves, I recommend you don't give up on it. Read it till the end and you will very much enjoy the novel. As I found this novel very motivational and inspirational. This book shows the journey of a young boy named Homer Hickam Jr., nicknamed as This October I was given this class assignment to read "October Sky". At first, I had my doubts about the book and found it very boring and dreadful in the beginning, but I continued and read the whole book with ease. If you pick up this book on the bookshelves, I recommend you don't give up on it. Read it till the end and you will very much enjoy the novel. As I found this novel very motivational and inspirational. This book shows the journey of a young boy named Homer Hickam Jr., nicknamed as Sonny, who has a strong passion the rockets. He has always lived in the shadow of his older brother, Jim Hickam. Jim is a star football player and as the reader, it is well-relieved that their dad, Homer Hickam Sr., favors Jim and that Sonny is perceived as the underdog. When you finish the book, you can see why I describe Sonny. The book takes place in the 1950s in Coalwood, West Virginia. Homer Hickam Sr. is very dedicated to his job as a Coal miner and sometimes that might get in the way. Sonny has a passion for rockets and he and his friends start a club, the BCMA. They create rockets and in the beginning, the community doesn't believe in him and as the story goes on, you'll realize that hard work does pay off. When you read the book, you might feel the say way or you won't, but I do recommend this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Camitran

    Homer Hickam Jr.'s life experience of "October Sky" is simply a miracle; starting from the bottom, and relentlessly climbing to very top. Hickam Jr.'s life and desire is the why I was hooked. Because it is written at the author's point of view, you can visualize Hickam Jr.'s life: the struggling obstacles, the moments of success, and most importantly, the vital spirit possessed by those 'Rocket Boys'. You can practically feel it, like if you were there. The story is strongly inspirational; almos Homer Hickam Jr.'s life experience of "October Sky" is simply a miracle; starting from the bottom, and relentlessly climbing to very top. Hickam Jr.'s life and desire is the why I was hooked. Because it is written at the author's point of view, you can visualize Hickam Jr.'s life: the struggling obstacles, the moments of success, and most importantly, the vital spirit possessed by those 'Rocket Boys'. You can practically feel it, like if you were there. The story is strongly inspirational; almost seemingly scripted. "October Sky" stresses the important value of perseverance to the audience. The outcome of persevering: a successful life with fulfilling joy. For example, Homer Hickam Jr (himself) went on to work for NASA, even with his idol's co-workers. Anything can be achieved with the heart of never giving up.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mila

    The start of this book is frankly boring. The first half is really hard to get into. This book is about a boy who has his mind set on building a rocket. One of the things I actully enjoyed about this book is that it inspriational in a way that there was so many people telling him that he was not going to be able to build it but he proved them wring. If you enjoy science you would love this book this book covers how he build that rocket such as what he did for fuel and more. At the start of the b The start of this book is frankly boring. The first half is really hard to get into. This book is about a boy who has his mind set on building a rocket. One of the things I actully enjoyed about this book is that it inspriational in a way that there was so many people telling him that he was not going to be able to build it but he proved them wring. If you enjoy science you would love this book this book covers how he build that rocket such as what he did for fuel and more. At the start of the book his dad didn't support him because he thought it was a silly idea and when he is older he should work in the mine but toward the end his dad started helping him. However on another note his mom supported him throughout the process because she wanted him to do something big to the family out of the coal mining town. These boys had lots of preseverance.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Armen Jamgotchian

    In the 1950s a small mining town called Coalwood in the middle of West Virginia, a young boy named Homer Hickam saw the sputnik launched into the air and immediately fell in love with rockets. This book captures it all. The excitement of achieving new heights with the rockets but the sadness of heartbreak really takes you on an emotional journey. The difficulties of getting the equipment really show you everything these kids went through just to achieve their goal. Their goal of making rockets t In the 1950s a small mining town called Coalwood in the middle of West Virginia, a young boy named Homer Hickam saw the sputnik launched into the air and immediately fell in love with rockets. This book captures it all. The excitement of achieving new heights with the rockets but the sadness of heartbreak really takes you on an emotional journey. The difficulties of getting the equipment really show you everything these kids went through just to achieve their goal. Their goal of making rockets that really flew. After lots of trial and error, they soon made rockets that flew very high and brought the entire community together. Which really warms your heart. Overall I thought this was a great book it had everything you could want, love, heartbreak, hate, and some punches thrown here and there. It really was a well-balanced book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Miraflor

