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Heroes School & Library Binding – 1 Mar 2001
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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 the Hardcover edition.
"[A] powerhouse novel . . . that will follow the reader long after the story has ended."
"Cormier's . . . story will hold fans from the first page to the last."
--"Publisher Weekly," starred
--"VOYA," starred --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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
Definitely not just a book that should be read by a class of sixteen year olds!
The print is clear and spaced nicely on the page - not too cramped, which some readers find off-putting. The story flowed quickly and the opening pages grabbed your attention so you wanted to find out more.
Easily read in one sitting if a couple of hours spare.
Although written some decades ago, it is still very relevant today.
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