Rocket Boys Book Essay

909 Words Mar 21st, 2011 4 Pages
This book is about a young man who attends a small West Virginian High School. He lives in a house that is located off of the coal mine that the town rests on. Homer’s dad is the manager of the mine. Homer doesn’t receive much appreciation from his father. Homer sees on television the launch of the satellite sputnik, and after seeing this he is driven to be a part of the space race. He convinces some of his friends to help him build a rocket. They used terrible materials, and the rocket blew up their mother’s fence. They go to many different people for help on ideas, math and materials. After much hard work they finally build a rocket that launches into the air.
The story keeps progressing and their rockets keep flying higher, as
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The theme of the book Rocket Boys could be that people, especially kids should follow their dreams in life. Following ones dreams can lead one to have a much better life than they would normally have.

The intended audience I think that Homer Hickam was trying to direct this book to would probably be kids who are having troubles in their life and struggling with what they should do for the rest of their life. This book is, like I said before, about kids with dreams and fulfilling them. The rocket boys are told what to do for the rest of their lives by many people, such as Homer Hickam Sr. Homer’s dad tells “Sonny” (Homer Hickam Jr.) in no uncertain terms that he should work in the mine. Homer junior had other plans for his life and acts upon them.
The author Homer Hickam seems to write with many different styles. He is descriptive in his writing, just not very descriptive. He will describe something with some depth but I felt that he lacked something to be a perfect descriptive writer. For example, he didn’t describe his house very well; I had to put my own picture of it in my head and had to frequently change it to match what he had in the book. He is very analytical though. He seems to think things through before he states them; he is very logical in his writing and likes to make sure everything he…