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3.42  ·  Rating details ·  2,687 ratings  ·  288 reviews
Francis Joseph Cassavant is eighteen. He has just returned home from the Second World War, 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
Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 8th 2000 by Laurel Leaf (first published August 10th 1998)
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Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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.
Mar 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
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*
Ally Atherton
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Rob P
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book by Cormier - The dark theme that runs through the book is quite haunting.

The book starts with the protagonist, Francis Cassavant describing his injuries and how his face is disfigured from injuries after returning home from the war. He returns a hero, although he hides his identity as he has mission to enact a plan to the kill the man who only he knows of his evil.
The story moves back to before the war when Larry Lasalle arrives in Frenchtown and is loved by everyone.
Ella Reed
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
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.
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It's amazing that the heart makes no noise when it cracks."

Heroes is a teen novel and is a story of Francis Joseph Cassavant, who at the age of eighteen has been horribly disfigured when he lost most of his face jumping on a grenade in France during WWII to save some of his fellow comrades. After a long rehabilitation in England he returns home to Frenchtown in Monument a hero, a recipient of a Silver Star for bravery, but also a man with a mission, to kill his own childhood hero, Larry
Jan 02, 2015 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
Ginny Harland
May 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
This is the worst book ever written. I had to read it with my Year 9s and this is the single least engaging book of all time. I felt bored while I was reading it with them. How many goddamn ping-pong descriptions can one man write? GOD.
Sep 30, 2012 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Oct 09, 2015 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
May 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
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".
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-classics
This book was the second of my GCSE texts. Given my prior enjoyment of 'Of Mice and Men' and my fondness for war books, I was quite looking forward to reading this, and dived eagerly into it straight away.
However, after that first reading, I came away disappointed- the book was not what I had expected at all.

Young soldier, Francis Cassavant, has just returned to Frenchtown after World War ll horribly maimed and disfigured.
With only the clothes on his back, and gun in his bag, Francis is set on
Enrique Macias
Nov 30, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Mar 08, 2010 rated it really liked it

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
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: engl-420
This is the story of Francis, a young 14 year old boy who worships a town hero names Larry Lassal. Larry opens up a recreation hall for youth and teaches Francis how to play ping pong and a young girl names Nicole how to dance. After Lassal lets Francis win a ping pong tournament, Francis overhears him rape Nicole and Nicole rages that Francis did nothing to stop it. Francis enlists in the army in order to die and throws himself on a grenade but instead of dying is
Charley Harpole
Jun 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit-420, wwii

I know Cormier can be dark, but Heroes was fantastic, moving, and thought-provoking, and I would read it again.

The book follows Francis, a boy who decided to go off to war after seeing his childhood hero rape his girlfirend. Rather than live with the shame, he decides to go to the warfront and try to die honorably. Though he does his best to die, he continues to live--but without a face. He returns to his hometown to get revenge on his childhood hero.

Yes, the book
Aug 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book!! Full of surprises, lies, and unexpected twists. I would read it over and over again countless times and would not get board of it.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
This books ending was seriously disappointing, at the end nothing was coming together, and I expected I had pages missing as the ending seemed to be incomplete. I wouldn’t recommend this book at all. The time frames were all over the place, and I believe that they were always jumping around and unclear towards the story line, i wasn’t a fan of the way Robert Cormier wrote the book.
Melanie Forbush
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Heroes by Robert Cormier is probably my favorite Cormier novel that I’ve read so far. I enjoy the style of writing and storytelling much better than his others. It’s about a fifteen year old Frenchtown teenager, Francis Cassavant, who enlists in the military with a forged birth certificate to fight in WWII after dealing with a very tragic trauma with Larry LaSalle. You can tell from the very beginning that he seeks revenge because he has come back early from the war injured, with no face as he ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ROBERT CORMIER-- Investigates the nature of sin and justification. They call Cormier a YA Lit genius. He's a dark dark writer, and this book is probably appropriate for the 16 and older crowd. But Heroes probably boasts the most redeemable characters. Good read. Real short-- every word counts.
Sarah Bennett
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: engl-420
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Sean Finnegan
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Almaty International
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recently, I read a book called Heroes, by Robert Cormier. Robert is an American author and journalist known for his novels, which target young adults. His childhood life was mostly reading books, and staying home. Robert was the second of the eight children born to Lucien Joseph and Irma M.Cormier. He has won a number of awards and achievements. For instance, Robert won the Margaret A.Edwards Award, Phoenix Award from the the Children’s Literature Association, and many more, which
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was not as relentlessly dark and depressing as Dr Crowe sold it as, which is funny, but also I can't figure out what makes me think of it as 'not that dark,' I mean, it's all about murder and war and such. Maybe I'm just desensitized. I mean, I just read Romeo and Juliet, so the line between 'contains a lot of suicide' and 'is dark' is pretty conflicted (R&J is not a dark or depressing story and you can fight me on this at a later date if you disagree).
Anyway, there were definitely
Oct 03, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Jonathan Bujambi
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing

This book is about a boy name Francis Cassavant, He fought in the War WorldII when he was still young. The book is called "HEROES"because of the act of heroism Francis did when fell on a grenade to save people's life during the war. francis was in love with Nicole, they met each other at the Wreck center where Larry LaSalle tought kids how to dance and play ping pong. Larry was famous, good with kid and people called him the good "pied piper". One day Larry came back from war, there was many
Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton
For those of us who have never known war, there's something chilling about the post-war experience of those who have. For all the bullet-dodging action heroes that Hollywood produces and America consumes, we rarely get a taste for the horrors that the scarred veteran must face upon return to the home-front. Even when a movie does try to convey that horror, it remains a visual experience.

Robert Cormier's "Heroes" has no such problems. Francis, Cormier's young protagonist, has been marred by war,
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
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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
“It's amazing that the heart makes no noise when it cracks.” 155 likes
“Everybody sins, Francis. The terrible thing is that we love our sins. We love the thing that makes us evil.” 42 likes
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