Bright Hub Education's website has literature study guides that provide chapter summaries for "October Sky." Each chapter is listed with its title, followed by a summary of what occurred in that section of the story.
"October Sky" was published as "Rocket Boys: A Memoir" by Delacorte Press in 1998, and the paperback book that came out at the same time as the movie had the title "October Sky." Written by Homer Hickam, the book began as a short story entitled "The Big Creek Missile Agency," which was published in Air & Space magazine in 1994. The author expanded the story into this book.