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Francis Joseph Cassavant is 18. He has just returned home from World War II, and he has no face. He does have a gun and a mission: to murder his childhood hero.Francis lost most of his face when he fell on a grenade in France. He received the Silver Star for bravery, but was it really an act of heroism? Now, having survived, he is looking for a man he once admired and resp ...more
Hardcover, 135 pages
Published February 8th 2000 by Turtleback Books (first published August 10th 1998)
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Jan 24, 2014 Sammy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book as usual was a part of my English GCSE and I felt that it did not get the credit it deserved from the majority of my class. A story of a war hero who's and his former girlfriend's childhood was seemingly destroyed by a man who he had thought to be his own hero. He returns to take revenge on an act from years ago.

The majority of my class had expected it to be some, kind of action packed novel that was equal parts thrilling and equal parts intense. However, they did not feel that way abo
Jan 08, 2016 Bethan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shelved
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It's amazing that the heart makes no noise when it cracks.

Francis Joseph Cassavant is 18 years old, and has just returned to his hometown of Monument in Massachusetts from the French trenches of World War 2. He has no face - he lost most of it in the war, and covers the bandaged remains with a scarf. Francis returned to Monument to find Larry LaSalle, a man loved by the community and one whom Francis deeply respected and admired, now also a war veteran - and like Francis, a Silver Star hero. H
Apr 11, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to be honest, I didn't have high hopes for this book but was pleasantly surprised. It was very intriguing, centring around WWII but the main war taking place in Francis's life. The symbolism in this book is so strong but it doesn't overpower, the language is simple but not dull and the characters are beautifully formed. I really enjoyed this book, I loved how real it felt and, for a short read, I think it's an amazing thing to achieve.
Ally Atherton
This is another one of those books which my son brought home from school, apparently it is part of his GCSE English curriculum. I wasn't really looking forward to it and I was thinking it was just going to be a war thiller.

Francis has come home from WW2 after suffering a horrendous disfigurement. He has his face covered in bandages and a scarf and goes back to the town where he grew up. Where other war veterans are thinking of ways to get their lives back together, Francis has other things on hi
Ella Reed
Only had one interesting chapter in the entire book and the ending was a huge anti-climax. Would not recommend this book because it is no where near as exciting as the blurb may suggest. Mostly goes on about how embarrassed he is about his ruined face well for that he should have gone on embarrassing bodies instead of ranting on about through out the entire book.
Oct 09, 2015 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was interesting and I thought that the characters were well introduced as we are given a lot of information for such a short book but overall it just wasn't my cup of tea.

Francis signs up to become a soldier at the age of fifteen and is brutally injured when a bomb blows off his face. He returns home to Frenchtown and looks back on why he decided to fight for his country. Nicole his childhood sweetheart moved away from the town and he longs to find her again but it is hinted upon that
Jul 24, 2015 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dreadful
I hate it
I hate this book
This book is ruining my life
I don't want to write essays on these boring characters
Just give me an F for English Rn and don't make me sit this exam *super stressed crying*
Jan 20, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A serious well written YA novel exploring the nature of heroism, set in post WW2 USA but managing to retain a timeless quality.

Francis Cassavant returns to Frenchtown a reluctant war veteran and suffering from serious facial wounds. Unlike other veterans who are stuck in a limbo neither acknowledging their experiences nor moving on, Francis has a purpose which he hides from the community, along with his identity. The truth will reveal why he volunteered to fight.

