Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam
Introduced by Nick Corston
I’m very proud of my dad. At 80-odd year old volunteers at the Oxfam Bookshop in my hometown in the Welsh Marches. One day he found a book at the bottom of a box that he said was the best book he’d ever read (and he’s read a few!).
Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam tells the story of four boys growing up in a dead-end mining town in West Virginia, USA in the 1950s. On seeing the Sputnik fly through the air decided to learn how to make rockets. You can’t make it up. After instructions from a mum, a book from a teacher, and the love of a father, they ended up working for NASA.