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Heroes (NEW LONGMAN LITERATURE 11-14) [Hardcover]

Robert Cormier
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Book Description

30 Mar 2007 140586396X 978-1405863964 1

When Francis Cassavant returns to his home town, his face horribly disfigured during World War II, he is tormented by memories of the conflict. People believe him to be a teenage war hero, not realising that his act of ‘heroism’ was in fact a suicide attempt. Back home, Francis has a mission – to get revenge on the youth leader he idolised, but betrayed him. And he’s prepared to do whatever it takes.


What are the themes?

Heroism, conflict, struggle against evil, guilt, forgiveness, loneliness, loyalty.


Teaching points

This short novel, with its gripping plot and engaging themes, is accessible to a wide range of abilities. Provides excellent opportunities for exploring structure and narrative viewpoint.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (30 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140586396X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405863964
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,032 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.

About the Author

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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent teen choice 16 Mar 2010
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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truely great book! 13 Sep 2004
By A Customer
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A heart rendering tale of love and courage 18 Oct 2005
'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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Editor's really need to sort out the errors 19 May 2011
By bex4ad
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heroes 29 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This purchase was for my granddaughter for course work required by school, she was pleased with her purchase, would recommended to others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 4 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
for granddaughter for school
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I read this because it was part of my granddaughters english gcse and was surprised just how much I enjoyed this book. It was also nice that we could discuss the book and analize it together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great revision aid. 30 Jun 2014
Bought this for my sons GCSE exam. This was much cheaper than buying through normal bookshops. Great value for money.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great read but the chapters arnt labeld.
It's a great story and all but the chapters are not labels so it can be diffuclt when answer questions on papers you recieve in class. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read for teenagers
This book has been selected as reading for our teenage English students.

The print is clear and spaced nicely on the page - not too cramped, which some readers find... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Mrs J K Redwood
2.0 out of 5 stars So send me the edition I order
I ordered this for my daughter - explicitly this cover - as instructed - so the whole class have the same edition and pagination. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but dissatisfied by the ending
The book is a good read, however the ending feels rushed and far too open. It seems like a sequel needs to be written.
Published 1 month ago by Charlene Barber
4.0 out of 5 stars Better the second time
I thought after reading kitchen first time at school I didn't really relate to it as much but now reading it in my own time I found to have really enjoyed the book, a good read
Published 1 month ago by JOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars Great item
I miss my GCSE years - they were lovely compared to the stress of A levels. This book was in good format and awesome to read
Published 1 month ago by Shazia Bibi
5.0 out of 5 stars GCSE English text
I bought this for my son's GCSE, read it myself and was hugely moved by the story. So pleased to see it on the curriculum as there are some very important issues discussed and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nikki Go
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
The first half of the book is fairly slow. However, once all the event come together it's impossible to put the book down. Enjoyed the story.
Published 2 months ago by Mr M Durejko
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroes book
I originally bought this book for my son to use at school I have since read it the condition and price were very good.
Published 2 months ago by georgina quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book about revenge and findin yourself
I was greatly intrigued by this book which is about an army veteran, whose face was blown off by a grenade, taking his revenge on another hero who raped his girlfriend before he... Read more
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