October Sky

by Homer Hickam

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What did Ms. Riley say when Homer was about to leave for the national science fair?

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Homer had been at the Trailways station getting ready to go, packing all his big boxes onto the bus and saying goodbye to all the folks that had come to wish him well.  He didn't expect Miss Riley to be there since she was so ill and would likely be in the hospital for the foreseeable future.  But then Jake rolls up in his Corvette with Miss Riley in the passenger seat.  Of course Homer runs over to her to say hello and hear what she has to say.

He knelt by the car because he didn't want her to expend the energy to try and get out of the car, and she said "Show them what West Virginians can do Sonny!"

Of course Homer went and did just that.

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