When I saw the cover, I remembered seeing the movie October Sky, which was inspired by the book.
I think it is worth reading at any time but especially now when there is so much discussion about safety in coal mines.
The author grew up in Coalwood, West Virginia. He was inspired by the rocket discoveries of the time to, with a group of friends, create his own, and the book is a wonderful, inviting, enticing, inspirational read. I give it two thumbs up.