Link to NASA's Sputnik Page

  Fact that Reads Like Fiction
  Contributed by Donna Cifarelli

Beals, Melba Pattillo. Warriors Don't Cry - A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High. New York: Pocket Books, 1994 - In this first person account, Beals tells of the violence and hate she encountered every day when she and eight other black teenagers were the first African Americans to attend Little Rock's Central High.

Bernstein, Carl and Bob Woodward. All the President's Men. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1974. - The story starts with a seemingly insignificant burglary but after Woodward and Bernstein unravel the details, it leads to the Oval Office.

Hickam , Homer H., Jr. October Sky. New York: Dell, 1999. (originally published as Rocket Boys. Delacorte, 1998.) - After watching the Soviet satellite Sputnik soar through the night sky, Homer becomes obsessed with learning how to build rockets so he can escape the life of a coal miner which looms in his future.

Krakauer, Jon. Into Thin Air. New York: Villard Books, 1997. - Climbing Mt. Everest has always been a dream of Jon's and he is thrilled to get a magazine assignment accompanying a group of climbers - until a storm hits while they are high on the mountain.

Preston, Richard. The Hot Zone. New York: Random House, 1994. - From the middle of Africa to the outskirts of Washington DC, deadly viruses are on the loose. They kill in weeks and there's no known cure.

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