Robert Cormier

Teachers and parents! Struggling with distance learning? Our Teacher Edition on Heroes can help.

The Wreck Center

The “Wreck Center” (the nickname for Monument’s recreation center) symbolizes the danger of attempting to disguise or bury internal pain and trauma instead of confronting it. Even though the Wreck Center has been renovated and…

read analysis of The Wreck Center

The Duffel Bag

Francis’s duffel bag, though it only appears a few times throughout the novel, is a symbol for the choices Francis must make upon his return home from the war. Literally, the duffel is the baggage…

read analysis of The Duffel Bag