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Heroes: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – 8 Feb 2000

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reprint edition (8 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440227690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440227694
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.1 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,313,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eighteen-year-old Francis Cassavant has returned from world war two an unwilling hero. Although he can still see and hear, a grenade has blown away his nose, his ears, his teeth and his cheeks, effectively leaving him faceless. Hiding his ghastly wounds with bandages and a white silk scarf, Francis welcomes the anonymity his mutilation brings him, for he has returned to his hometown with a secret mission--a plot for revenge (against his enemy Larry LaSalle) that he values more than his own life. Francis's eerily matter-of-fact acceptance of his hideous mien, along with his sweetness and selflessness, contrast sharply with his obsessive need for vengeance. No one recognizes him as the quiet kid who once loved Nicole Renard and hung out with fellow teens at the Wreck Centre. LaSalle, formerly a charismatic youth leader, has also come back from the war a hero, and only Francis knows the dark side of this older man's concern for young people. But does LaSalle's one evil act outweigh all the good he has done? And is Francis just as guilty because he could have prevented it and didn't?

Robert Cormier--winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award and many other honours--has once again crafted a riveting yarn of psychological suspense. Francis's story is revealed only gradually in hints that keep the reader guessing. Young teens will find it a quick and absorbing read, and older adolescents (and full-fledged adults, too) will relish pondering the many-sided ethical questions Cormier raises about heroism, guilt and forgiveness. (Ages 13 to 16) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Robert Cormier was born in Massachusetts, USA in 1925. He began his professional writing career as a journalist and scriptwriter and turned to full-time writing after the successful publication of his first novel for teenagers, The Chocolate War. He soon established a reputation as a brilliant and uncompromising writer of novels for young adults. He died in November 2000. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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My name is Francis Joseph Cassavant and I have just returned to Frenchtown in Monument and the war is over and I have no face. Read the first page
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. R. M. Davies on 16 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
This novel is on the new WJEC course for English Literature, so as an English teacher I bought it to consider teaching to my pupils. It is an excellent choice, being both short and accessible, but also thought provoking with some well drawn characters.

For confident teens or adult readers it is a quick read - 2 hours from cover to cover - but this is one of its strenghs, since rereading and revising from it will be enjoyable and rewarding.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Sept. 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm only 15 years old and started this in school. I thought it would be another boring book like some of the other stuff. But as soon as we read the first chapter I was hooked. After this so I could find out what was gonna happen next I went out and bought it and finished it in 2 days! It truely has open my eyes to how cool books are and after this I have bought many books from this site and there are a few I could recommend, but this truely has to be one of the best, and can be read by all ages, a truely great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hrmionee on 13 Feb. 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
***TRIGGER WARNING /MATURE THEMES INCLUDING: Rape/Non-Con Sex, War and mentions of Child Abuse.***

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Robert Cormier is amazing. I hadn't heard of him before this year until I had to purchase the book for my English GCSE coursework but I wish I'd discovered him sooner.

Hero's' is a short but very entertaining read that provides a brilliant insight into life in the 40's - at the time of WW2. Without giving too much away the plot is as follows:

It centres on young Francis Cassavant, a war veteran who is on a mission of revenge upon returning home to Frenchtown. There's a catch; Francis has been left extremely disfigured by an explosion, leaving his face unrecognizable.

That's probably all I should say. The books speaks for itself.

Its backed up by a strong line of secondary character's including Nicole and Larry.

Personally I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a quick but memorable read. Although I would strongly advise that no kids under 13 should read this because it contains mature themes and some strong language here and there.

I must stress, it isn't a lighthearted book. Its absolutely fantastic but heavy. As it contains themes of sexual assault on youngsters. Its not shown in the book directly but it might be upsetting for some people. If this is a trigger for anyone then I would skip chapter eleven. That's all I'm going to say.

I will be on the look out for more of Robert's books and I can't wait to read THE CHOCOLATE WAR.

Thank you for reading!!! Xx
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Weddell on 18 Oct. 2005
Format: Paperback
BOOK REVIEW
'Heroes' by Robert Cormier
This book based on World War Two, and grips you right until the end.
The book begins by telling us about one soldier, Francis Cassavant (the main character), who was badly injured in the war and is receiving treatment in a hospital with lots of other soldiers. Francis an 18-year-old war veteran is returning home to Frenchtown to try to get back to normality and carry on with his life, but as we find out things are not as simple as that and Francis has a reason for going to war in the first place as he is trying to escape a certain past event. Frenchtown got its name as many of the people who live there are French immigrants and we hear of various references throughout the book about France, also many of the characters have French names.
Throughout the book we are told about a place called the 'wreck centre' where Francis spent most of his childhood and met a man called Larry LaSalle who also plays a vital part in the story. Francis went to a convent when he was a child and this is where he met his 'childhood sweetheart' Nicole Renard, who also attended the wreck centre. There are a lot of anecdotes in this book as most of the events discussed happened a long time ago and Francis is just trying to come to terms with them. It is almost as if while he has been at war time has stood still and now that he has returned home he has to put certain unfinished matters to rest and that he does. He revisits certain situations and goes to see certain people to put his mind at rest.
In my opinion this is a very gripping story, which captures even the coldest of hearts. Robert Cormier has an amazing ability to describe in detail certain situations, which creates a great deal of imagery. However, the one fault is that sometimes the story is hard to follow, as one chapter may be completely different from the previous. Overall I would rate this book at 8/10.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By bex4ad on 19 May 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I am reading this book as it is on the GCSE Engish Language list of set books for Edexcel. I thought I'd see whether I'd like to teach it.

I have absolutly no problem with the story itself, it's very good. However, the Kindle edition is terrible. Almost every page is peppered with mistakes. It's obviously been typed up in a hurry and not checked carefully.

This should be amended, especially as a large body of students now download electronic books to their mobiles and Kindles. Really disappointing.

By all means, buy the book. Just avoid the electronic version until they sort it out.
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By LJBentley on 6 Jun. 2015
Format: Paperback
I needed to read Heroes by Robert Cormier because it is on the WJEC high school English curriculum. I work in a high school and the GCSE literature students studied it this year and are likely to next year. However, I hadn’t read it and was pretty much useless in their final revision lessons. Instead of stressing out about it I figured I should just give it a read. At only 144 pages I could have it finished in an afternoon. I’m awfully glad that I read it.

Looking at the book from a purely pleasurable read level Heroes is really good. Our protagonist, Francis Cassavant has returned home after serving in the Second World War. At only 18 years old he has been witness to more death and destruction than he cares to admit. After forging details on his birth certificate Frances is sent to a war that he was far too young to be in. He left for war a boy and returned a man. Disfigured and harbouring guilt, Frances has come home with one mission. That mission is murder.

Sounds good doesn’t it?

On an academic level, Heroes is a great book to dissect. Themes of heroism, brotherhood, forgiveness and what is right and what is wrong all feature heavily. It is easy to understand why it is a GCSE book to read.

If you like historical fiction – especially if it is set during wartime – then you must give Heroes a read. It is a book you can finish in a day but one that will leave you thinking about morality long after you have finished it.

Heroes by Robert Cormier is available now.
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