The split narrative follows Fran
Enrique Macias
This book is about a 14 year old kid name francis cassavant that goes to war and loses some of his face. Francis has many young adult problems like anger frustration. Francis return to frenchtown after coming back from war , and he wears a scarf to cover his face because he lost almost of his face and people well not have to see the horror oh his injuries. Francis goes to on to beat LaSalle in a table tennis competition and became well known " Table Tennis Champion. " He dosen't know that Larry ...more
Robert Cormier wrote I Am the Cheese, which will forever be burned in my brain as it was a question at pub trivia that I got incorrect a few months back. As such, I made it a personal goal to read several of his books in the next year or two because 1. I hate getting questions wrong in pub trivia; 2. His books are supposed to be twisty and well-written (some are required in many high school curricula); and 3. Most importantly to me, they are very short. I immediately put Heroes on hold at the li ...more
May 07, 2007 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teenage
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, come to think about it, perhaps I like it more than Chocolate War . . . completely changes your idea of how we think and define "heroes".
Mar 08, 2010 Jacob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Larry LaSalle. Need I say more? He is the coolest, most good-looking kid in all of Frenchtown. He’s got it all! Larry LaSalle is a hero to all of the kids in Frenchtown, especially Francis Joseph Cassavant. Francis looked up to Larry…it’s a shame that he has to kill him. You see, Larry raped Francis’ girlfriend while Francis was in WWII. Francis is eighteen now… and he has returned home without a face. During the war, a grenade blew off Francis’ lips, nose, and ears. His eyes and eardrums are s
Jan 03, 2013 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that this book is a little wird at first but i soon understand it. Its about a boy named francis cassavant and he joins the army hopping he would have a better chance of dieing, the reason for that was becuase one night nichole and franceis and larry were in the wreck center, and francis was told to leave becuase larry told him to go so that he and nichole could dance, nichole told francis to stay but he told her no, but stayed anyway. As francis was watching he hears grouns and the soun ...more
Cormier, Robert (1998). Heroes. New York: Delacorte Press. 135 pages.

Summary and Evaluation: After three years fighting in World War II, Francis Cassavant returns home a mangled, faceless Silver Star war hero. He still has one final mission though – to find and eliminate the childhood hero who destroyed his life. The reasons for this intense hatred are unraveled through the main character’s flashbacks and examine the nature of heroism and cowardice, betrayal and revenge.

I really enjoyed this boo
Charley Harpole
Jun 22, 2010 Charley Harpole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
HEROES is a story of Francis Joseph Cassavantd who enlisted early in World War II but has returned. His face was, to put it lightly, blasted off. You get information from him through the form of flashbacks and you discover his dark pass and why he ran and joined the army at age sixteen. Francis also has one goal and that is too kill his mentor, after finding out why, you are hopping that he pulls the trigger not only on his mentor but also on his self.

I liked this book. IT was really creative w
Apr 03, 2016 Lucie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone, teenagers, people who love good writing and an interesting plot, realists
Recommended to Lucie by: A YA book cart at my school library
My first Robert Cormier book. I picked it up at my school Library; I was searching the Recommended YA cart and this sad little book caught my eye. It was a tiny little hardback, all old and yellowed. A bit cheesy looking, with the cover and all, but it charmed me somehow so I took it. I read it very quickly. I fell in love with Cormier's dark, simple, relatable style. The story was so sad, so dark, so fascinating…I loved it! The book, I mean. The plot was quite a downer, but I like that sort of ...more
Feb 19, 2016 Lynne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read for work purposes, although it has been lurking on a shelf for years. More of a novella than a full-blown YA novel, it deals with disfigured 18 yr old Francis Cassavant returning home after active service in WW2 and his desire for revenge on local hero Larry LaSalle. Interesting to see that on here, several reviewers are loathing having to study this, perhaps because it lacks vampires, schoolboy wizards, terminal illnesses, gods and heroes, the supernatural, cod-medieval theatrics, dystopia ...more
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Jack Currie
Apr 12, 2015 Jack Currie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt the book had a pretty good plot but the book got a little slow at some times. The book got a little slow in the middle because not much was happening and it was just basically flashbacks. The story is based on an 18 year old kid named Francis Joseph Cassavant who fought in World War II and got mutilated when he jumped on a grenade to save a lot of men. When he returns home to Frenchtown he comes to the realization that it is nothing like what he left. Through out the book he has various f ...more
Samantha Kilford
This is a book I was assigned as part of my GCSE literature exam and it's a very interesting story. The novel makes you question if "one sin wipes away everything good a person has done."
It is about a young man named Francis Cassavant who wants to avoid the memory of what he thinks he could have prevented to the girl he loves, so he goes of to war hoping to die. In an unsuccessful attempt to take his life Francis falls on a grenade, he loses most of his face in the process, and saves many men i
Sean Finnegan
Oct 10, 2014 Sean Finnegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heroes by Robert Cormier is a very energetic book. This is the first book that I have read By the author. In my opinion it is a great reading suggestion to younger readers. It provides the love and tragedy people wont hinder for through the era of WWII. The fictional book soaks in the reader with suspense. You read about a character who faces such adversity coming back home from the war. The events that followed increasingly kept my attention further into the book. Having a life changing injury; ...more
Feb 24, 2014 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a little surprised to say the least when I finished this and realised that I genuinely enjoyed reading this book. I rarely like the pieces set as part of my English literature syllabus (Of Mice and Men, An Inspector Calls, Hamlet etc.), but Heroes was an exception. At 97 pages it really didn't take me long to read. The plot was basic yet interesting all the same- Francis Cassavant a young soldier arrives home from war to the town of Monument, his face disfigured and his identity kept secre ...more
Oct 05, 2014 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this for my GCSE in English, however i didn't expect for the novel to be this good.

