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stars but as I couldn't give it that, I've given it 4 stars because it definitely leans more towards four than three on the star spectrum. This novel portrays the dilemma of taking justice into your own hands or showing mercy to someone who also happens to have a huge influence on your life but committed such an immoral act. Remember when I said Francis almost sacrificed his life, fell onto a grenade, and tried to “shield” his comrades from a grenade explosion? When Francis protests, Larry explains how he wants to have one last dance alone with Nicole, his star pupil.

Larry was intriguing, I would have liked to know more about him as I feel that he was putting on a show for Francis, whether that be by being overly dramatic or frightening. Where other war veterans are thinking of ways to get their lives back together, Francis has other things on his mind. Nicole moves to Frenchtown in the seventh grade and eventually becomes Francis’ childhood sweetheart and Larry LaSalle’s star dance pupil. Larry asks a question near to the end of the book that captures the book's central theme perfectly, "Does that one sin of mine wipe away all the good things? and he is the main focus of Francis's mission due to his treatment and abuse of Nicole, but after his encounter with Francis, he ends up committing suicide himself.This is a great book for older and younger readers alike as it provides plenty of opportunity for discussion on these important topics - it is remarkably complex despite its shortness, and I'm not surprised to learn that it's been included on the GCSE curricula. At the bar, the other veterans talk eagerly of their future plans now that the war is over, but never of their experiences overseas.

I absolutely recommend this book to young adults because it “will” really help them understand the true reason of life. I used to adore YA books, with cliché romance plots and heartwarming love stories to more sort of philosophical books, which most of the stories took part in 20th century america.That's when you get the burning tenseness in your stomach; when you really want him to succeed, but's scared something will go awry. He is the keeper of the “Frenchtown Warriors” scrapbook: a collection of news clippings about the young men of Frenchtown who fought in World War II. Larry LaSalle is charismatic and popular, known for encouraging fellow townspeople to dance, play sports, and join other group activities to bring the community together. Francis can’t bring himself to make good on his plan to avenge Nicole by killing Larry and so he walks away. His books are supposed to be twisty and well-written (some are required in many high school curricula); and 3.

Throughout the book Francis's main mission is to wait for Larry LaSalle to come back to Frenchtown so he can shoot with a gun he carries in his duffel bag in revenge for LaSalle assaulting Nicole. After Lassal lets Francis win a ping pong tournament, Francis overhears him rape Nicole and Nicole rages that Francis did nothing to stop it. 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. 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.There is a touch of Gatsby in the attractive, mysterious figure of LaSalle who shines in the depression hit community and a clever intertwining of trust and betrayal throughout the novel. This mini-review was part of a series of 7 mini-reviews of short YA books I wrote for a post over at our blog, The Readventurer. Francis' motivation becomes clear quite early on in the story, but the way Cormier makes you hate the antagonists, then makes you doubt that he's really a bad guy; does he really deserve what's coming? 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.

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