by Homer Hickam
Have you read this book? It is one of my favorites! I always make this a required reading in my classes. But it's not just for science classes. This is a great "read" for any subject in middle or high school.
I am not going to give anything away, but this book is about the "rocket boys". It is placed in the 1950's and early 1960's, and is a true story about a group of boys living in a coal mining town in West Virginia. They teach themselves to build rockets, but more importantly they (with the help of some key teachers in their lives) teach themselves that they can overcome hardships and can accomplish anything if they work at it hard enough. It is highly motivational and I high recommend it!
Read more about this book at my
blog, Science Stuff.