Rocket Boys

Rocket Boys
Author: Homer H. Hickam
Pages: 384
ISBN: 0008166080
Available:
Release: 2015-11-19
Editor: Fourth Estate
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the moment 'Sonny' Hickam watches a satellite pass overhead, he and his friends are determined that they will build a rocket. This is the true story of the boys' adventures from the moment their first rocket destroys a fence.

Rocket Boys

Rocket Boys
Author: Homer H. Jr Hickam,Homer H. Hickam
Pages: 512
ISBN: 1299269451
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Release: 1998
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir that inspired the film October Sky, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir--a powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the dawn of the 1960s, of a mother's love and a father's fears, of a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space ... and who made those dreams come true. With the grace of a natural storyteller, NASA engineer Homer Hickam paints a warm, vivid portrait of the harsh West Virginia mining town of his youth, evoking a time of innocence and promise, when anything was possible, even in a company town that swallowed its men alive. A story of romance and loss, of growing up and getting out, Homer Hickam's lush, lyrical memoir is a chronicle of triumph--at once exquisitely written and marvelously entertaining. One of the most beloved bestsellers in recent years, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir. A powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the ...

Rocket Boys

Rocket Boys
Author: Homer H. Hickam
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780385333214
Available:
Release: 2000
Editor: Random House Digital, Inc.
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

The author traces the boyhood enthusiasm for rockets that eventually led to a career at NASA, describing how he built model rockets in the family garage in West Virginia, inspired by the launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik. Reprint.

From Rocket Boys to October Sky

From Rocket Boys to October Sky
Author: Homer H. Hickam
Pages: 110
ISBN: 1492746592
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Release: 2013-09-20
Editor: CreateSpace
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Be with 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 Hickam as he writes the book and with the director, producers, actors and crew as they create one of the most beloved movies ever "-- provided by publisher.

October Sky

October Sky
Author: Homer H. Hickam
Pages: 368
ISBN: 185702995X
Available:
Release: 1999-10
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Three years in the life of Homer 'Sonny' Hickam, from the moment he sees the Sputnik satellite overhead in West Virginia to his successful launch of a prizewinning rocket. A nostalgic and lyrical memoir of growing up in rural West Virginia in the 1950s and one boy's dream to rival the Russians in the race for space. In 1957 in Coalwood, West Virginia, a town dominated by the black steel towers of the mine and the coal waggons, for a fourteen year old boy there are two routes in life: a football scholarship to college or a life underground. Sonny Hickam, the mine superintendent's younger son, is too small for the football team. But his destiny is altered when the town turns out to watch the Soviet Sputnik satellite pass overhead. From that moment, Homer Hickam and his friends determine that they will form the Big Creek Missle Agency and build an American rocket. This is the true story of the boys' adventures from the moment their first rocket, Auk 1, destroys the garden fence and the lovingly tended roses. Supported only by a tolerant mother and a father who turns a literally blind eye, Sonny gradually entrances the entire town to support his enterprise, which eventually is entere

