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Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam - Hardcover - First Edition - Later Printing - 1998 - from Armadillo Alley Books (SKU: 3610)

Rocket Boys

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Rocket Boys

by Homer Hickam

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  • hardcover
  • Signed
Condition
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ISBN 10
038533320X
ISBN 13
9780385333207
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New York: Delacorte Press, 1998. SIGNED. Purchased New. NF/F. 1st/1st. Twenty-second printing with number line ending with 22. Signed "Aim High! Homer Hickam" on the title page. The unread book is tight and square with solid hinges and binding and good tips. Light crease to top back board near the corner and tiny smudge to front cover. The textblock is clean with no writing, bookplate, or markings and not BCE, ex-library, or remaindered. Black and white photos. The dust jacket is unclipped ($28.00) and Fine. Protected in a new Brodart Mylar cover. 368 pages. 5½ x 8½" tall.

Looking back after a distinguished NASA career, Homer "Sonny" Hickam Jr.'s shares the story of his youth and an extraordinary memoir of life in Coalwood, West Virginia - a hard-scrabble little mining company town where the only things that mattered were coal mining and high school football and where the future was regarded with more fear than hope.

In 1957 a young man watched the Soviet satellite Sputnik shoot across the Appalachian sky and soon found his future in the stars. 'Sonny' and a handful of his friends, Roy Lee Cook, Sherman O'Dell, and Quentin Wilson were inspired to start designing and launching the homemade rockets that would change their lives forever.

Step by step, with the help (and occasional hindrance) of a collection of unforgettable characters, the boys learn not only how to turn scrap into sophisticated rockets that fly miles into the sky, but how to sustain their dreams as they dared to imagine a life beyond its borders in a town that the postwar boom was passing by.

Synopsis

Rocket Boys (also known as October Sky) is the first memoir in a series of three, by Homer Hickam, Jr. It is a story of growing up in a mining town, and a boy's pursuit of amateur rocketry in a pure company mining town. It won the W.D. Weatherford Award in 1998, the year of its release. Today, it is one of the most often picked community/library reads in the United States. It is also studied in many school systems around the world.

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book dealer
Armadillo Alley Books US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
3610
Title
Rocket Boys
Author
Homer Hickam
Format/binding
Cloth
Book condition
second hand - Near Fine
Jacket condition
Fine
Quantity available
1
Edition
First Edition - Later Printing
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
038533320X
ISBN 13
9780385333207
Publisher
Delacorte Press
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1998
Pages
368
Size
5.25 x 8.5
Keywords
space, science, west virginia, coalwood, october sky
Bookseller catalogs
Signed Books;
Size
5.25 x 8.5

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