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The book was great. It was about Homer Hickam who was interested in space exploration and space in general. Homer wanted to go to the moon when he grows up, but his dad is not letting him. He wanted Homer to work in the mine and mine coal with him. Homer refuses. Homer and his friends built a rocket for the science fair, there were many attempts, mostly all of the rockets blew up, after many attempts, they finally built the perfect one, which broke the mile barrier. After winning the science fai The book was great. It was about Homer Hickam who was interested in space exploration and space in general. Homer wanted to go to the moon when he grows up, but his dad is not letting him. He wanted Homer to work in the mine and mine coal with him. Homer refuses. Homer and his friends built a rocket for the science fair, there were many attempts, mostly all of the rockets blew up, after many attempts, they finally built the perfect one, which broke the mile barrier. After winning the science fair. The rocket boys got into the National Science fair and won. Homer's dad was finally supportive of Homer's work. I thought this book was boring when my teacher made us read this, but I got hooked into it and loved it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This was a great coming of age memoir. As a female I totally enjoyed reading this book. I was intrigued to be inside the thoughts of an adolescent boy. The great dedication to the group "the rocket boys" is fascinating in the way it gave me hope. It is a great book on many relationship levels. Mother and son, brother and brother, friends and friend, father and son, teacher and boy, hero and boy, spiritual and boy, girl and boy, dreams and boy, parents and boy, and adult and author. I loved this This was a great coming of age memoir. As a female I totally enjoyed reading this book. I was intrigued to be inside the thoughts of an adolescent boy. The great dedication to the group "the rocket boys" is fascinating in the way it gave me hope. It is a great book on many relationship levels. Mother and son, brother and brother, friends and friend, father and son, teacher and boy, hero and boy, spiritual and boy, girl and boy, dreams and boy, parents and boy, and adult and author. I loved this book, history and a boy. I was just so surprised by it and I realize why it was selected for an "all Iowa reads book" 1957 Sputnik, small town, West Virginia, coal mining,rocket building and so satisfying.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aidan

    October Sky was a very thoughtful book that can teach you to follow what you want to do and if you keep on persuing what you like you will go somewhere. This book has many up and down moments which fill you with emotions as when they start making the rockets and no one thinks they'll go anywhere and no one believed in them until later on. With this you can realize that at the start if you try hard enough you will get something out of it and that's what they did. When they failed they would find October Sky was a very thoughtful book that can teach you to follow what you want to do and if you keep on persuing what you like you will go somewhere. This book has many up and down moments which fill you with emotions as when they start making the rockets and no one thinks they'll go anywhere and no one believed in them until later on. With this you can realize that at the start if you try hard enough you will get something out of it and that's what they did. When they failed they would find out what was wrong and when they succeeded they wanted to make it better, ALWAYS. This made anyone reading it want them to keep on going and succeed and prove everyone wrong. This book is a great book for pretty much anyone to read and I recommend it to everyone

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ava Mathieson

    October sky by Homer Hickman is an story that looks into a small coal town. Sonny is the head coal minnings kid, most kids in this town follow the footsteps in becoming part of the coal mine. Sonny does not want to becoming a coal minner; so sonny decides to build rockets. Sonny gathers the top engineers and his smartest friends at their high school to help him build robots. Sonny and his friends continue to build rockets, and slowly get there whole town behind them. They end up getting into the October sky by Homer Hickman is an story that looks into a small coal town. Sonny is the head coal minnings kid, most kids in this town follow the footsteps in becoming part of the coal mine. Sonny does not want to becoming a coal minner; so sonny decides to build rockets. Sonny gathers the top engineers and his smartest friends at their high school to help him build robots. Sonny and his friends continue to build rockets, and slowly get there whole town behind them. They end up getting into the national science fair. Overall I would only recommend this book to somebody who can continue on with a story even if its rough at first, but if you don't like science or anything involving rockets then I would not recommend this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    October Sky is a great book that brings together, science, friendship, love, family, and the hardships of being a teenager. They story is set in a coal mining town called Coalwood. Almost every man works in the mine. Sonny (the main character) isn't interested in following in his fathers footsteps and working in the mine, and neither is his mother. When current events inspired Sonny to build rockets his friends and his mother helped him pursue his passion. This book has great themes about never October Sky is a great book that brings together, science, friendship, love, family, and the hardships of being a teenager. They story is set in a coal mining town called Coalwood. Almost every man works in the mine. Sonny (the main character) isn't interested in following in his fathers footsteps and working in the mine, and neither is his mother. When current events inspired Sonny to build rockets his friends and his mother helped him pursue his passion. This book has great themes about never giving up and always trying your hardest. It reminds you that you don't have to be what you are told, you should be something that you love and that you enjoy. Overall, October Sky is a touching, inspiring story that also happens to be a true.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    'October Sky' or 'Rocket Boys' has an interesting aspect between science and achieving your goals. In my opinion, the first few chapters were not very appealing to me, but as I read on, the book got a little more interesting (than the first few chapters). I got bored in the beginning and the story-line was very simple. I liked the fact that the book was a true story, true stories interest me. Although I liked the message/meaning of the book, it was not my favorite book and I did not enjoy it as 'October Sky' or 'Rocket Boys' has an interesting aspect between science and achieving your goals. In my opinion, the first few chapters were not very appealing to me, but as I read on, the book got a little more interesting (than the first few chapters). I got bored in the beginning and the story-line was very simple. I liked the fact that the book was a true story, true stories interest me. Although I liked the message/meaning of the book, it was not my favorite book and I did not enjoy it as much as other books. I would only recommend this book to people who like rocket science and/or the fundamentals/process of rocket making.

