Based On An Incredible TRUE Story!
It was 1957, the year Sputnik raced across the Appalachian sky, and the small
town of Coalwood, West Virginia, was slowly dying. Face with an uncertain future,
Homer Hickam nurtured a dream: to send rockets into outer space. The introspective
son of the mine's superintendent and a mother determined to get him out of Coalwood
forever, Homer fell in with a group of misfits who learned not only how to turn
scraps of metal into sophisticated rockets but how to sustain their hope in
a town that swallowed its men alive. As the boys began to light up the tarry
skies with their flaming projectiles and dreams of glory, Coalwood, and the
Hickams would never be the same. Hardcover originally titled 'Rocket Boys.'
Paperback, 428 pages.