Sky of Stone

Sky of Stone
Author: Homer Hickam
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780440334477
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Release: 2002-10-29
Editor: Dell
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Homer Hickam won the praise of critics and the devotion of readers with his first two memoirs set in the hardscrabble mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia. The New York Times crowned his first book, the #1 national bestseller October Sky, “an eloquent evocation ... a thoroughly charming memoir.” And People called The Coalwood Way, Hickam’s follow-up to October Sky, “a heartwarmer ... truly beautiful and haunting.” Now Homer Hickam continues his extraordinary story with Sky of Stone, dazzling us with exquisite storytelling as he takes us back to that remarkable small town we first came to know and love in October Sky. In the summer of ‘61, Homer “Sonny” Hickam, a year of college behind him, was dreaming of sandy beaches and rocket ships. But before Sonny could reach the seaside fixer-upper where his mother was spending the summer, a telephone call sends him back to the place he thought he had escaped, the gritty coal-mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia. There, Sonny’s father, the mine’s superintendent, has been accused of negligence in a man’s death — and the townspeople are in conflict over the future of the town. Sonny’s mother, Elsie, has commanded her son to spend the summer in Coalwood to support his father. But within hours, Sonny realizes two things: His father, always cool and distant with his second son, doesn’t want him there ... and his parents’ marriage has begun to unravel. For Sonny, so begins a summer of discovery — of love, betrayal, and most of all, of a brooding mystery that threatens to destroy his father and his town. Cut off from his college funds by his father, Sonny finds himself doing the unimaginable: taking a job as a “track-laying man,” the toughest in the mine. Moving out to live among the miners, Sonny is soon dazzled by a beautiful older woman who wants to be the mine’s first female engineer. And as the days of summer grow shorter, Sonny finds himself changing in surprising ways, taking the first real steps toward adulthood. But it’s a journey he can make only by peering into the mysterious heart of Coalwood itself, and most of all, by unraveling the story of a man’s death and a father’s secret. In Sky of Stone, Homer Hickam looks down the corridors of his past with love, humor, and forgiveness, brilliantly evoking a close-knit community where everyone knows everything about each other’s lives — except the things that matter most. Sky of Stone is a memoir that reads like a novel, mesmerizing us with rich language, narrative drive, and sheer storytelling genius.

October Sky

October Sky
Author: Homer H. Hickam
Pages: 428
ISBN: UOM:39015047458339
Available:
Release: 1999
Editor: Dell Publishing Company
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

The author traces the boyhood enthusiasm for rockets that eventually led to a career at NASA, describing how he built model rockets in the family garage in West Virginia, inspired by the launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik. Originally published as Rocket Boys. Reissue.

Torpedo Junction

Torpedo Junction
Author: Homer Hickam Jr.
Pages: 392
ISBN: 9781612515786
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Release: 2014-01-15
Editor: Naval Institute Press
Language: en

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Out of Istanbul

Out of Istanbul
Author: Bernard Ollivier
Pages: 312
ISBN: 9781510743762
Available:
Release: 2019-06-18
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Acclaimed journalist Bernard Ollivier begins his epic journey on foot across the Silk Road. Upon retirement at the age of sixty-two, and grieving his deceased wife, renowned journalist Bernard Ollivier felt a sense of profound emptiness: What do I do now? While some see retirement as a chance to cash in their chips and settle into a comfy armchair, Ollivier still longed for more. Searching for inspiration, he strapped on his gear, donned his hat, and headed out the front door to hike the Way of St. James, a 1400-mile journey from Paris to Compostela, Spain. At the end of that road, with more questions than answers, he decided to spend the next few years hiking another of history’s great routes: the Silk Road. Out of Istanbul is Ollivier’s stunning account of the first part of that 7,200-mile journey. The longest and perhaps most mythical trade route of all time, the Silk Road is in fact a network of routes across Europe and Asia, some going back to prehistoric times. During the Middle Ages, the transcribed travelogue of one Silk Road explorer, Marco Polo, helped spread the fame of the Orient throughout Europe. Heading east out of Istanbul, Ollivier takes readers step by step across Anatolia and Kurdistan, bound for Tehran. Along the way, we meet a colorful array of real-life characters: Selim, the philosophical woodsman; old Behçet, elated to practice English after years of self-study; Krishna, manager of the Lora Pansiyon in Polonez, a village of Polish immigrants; the hospitable Kurdish women of Dogutepe, and many more. We accompany Ollivier as he explores bazaars, mosques, and caravansaries—true vestiges of the Silk Road itself—and through these encounters and experiences, gains insight into the complex political and social issues facing modern-day Turkey. Ollivier’s journey, far from bragging about some tremendous achievement, humbly takes the reader on a colossal adventure of human proportions, one in which walking itself, through a kind of alchemy, fosters friendships and fellowship.