  15. 5 out of 5

    EmmaSpivik

    This book told the story of these amazing boys who started from nothing in a small coal town in west Virginia, studying hard and starting to learn about rockets. They knew nothing about them but they used science on their side and started building rockets! While being teens they just wanted to go for it and do something in the world, to be someone so your not stuck in the same town forever. They did make it though, they all left and became successful and worked really hard towards their goals. T This book told the story of these amazing boys who started from nothing in a small coal town in west Virginia, studying hard and starting to learn about rockets. They knew nothing about them but they used science on their side and started building rockets! While being teens they just wanted to go for it and do something in the world, to be someone so your not stuck in the same town forever. They did make it though, they all left and became successful and worked really hard towards their goals. They even won first place in a science fair against many other kids and their rockets launched too miles high.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paige Huber

    Which started from a kid who played with his friends messing around while his father mined to a boy with rockets this is October sky. October sky is about a kid who has one future and for most people on his town, and that is to become a local coal miner. But things then take a turn for the better in october 1957 when the first satellite goes into orbit. After that occurred he was inspired to make rockets and so he did. It comes to show that you should follow your dreams and take risks to be able Which started from a kid who played with his friends messing around while his father mined to a boy with rockets this is October sky. October sky is about a kid who has one future and for most people on his town, and that is to become a local coal miner. But things then take a turn for the better in october 1957 when the first satellite goes into orbit. After that occurred he was inspired to make rockets and so he did. It comes to show that you should follow your dreams and take risks to be able to get were you want to to achieve them.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michele Pfrogner

    I am very confused by a number of the other reviews. This is not the memoir Rocket Boys; some of those other reviews sound like they were written by students forced to read that memoir in school. This specific title goes behind the scenes of the making of the movie that was based on the "book," although it wasn't published before movie planning began. As a teacher (now retired) who taught this book for a number of years, I really enjoyed learning some of the background of the making of the movie I am very confused by a number of the other reviews. This is not the memoir Rocket Boys; some of those other reviews sound like they were written by students forced to read that memoir in school. This specific title goes behind the scenes of the making of the movie that was based on the "book," although it wasn't published before movie planning began. As a teacher (now retired) who taught this book for a number of years, I really enjoyed learning some of the background of the making of the movie. I just wanted even more anecdotes from Hickam's experience on set and as a consultant.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Locher

    I absolutely loved this book!!!! I was required to read it as a class assignment, but when I started reading I was immediately pulled in. The characters were humorous and relatable and the story was fantastic. It really added to the story that it was all a true story. I definitely liked the relationships of different characters and have character grew and changed over the course of the story and the ending was very satisfying. All of this is why I gave this book 5/5 stars.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bella

    October sky was a one of my favorite books! Although it is boring in the beginning it gets much better. This book is very inspirational to anyone that has a goal that seems impossible to achieve. I especially recommend it to teens and young adults! It is about a boy named sunny who's goal is to build a rocket to beat the russian one! He lives in a terrible coal mining town and has to work very hard to accomplish his goal. October sky was a one of my favorite books! Although it is boring in the beginning it gets much better. This book is very inspirational to anyone that has a goal that seems impossible to achieve. I especially recommend it to teens and young adults! It is about a boy named sunny who's goal is to build a rocket to beat the russian one! He lives in a terrible coal mining town and has to work very hard to accomplish his goal.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emi

    I did not enjoy this book. The way the novel was written was very confusing and not enjoyable to read. There was very little action until more than half way through the novel. I felt that the pace things happened in the book was very slow. In the movie, rocket launches happened frequently and abruptly while in the book they were very spread apart and slow. Although I did not like this novel what the characters accomplished while building their rockets was inspirational. The most inspiration part I did not enjoy this book. The way the novel was written was very confusing and not enjoyable to read. There was very little action until more than half way through the novel. I felt that the pace things happened in the book was very slow. In the movie, rocket launches happened frequently and abruptly while in the book they were very spread apart and slow. Although I did not like this novel what the characters accomplished while building their rockets was inspirational. The most inspiration part of the novel was when it said, "No. Coal mining may be your life, but it's not mine. I'm never going down there again. I wanna go into space." In this part of the novel, the main character, Homer takes control of his life and becomes his own person. Overall, I did not like this book however, it inspired me to be my own person and live my life how I want.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Colten

