- 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)
Heroes: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – 8 Feb 2000
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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.
"[A] powerhouse novel . . . that will follow the reader long after the story has ended."
--Publisher Weekly, starred "Powerful."
--VOYA, starred See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Definitely not just a book that should be read by a class of sixteen year olds!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
in my opinion the story is ok i think other people should read itPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The copy of the book that I received was not the same as shown on the image shown above, but nevertheless the product was in good condition at it had advertised.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Only bought as it was part of my child g c s e English. She didn't really enjoy it.Published 8 months ago by Princess T.