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Critical Praise

"400 schools in Canada and the USA [are] using Hickam's autobiographical October Sky to teach lessons that go beyond typical classroom learning. "

—USA Today, 11/21/00

"This is the third year I have taught Hickam's Rocket Boys in my classroom. I have developed 10-15 projects related to the novel, including activities demonstrating group dynamics and teamwork. Our students have been through so much. I really feel that Homer's book helps us to look not only up, but also to the future! "

—Kiki Leyba, teacher, Columbine High School, Littleton, CO

"October Sky rewards every mother and teacher who ever told children they could be anything they wanted if they worked hard enough. "

—Orlando Sentinel