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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. Heroes and 17 other books were challenged by Richard and Alice Ess, founders of the Fairfax County, Virginia group Parents Against Bad Book in Schools. As the two men talk, Francis confesses that the true reason he went to war was because he wanted to die, and then he reveals that he witnessed the rape. I knew one day I'd revisit this superb author and get to the titles I had yet to read, and as it turns out, Heroes is the first.

After Lassal lets Francis win a ping pong tournament, Francis overhears him rape Nicole and Nicole rages that Francis did nothing to stop it. The story moves back to before the war when Larry Lasalle arrives in Frenchtown and is loved by everyone.Under Larry’s leadership, the children of Frenchtown flooded the Wreck Center; Larry had a special talent for making even the most quiet children feel appreciated and talented. Marie-Blanche is the murdered bride whose gruesome wedding led to the closure of Grenier’s Hall, the precursor to the Wreck Center. He decided against jumping off the chapel top, and instead lied into the army and some time in the war threw himself on top of a grenade.

When they run out of conversation topics, Francis asks to see Nicole again, and she declines and leaves. Francis signs up to become a soldier at the age of fifteen and is brutally injured when a bomb blows off his face. I felt that Larry had got his deserved fate when he lost his legs because it meant he could no longer be the Larry LaSalle he was (strutting about like Fred Astaire and with an air of self-confidence) and LaSalle is described as a shadow of who he used to be. Where other war veterans are thinking of ways to get their lives back together, Francis has other things on his mind. Now go ahead and look into my eyes and tell me that if you read a blurb about a soldier with no face coming back to his hometown to murder someone, you wouldn't be interested in picking the book up.

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. After reading through half the book for my English GCSE's, I decided to finish it off just listening to its audiobook, I give this book a five out of five. The building was closed and then repurposed as a community center by people hired as part of a municipal program created by the “New Deal” during the Depression. He dosen't know that Larry lets him win till he finds out , times passes and Francis meats a new girl arrivies at St Jude's who falls in love with.

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