By Homer Hickam

The long-awaited prequel to the number 1 big apple occasions bestselling memoir Rocket Boys—the foundation for the motion picture October Sky

Elsie Lavender and Homer Hickam Sr.—the destiny mom and dad of Homer Hickam Jr.—were highschool classmates within the West Virginia coalfields, graduating simply because the nice melancholy all started. while Homer requested for her hand, Elsie in its place headed to Orlando the place she sparked with a dancing actor named blood brother Ebsen (yes, that blood brother Ebsen). but if blood brother headed for brand spanking new York, Elsie's desires of a lifestyles with him have been beaten and at last she chanced on herself again within the coalfields, married to Homer.

Unfulfilled as a miner's spouse, Elsie was once reminded of her carefree days in Florida on a daily basis as a result of Buddy's strange marriage ceremony reward: an alligator named Albert who lived within the merely rest room of their little condo. ultimately Homer gave Elsie an ultimatum: "Me or the alligator!" After giving it a few idea, Elsie concluded there has been just one factor to do—carry Albert home.

Carrying Albert domestic tells the candy, humorous, and infrequently heartbreaking story of a tender couple and their designated puppy on a loopy 1,000-mile trip. advised with the heat and down-home attraction that made Rocket Boys a loved bestseller, Homer Hickam's rollicking novel is actually a testomony to that unusual and wonderful emotion we name love.

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D. S. Chao in Bamb. Res. 1, 1981: 31, fig. J. J. Shen, Bamb. China, 1987: 70, 71. 9 Common names: Suanzhu (Chinese), meaning sour bamboo. 9 Features: 8 m / 3 - 5 cm / fl(+) 9 Distribution: CHINA: Guangdong: Yangchun Xian: Hewei Shan, at 700 m altitude. Acidosasa dayongensis YI 9 Taxonomic and nomenclatural references: Acidosasa dayongensis Yi in Bull. Bot. Res. 6 (4), 1986: 25, fig. 1; type: Yi Tongpei 85404 (SCFS) 9 Common names: Dayong Suanzhu (Chinese), meaning Dayong sour bamboo. 9 Features: 5 - 11 m / (2) 5 - 7 cm / fl(-) 9 Distribution: CHINA: Hunan: Dayong Xian, 500850 m altitude, in evergreen broad-leaved forest.

Sin. 7, 1936: 1270; type: HandeI-Mazzetti 9343 Yushania rnegalothyrsa (HandeI-Mazzetti) Wen in J. Bamb. Res. 6 (3), 1987: 34, "Yusharia"; Ohmberger, Bamb. World Gen. S. D. Chu in J. Nanjing Techn. Coll. For. Prod. 1981 (3), 1981:44, "megalothyrsa" Monocladus mega/othyrsus (HandeI-Mazzetti) Yi in J. Bamb. Res. Z. Li & al. in Acta Phytotax. Sin. 33 (6), 1995: 600, fig. 1, "megathyrsa" 9 Spelling variants: Arundinaria megalochyrsa; Indocalamus megalochyrsus (typographical error); Indocalamus megalothyrsa (orthographical error), Gaoligongshania megathyrsa.

Z. Li, HSUEH & N. H. Ferrocalamus rimosivaginus WEN 9 Taxonomic and nomenclatural references: Ferrocalarnus tirnosivaginus Wen in J. Bamb. Res. 3 (2), 1984: 26, fig. 2; type: Yunnan, Jinping, Chen G. K 01 (ZJFI) 9 Common names: Lietuo Tiezhu (Chinese). Z. Li (in Acta Bot. Yunnan. 16 (1), 1994: 42). 9 Distribution: CHINA: Yunnan: Jinping Xian. Ferrocalamus strictus HSUEH & P. C. C. Keng in J. Bamb. Res. 1 ( 2 ) , 1982: 137, 136, fig. Z. Li & al. in Acta Phytotax. Sin. Z. Li & al. 9 Tribal assignment: trib.

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