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Heroes: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – 8 Feb 2000

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reprint edition (8 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440227690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440227694
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,324,203 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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"[A] powerhouse novel . . . that will follow the reader long after the story has ended."
--Booklist

"Cormier's . . . story will hold fans from the first page to the last."
--Publisher Weekly, starred

"Powerful."
--VOYA, starred

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I bought this book for my English Literature GCSE and, admittedly, after the first reading was not that amazed. However, going into further detail with the book and analysing it thoroughly I fell in love with it. The structure is so cleverly constructed and the story so powerful. I could read it over and over again and notice something new!

Definitely not just a book that should be read by a class of sixteen year olds!
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Very satisfied with item purchased.My son is studying Heroes for GCSE English.Good value.H
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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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I read this in order to help my stepdaughter with her GCSE English project. It's well written with irony and grown up content that doesn't patronise young people. A very good introduction to serious literature without boring the pants off kids. Diverse narrative forms - past, present, first person - and character points of view obviously makes this novel an excellent teenage GCSE text Length just about right, too. If I read this as a gift I would say it's okay. If you're looking for a teenage classic that doesn't involve vampires, puberty and diaries then buy it for some young person who you care enough about to want them to read good literature.
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Never received this item and forgot I ordered it years ago. Therefore one star for no product
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Needed it for English exam, home copy!!
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