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There is a fine line between what it means to be a good or bad person and Cormier showed us just how blurred the line can be. An extremely well paced and tightly written narrative which is cleverly set in the 1930s and 1040s, but which retains a timeless element. I would recommend this to 16+ with discussion so that teens don't come awy thinking that all adults are all untrustworthy and dangerous. With only the clothes on his back, and gun in his bag, Francis is set on his final mission- to find the man who betrayed him in his youth, and make him pay for what he did. Although Francis did not enlist as he was not of age when the war began, after Nicole Renard was sexually assaulted and he, mentally traumatized, decided to 'kill himself'.

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.Then he thinks of Nicole one last time, along with the gun in his duffel bag and the possibility of his own suicide.

Cormier is also the author of the award-winning novel, The Chocolate War-- one of the most frequently challenged books in the United States between 1990 and 2000 according to the American Library Association. He dosen't know that Larry lets him win till he finds out , times passes and Francis meats The story is told in flashbacks of Francis’ childhood and his innocent romance with his classmate, Nicole Renard.Francis continuously told himself that as soon as Larry LaSalle moved back into Frenchtown, he would shoot him. Join now to access our Study Guides library, which offers chapter-by-chapter summaries and comprehensive analysis on more than 5,000 literary works from novels to nonfiction to poetry. Eventually, one the veterans, Arthur Rivier, recognizes Francis but agrees to keep his identity secret.

Heroes, published in 1998, is a novel written by American author Robert Cormier who is known for addressing darker subjects in his books for young adults. I loved to read the book because it explains every setting or mood with great detail, that I had a vivid imagination while I was reading some parts of the book.

At first Francis is too shy to even approach Nicole but when she starts dancing at the Wreck Center the two become close.

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