- AR Level5.9
- AR Quiz Number35205
- AR Quiz Points21
- AuthorHomer H. Hickam Jr.
- Guided Reading LevelZ
- Page Count448
- PublisherRandom House Publishing Group
- Year Published1999
- Grade Level8 - 12
- Type of BookNon-Fiction
- SubjectHistory of the Americas
Aerospace & aviation technology
Creative writing & creative writing guides
- Lexile Level900
It was 1957, the year Sputnik raced across the Appalachian sky, and the small town of Coalwood, West Virginia, was slowly dying. Faced 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.
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