Heroes (1998) is a short novel by American author Robert Cormier aimed at teenagers. The book is set in Frenchtown, New Jersey during World War II. The novel focuses on the protagonist, Francis Joseph Cassavant's return to Frenchtown after coming back disfigured from the war. The book has many themes that deal with revenge and anger, along with the social aspects and people's perception of what a 'hero' actually is. Francis has facial injuries after jumping on a grenade. His highschool crush, Nicole, gets raped by his mentor, Larry LaSalle. Because of this, Francis seeks revenge.
Thanks for visiting my blog and reading my review. I was not sure if you were able to automatically get my reply to your post so I thought I would post it here as well. I also received this book as part of the Amazon Vine program and I let it sit on my gigantic pile of books for too long. I just pulled it out this week and was not horribly impressed, as you could see from my review. I posted it on Amazon.com as well. As of right now, it is the only 2 star review.I found your back and forth with one of the authors in the comments section to be quite enlightening. I actually linked them to my review on my blog. As I said in my review, I am not for hiding the shortcomings of heroes, but I am also not for celebrating those same shortcomings simply because the person is (or was) famous.D
When her brother Hiroki disappears after a violent altercation with bullies, Yuriko finds a magical book in his room. She learns that Hiroki has been possessed by The Book of Heroes, and that only she can save him. With the help of the monk Sky, the dictionary-mouse Aju, and the mysterious Man of Ash, Yuriko has to solve the mystery of her vanished brother and save the world from the evil King in Yellow.
Miyuki Miyabe's first novel was published in 1987, and since that time she has become one of Japan's most popular and best-selling authors. Miyabe's 2007 novel Brave Story won The Batchelder Award for best children's book in translation from the American Library Association. The Book of Heroes is her sixth novel to be translated into English.