By Homer Hickam
Book Review by Duncan Nottingham
The story is written from the perspective on my favorite character, Sonny Hickman. Sonny isn’t like all the other characters in that he wants more out of life than growing up to be a coal miner. He is the mastermind behind the plans to create rockets after being inspired by the launch of the Russian satellite, Sputnik.
Hickman uses an honest, tell all approach mixed with humor and nostalgia to tell the story of his journey, his relationship with his family and friends, his hometown and with the teacher who encouraged him to not give up on his dream. This is a tale of struggles, failure, hard work and perseverance. The end result is a story that is not only entertaining but one that many people can relate to and connect with.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would recommend this book as an entertaining, look back at American history. This book has a wide audience appeal which makes it a great read.
Coalwood is where all the boys lived and did their launches.
The Rocket Boys
All the Rocket Boys together. Hanging out near Cape Coalwood.
The boys and cape coalwood. Where all the rocket tests happened.