The Ambassador s Son

The Ambassador s Son
Author: Homer Hickam
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781429905435
Available:
Release: 2007-04-01
Editor: Macmillan
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

It's 1943 and the Americans and Japanese are fighting a deadly war in the hot, jungle-covered volcanic islands of the South Pacific. The outcome is in doubt and a terrible blow has fallen on American morale. Lieutenant David Armistead, a Marine Corps hero and cousin of the President of the United States, is missing and some say he's gone over to the enemy. Coast Guard Captain Josh Thurlow and his ragtag crew are given the assignment to find Armistead, though not necessarily to bring him back alive. Recruited in the hunt is a tormented and frail PT-boat skipper nicknamed "Shafty" who is also known by another name: John F. Kennedy. When Josh is stranded in the jungles of New Georgia with a mysterious, sensual woman who has a tendency to chop off men's heads, it's up to Kennedy to come to the rescue and complete the mission. But to procure a gunboat, he first has to play high-stakes poker with a young naval supply officer called Nick who happens to be the best gambler in the South Pacific. Nick has another name, too: Richard M. Nixon. Based solidly on historical fact with echoes of James Michener, The Ambassador's Son is a thrilling tale of the South Pacific and adventure fiction at its finest.

Crater

Crater
Author: Homer Hickam
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781401686208
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Release: 2012-12-31
Editor: Thomas Nelson
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A MINING COLONY ON THE MOON. A DEADLY MISSION. AND A SECRET BIGGER THAN TWO WORLDS. It’s the 22nd Century. A tough, pioneering people mine the moon for Helium-3 to produce energy for a desperate, war-torn Earth. Sixteen-year-old Crater Trueblood loves his job as a Helium-3 miner. But when he saves a fellow miner, his life changes forever. Impressed by his heroism, the owner of the mine orders Crater to undertake a dangerous mission. Crater doubts himself, but has no choice. He must go. With the help of Maria, the mine owner’s frustrating but gorgeous granddaughter, and his gillie—a sentient and sometimes insubordinate clump of slime mold cells—Crater must fight both human and subhuman enemies. He’ll battle his way across a thousand miles of deadly lunar terrain and face genetically altered super warriors in his quest to recover an astonishing object that will alter the lives of everyone on the moon. “Long-haul trucking on the Moon . . . with raiders, romance and a secret mission . . . High adventure on the space frontier.” —Kirkus Reviews

Rocket Boys

Rocket Boys
Author: Homer H. Hickam, Jr.
Pages: 368
ISBN: 1841150150
Available:
Release: 1998
Editor: HarperCollins UK
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

An extraordinary memoir of Homer Sonny Hickam's life. The introspective second son of the mine's superintendent and a mother determined to push her son to a better life, Sonny fell in with a group of misfits. But in 1957, after watching the Soviet satellite Sputnik streak across the sky, Sonny and his buddies took their future into their own hands.

The Keeper s Son

The Keeper s Son
Author: Homer Hickam
Pages: 352
ISBN: 1429905441
Available:
Release: 2007-04-01
Editor: Macmillan
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In 1941, Killakeet Island of the wind-swept Outer Banks of North Carolina is home to a tiny, peaceful population of fishermen, clam stompers, oyster rakers, and a few lonely sailors of the Coast Guard. Dominating the glorious, raw beauty of the little island is the majestic Killakeet Lighthouse, which for generations has been the responsibility of one family, the Thurlows. However, Josh Thurlow, the Keeper's son, has forsworn his heritage to become the commander of the Maudie Jane, a small Coast Guard patrol boat operating off Killakeet. Josh is still tortured by guilt, seventeen years after losing his baby brother at sea. Then his life is complicated by the arrival of the beautiful Dosie Crossan, who has journeyed to lonely Killakeet to escape the outside world and perhaps find a purpose in life. While Josh's heart is stirred by the often-vexing Dosie, he continues his search for his brother, even after a wolfpack of German U-boats arrives to soak the island's beaches with blood and oil. One of the U-boats is captained by Otto Krebs, a famed and ruthless undersea warrior. Krebs, a man also scarred by lost love, comes to Killakeet, however, with more than torpedoes and plans for war: He may also have the answer to the mystery that haunts Josh Thurlow. The Keeper's Son is a rousing, romantic tale of the power of the human heart forever searching for redemption.