"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"

Francis is a very blunt character, he tells things like it is. In the vivid description of his wounds (chapter 1) you can straight away tell that he isn't affected by them, yet he wants to stay anonymous so he hides his face. I couldn't help but pity the character of Francis,
Dallas Hadley
Dec 10, 2014 Dallas Hadley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-420
Category: REQUIRED

Francis was a pretty shy guy growing up in his community. He found some belonging at the wreck center because LaSalle, a well respected adult in the community, takes him under his wing. He supports him and reached him ping pong, which is how Francis creates an identity for himself as the table tennis champion. Francis falls in love with Nicole, but one night she is raped by LaSalle, and Francis didn’t stop it from happening. This tears him up inside and he eventually joins the
Mar 05, 2014 Tayla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was my GCSE English book. Amazingly, I really enjoyed it and because its only a small book its easy to re-read. I found it easy to understand as the vocabulary is fairly basic (I personally find books with old fashioned or larger vocabulary harder to read). This is one book that, although I studied it for a year & had to write essays on it for my English GCSE, I would happily read it again.

The story grips you from the start, the very first page describing Francis Joseph Cassavant.
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May 31, 2014 Nerissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-school
I had predicted what had happened to Nicole 6 chapters in and I stopped reading to avoid having to read it but I did finished it and I am glad to have gotten the full story. I loved the ending even though I know many people feel differently but I was happy to see that Francis' views had changed. I'm glad he didn't kill Larry LaSalle, the guilt would have eaten him alive afterwards just as the children he had killed did.
Jul 21, 2015 Jared rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back-dropped by the Great Depression and the events leading up to World War II, “Heroes” by Robert Cormier features Francis Joseph Cassavant, a fifteen-year-old boy from Monument, Massachusetts who forged his birth certificate to enlist in the army. Returning from the war at the age of eighteen, permanently disfigured from diving on a grenade to cover its blast, Francis battles with his new identity, while also being haunted by his past. Heroes is a fast paced, character driven story that gradua ...more
Lisa Bentley
Jun 06, 2015 Lisa Bentley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 pleasu
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Robert Edmund Cormier (January 17, 1925–November 2, 2000) was an American author, columnist and reporter, known for his deeply pessimistic, downbeat literature. His most popular works include I Am the Cheese, After the First Death, We All Fall Down and The Chocolate War, all of which have won awards. The Chocolate War was challenged in multiple libraries. His books often are concerned with themes ...more
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