Pinterest • The world’s catalogue of ideas
Photo of Jake Gyllenhaal portraying author & West Virginian Homer Hickam in October Sky.  The book Rocket Boys is still going strong after 15 years!

Photo of Jake Gyllenhaal portraying author & West Virginian Homer Hickam in October Sky. The book Rocket Boys is still going strong after 15 years!

Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam, made into the film "October Sky" starring Jake Gyllenhaal. A West Virginia coal mining town, Sputnik, and boys dreams of building rockets.

Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam, made into the film "October Sky" starring Jake Gyllenhaal. A West Virginia coal mining town, Sputnik, and boys dreams of building rockets.

October Sky by Homer H., Jr. Hickam (1999, Paperback). | eBay!

October Sky by Homer H., Jr. Hickam (1999, Paperback). | eBay!

Coalwood in McDowell County, home to Homer Hickam, Jr. (Wikipedia CC 3.0)

Coalwood in McDowell County, home to Homer Hickam, Jr. (Wikipedia CC 3.0)

Homer Hickam talks about Coalwood, WV and Sputnik (1 of 3) - YouTube

Homer Hickam talks about Coalwood, WV and Sputnik (1 of 3) - YouTube

Thoughts From Homer Hickam at Skyridge: Some thoughts on the passing of Harper Lee

Thoughts From Homer Hickam at Skyridge: Some thoughts on the passing of Harper Lee

Rocket Boys, the memoir of West Virginian Homer Hickam, Jr. This book inspired the film October Sky.

Rocket Boys, the memoir of West Virginian Homer Hickam, Jr. This book inspired the film October Sky.

Freida Riley - the Coalwood, West Virginia, chemistry and physics teacher who inspired Homer Hickam and the Rocket Boys of the movie October Sky.  She died of Hodgkin's Disease at the age of 31.  "To the last, she insisted on teaching even when it was necessary for her students to carry her on a stretcher to her classroom."

Freida Riley - the Coalwood, West Virginia, chemistry and physics teacher who inspired Homer Hickam and the Rocket Boys of the movie October Sky. She died of Hodgkin's Disease at the age of 31. "To the last, she insisted on teaching even when it was necessary for her students to carry her on a stretcher to her classroom."

Homer Hickam talks about building rockets and the October Sky Festival (3 of 3) - YouTube

Homer Hickam talks about building rockets and the October Sky Festival (3 of 3) - YouTube

Book Trailer for Homer Hickam's Crater Trueblood & The Lunar Rescue Company

Book Trailer for Homer Hickam's Crater Trueblood & The Lunar Rescue Company

An enthusiastic student was expelled when her science experiment went awry. Did you ever get in trouble at school because of a science project?

An enthusiastic student was expelled when her science experiment went awry. Did you ever get in trouble at school because of a science project?

Rocket Boys (The Coalwood Series #1): Homer Hickam: 9780385333214: AmazonSmile: Books

Rocket Boys (The Coalwood Series #1): Homer Hickam: 9780385333214: AmazonSmile: Books