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Rocket Boys

Rocket Boys (The Coalwood Series #1) by Homer Hickam

I enjoyed this book and was surprised that I had only flagged one excerpt (not a reflection of the story’s quality!):

“My usually less supply mind was trying to figure out how high our rockets were flying. I delved into Jake’s book. Quentin, delighted to have it, did the same. Sitting together in the Big Creek auditorium at lunch, we taught ourselves trigonometry. I had discovered that learning something, no matter how complex, wasn’t hard when I had a reason to want to know it. With trig under our belt, all we would need to do was build some instruments to measure angles and we would be able to calculate how high our rockets flew.”

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