    A fantastic read that I would recommend to any and all, especially those who are looking for a fun coming-of-age story! It's a quick read and leaves you feeling full and bubbly with a happiness only a well-written memoir could. I was given this book as a gift and will continue to gift it to those I know are in need of a heart-felt story just like I was. :) A fantastic read that I would recommend to any and all, especially those who are looking for a fun coming-of-age story! It's a quick read and leaves you feeling full and bubbly with a happiness only a well-written memoir could. I was given this book as a gift and will continue to gift it to those I know are in need of a heart-felt story just like I was. :)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jolynn Becker

    To the stars! Homer did not disappoint in this "behind the scenes" view of the making of the movie, "October Sky". I grew up watching the launches from Cape Canaveral on the television, screaming, "Go, go go" as the monster rockets roared away from Earth. It's sad that youngsters today don't get that thrill today. Homer's books give them the chance to imagine. To the stars! Homer did not disappoint in this "behind the scenes" view of the making of the movie, "October Sky". I grew up watching the launches from Cape Canaveral on the television, screaming, "Go, go go" as the monster rockets roared away from Earth. It's sad that youngsters today don't get that thrill today. Homer's books give them the chance to imagine.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sara Spooner

    I was not a fan of this book. I do not like realistic fiction and this book is that. I had to read this book for school and other than that I would not have finished this book. It is about rockets which at the same time I was reading this book in another class I was building and launching rockets. I was so tired of the rockets that I ended up hating that class and this book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dylan Browning

    This book is the literal depiction of food for thought. While giving an entertaining story you also learn about fascinating rocket science. As a young person, I enjoy reading about others my age and this book brings me that joy. It really is inspiring to know that people my age be brilliant and that i can be that way to. would recommend.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dustin Marquart

    The novel October Sky is a fantastic read. The wonderful mixture of drama, romance, comedy, brotherhood, and science is incredible. To think that all of this really happened is amazing. Homer Hickam Jr did a fantastic job retelling his story. This book, sorry I mean story, just engulfs you and doesn't let you go. Normally I would be bored with the add in of science and calculations in a story. But the way that Homer told it was fascinating. Then the way that he was able to build up anticipation The novel October Sky is a fantastic read. The wonderful mixture of drama, romance, comedy, brotherhood, and science is incredible. To think that all of this really happened is amazing. Homer Hickam Jr did a fantastic job retelling his story. This book, sorry I mean story, just engulfs you and doesn't let you go. Normally I would be bored with the add in of science and calculations in a story. But the way that Homer told it was fascinating. Then the way that he was able to build up anticipation on whether the rockets were really going to work or not was superb. All the drama going on between him and his dad, and him and his mom, and his dad and his mom just really took you in and wouldn't let you escape. But the best is the bonding and love and friendship that he details ever so closely in the story is what really blew me away. Homer Hickam Jr sure can build a rocket, and he sure can tell a good story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bella

    I personally did not like this book. I was very bored and confused in the beginning. I don't care for science books. This book included too much science and math. This book was unpredictable, just overall I did not enjoy it. I personally did not like this book. I was very bored and confused in the beginning. I don't care for science books. This book included too much science and math. This book was unpredictable, just overall I did not enjoy it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sam Burton

    This book was amazing, loved it. I get why some people don't like it, rocket science isn't for everyone. I also understand that the book starts out really slow, but gets really good the farther you get in. To avoid spoilers I won't tell that much, but I do advise if you like science even casually, this isn't a book you'll want to miss. This book was amazing, loved it. I get why some people don't like it, rocket science isn't for everyone. I also understand that the book starts out really slow, but gets really good the farther you get in. To avoid spoilers I won't tell that much, but I do advise if you like science even casually, this isn't a book you'll want to miss.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cam

    the book rocket boys was about a group of people who wanted to build rockets. the main charcter, Homer was disliked by his father because his father really encouraged him to work in the mines like him instead of following his dreams which were to be like Van Braun. As the story progress he starts to build rokets with some of his friends to pursue his dream of becoming a rocket scienctist.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Avelardo Gaytan

    This book was excellent.I love the story dealing with the Space Age.I saw the play last year(2016)at The Old Globe Theater in San Diego.It was one of the best plays I've seen. This book was excellent.I love the story dealing with the Space Age.I saw the play last year(2016)at The Old Globe Theater in San Diego.It was one of the best plays I've seen.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Fredrick Campbell

    Great read, couldn't stop reading it. I can relate to Homer, and connect to the book easily. I would recommend it to everyone I know who reads. Great read, couldn't stop reading it. I can relate to Homer, and connect to the book easily. I would recommend it to everyone I know who reads.

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