Rocket Boy

Rocket Boy
Author: Damon Lehrer
Pages: 32
ISBN: 1567925871
Available:
Release: 2016
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Armed only with a pencil and a pad of paper, a boy transports himself into adventures where he meets new friends, visits unseen landscapes, and makes his way back to his own bed before dawn.

Back to the Moon

Back to the Moon
Author: Homer H. Hickam
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9780440235385
Available:
Release: 1999
Editor: Island Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In 2002, Jack Medaris--a brilliant, troubled scientist funded by a mysterious consortium--hijacks the Columbia space shuttle before its last routine mission and heads for the moon

Rocket Boys

Rocket Boys
Author: Homer Hickam
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780440333876
Available:
Release: 1999-04-01
Editor: Dell
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir that inspired the film October Sky, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir—a powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the dawn of the 1960s, of a mother's love and a father's fears, of a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space . . . and who made those dreams come true. With the grace of a natural storyteller, NASA engineer Homer Hickam paints a warm, vivid portrait of the harsh West Virginia mining town of his youth, evoking a time of innocence and promise, when anything was possible, even in a company town that swallowed its men alive. A story of romance and loss, of growing up and getting out, Homer Hickam's lush, lyrical memoir is a chronicle of triumph—at once exquisitely written and marvelously entertaining. One of the most beloved bestsellers in recent years, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir. A powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the end of the 1950s, it is the story of a mother's love and a father's fears, of growing up and getting out. With the grace of a natural storyteller, Homer Hickam looks back after a distinguished NASA career to tell his own true story of growing up in a dying coal town and of how, against the odds, he made his dreams of launching rockets into outer space come true. A story of romance and loss and a keen portrait of life at an extraordinary point in American history, Rocket Boys is a chronicle of triumph.

The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles
Author: Ray Bradbury
Pages: 241
ISBN: 9781451678192
Available:
Release: 2012-04-17
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The tranquility of Mars is disrupted by humans who want to conquer space, colonize the planet, and escape a doomed Earth.

Rocket Boy

Rocket Boy
Author: Katie Jennings
Pages: 96
ISBN: 1788952022
Available:
Release: 2020-05-26
Editor: Colour Fiction
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Did you know that the sky on Mars is red? Callum Grant does - and he knows a whole lot more about the solar system too. But he doesn't know what it would be like to see a Martian sunset with his own eyes. Until one day Callum sets off on an adventure unlike any other... An uplifting story about the power of imagination, with full colour illustrations on every page.

Spider Man Storybook Collection

Spider Man Storybook Collection
Author: Marvel Press Book Group
Pages: 304
ISBN: 1484732154
Available:
Release: 2016-05-03
Editor: Marvel Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Featuring your favorite, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, this storybook collection has been completely redesigned with an all new cover, gilded pages, completely new stories, and a classic new look with over 275 illustrations. From Peter's science fair at school to Spidey's fierce battle with Venom to his unexpected visit to the Wild West, these exciting, action-packed stories are the ideal length for reading aloud.

Blood Meridian

Blood Meridian
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780307762528
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Release: 2010-08-11
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"The fulfilled renown of Moby-Dick and of As I Lay Dying is augmented by Blood Meridian, since Cormac McCarthy is the worthy disciple both of Melville and Faulkner," writes esteemed literary scholar Harold Bloom in his Introduction to the Modern Library edition. "I venture that no other living American novelist, not even Pynchon, has given us a book as strong and memorable." Cormac McCarthy's masterwork, Blood Meridian, chronicles the brutal world of the Texas-Mexico borderlands in the mid-nineteenth century. Its wounded hero, the teenage Kid, must confront the extraordinary violence of the Glanton gang, a murderous cadre on an official mission to scalp Indians and sell those scalps. Loosely based on fact, the novel represents a genius vision of the historical West, one so fiercely realized that since its initial publication in 1985 the canon of American literature has welcomed Blood Meridian to its shelf. "A classic American novel of regeneration through violence," declares Michael Herr. "McCarthy can only be compared to our greatest writers."