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Marcus and his sister are counting down the days until their father comes home from Afghanistan. When the big day arrives, the family is overcome by happiness and relief that he is safe, but as the days pass Marcus begins to feel that there is something different about his father. Barely sleeping, obsessed with news from Afghanistan, and overly aggressive, his dad refuses...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Penguin Canada
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Sarah
Wounded was one of the books that I thought would have things that would be too boring to read-but I was wrong. Wounded brings into a life of a boy who has a parent in the was of Afghanistan. It really tells you the story how just normal people who's parents aren't in the military just don't get it. How hard it can be if a death has been reported, injuries, and just how their doing. So the main character Marcus's dad is in the war of Afghanistan- Special Forces, about one of the most dangerous p...more
Hardi
Jan 18, 2011 Hardi added it
i think i like it
Lucielle
good so far.
Ericy Yine
This book is about this boy, Marcus, who's father has gone out to war in Afghanistan as part of the Special Forces. Each day Marcus and rest of his family await for his return. Meanwhile, Marcus starts dating his crush. Tragically, her father died in the conflict and put a grave sadness over all of them. As a reminder that the unthinkable might also happen to Marcus, he awaits with worry, as they have not heard from his father in months. *Spoiler* Marcus's dad returns safely back, but comes back...more
Louise
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Penguin Group Canada|April 20, 2010|Mass Market Paperbound|ISBN: 978-0-14-317178-2

Marcus and his sister are counting down the days until their father comes home from Afghanistan. When the big day arrives, the family is overcome by happiness and relief that he is safe, but as the days pass Marcus begins to feel that there is something different about his father. Barely sleeping, obsessed with news from Afghanistan, and overly aggressive, his dad refuses to seek counselling. Marc...more
Me
This book needed to be written.

Personally I remember parents trying to convince their children that being a soldier is not a good job. They don't want to see their child hurt, or coming back dead. However there's so little emphasis on the fact that no soldier ever returns un-wounded.

Wounded focuses on the fact that soldiers will suffer from PTSD. They do what they need to do, and they choose the hard life. Most people think that when a soldier comes home their safe. However they're not safe fro...more
Natalie
This book is about a boy named Marcus. His father is a solider fighting for where Marcus' family, friends and just innocent people live. This is something that Marcus is happy about in his father. But with all drama filled novels, there comes a wave of depression and sadness that overcomes the characters involved. Basically Marcus, his sister and his mother (wife of dad) is obviously lonely without their father/significant other. But as we know, all BAD things must come to an end because Marcus'...more
Ubalstecha
Eric Walters is one of my favourite authors for young adults. His books are topical and attractive to the boys I teach. This latest book deals with how the war in Afghanistan is affecting families back home. We see the affect a death has on a military family, as well as the main character dealing with his father's return from Afghanistan. The youth in the book deal with a father suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as their own issues around fear of loss.

The only criticism I ha...more
Douglas
Marcus and his family are waiting for his dad to come home from a mission in Afghanistan. His dad finally returns and all is good. But, over time, Marcus senses something strange about his father. He tries to get him counselling to treat his disorder but he refuses.

I picked up this book because I really wanted a level four to be honest. It was randomly picked off the war/historic fiction shelf; a shelf I barely even look at.

I finished this book because I wanted to train myself to read "less inte...more
Jennifer
This book is a story about a boy named Marcus who although being a typical teenager has the added responsibility of being "the man around the house" while his dad is on duty in Afghanistan. He father is a soldier for Canada and is part of a special forces team that is attempting to find the Taliban. Even though the war is miles away, Marcus and his family and friends are deeply affected. Marcus himself sacrifices a lot to fill in for his dad while he is away and also witnesses his best friend Co...more
Westcoast_girl
This book is good because it can be read and appreciated by military and civilian families alike.
The book manages to touch on tough issues such as the war in Afghanistan, having an absent father, and PTSD in an honest yet thoughtful and considerate way. You never see Marcus and his family as victims which is very important.
As part of a very pro-peace family, I thought I would have more issues with this book than I did. Instead of feeling distant or in disagreement with this book, I actually fe...more
Michele Velthuizen


Interest level: 6th+ Reading level: medium Genre: realistic fiction, war, post-traumatic syndrome, soldiers, Afghanistan. I picked this book up after reading the first quote: "In war, there are no unwounded soldiers." Marcus' father is a Canadian special forces soldier fighting in Afghanistan, and his absence is putting a huge strain on the family who worry about him and await eagerly for his safe return. But when he does return - physically uninjured to everyone's relief - Marcus soon finds out...more
Matthew Whitelaw
Marcus and his sister are counting down the days until their father comes home from Afghanistan. When the big day arrives, the family is overcome by happiness and relief that he is safe, but as the days pass Marcus begins to feel that there is something different about his father. Barely sleeping, obsessed with news from Afghanistan, and overly aggressive, his dad refuses to seek counselling. Marcus knows post-traumatic stress disorder affects many soldiers, and he needs to get his dad some help...more
Stephanie
This book did a decent job of portraying the different struggles that military families have. It also has a good message about recognizing the need of counseling when a solider has been mentally wounded.

It is a very quick read - almost at the sacrifice of a stronger plot. I felt that the ending sort of left some general questions that arise in the book unanswered.

Overall, I would recommend this book for readers interested in current social issues, PTSD, or military issues.
Joshua Anthony
I really enjoyed reading this book in my grade 7 class and writing responses. The book was great but I think that it could of had a better ending then just Marcus' farther agreeing with him that he should go get help. Otherwise everything that happened in the book helped make the book really amazing to read.
Rachel Seigel
As always, Eric Walters tackles a tough aspect of war- what many soliders face upon their return to civilization. This book will be great for lit circles, and discussions about post traumatic stress syndrome as well as the impact on the families of having loved ones away, as well their return.
Grlpwr00
I THOUGHT THAT THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING!!! IT WAS WELL WRITTEN AND CAPTURED MY attention. I WOULD GIVE IT FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS BECAUSE THE WAY IT WAS WRITTEN I COULD ALWAYS FEEL OR UNDERSTAND HOW THE CHARACTERS WERE FEELING AND I COULD VISUALIZE EACH PAGE.
I READ IT IN ABOUT 3 OR 4 HOURS
Tara
A read aloud with the grade sixes. I really enjoyed this depiction of Terry Fox. It was very true to the character and yet still lovable. The fictionalization did not take away from the Marathon of Hope and the dialogue was great.
Sabrina *The REAL Princess*
This book was good enough. It tells what happens to a military family and how there are numerous ways to be wounded. However some parts were extremly boring, so read it but do not have high expectations.
Kate
I really enjoyed this book. It gives readers an insight on a family who's member(s) are in the war and how their lives changed. It was very moving and I would recomend anyone to read it.
Charmaine Puzey
It wasn't the story that was so great (it was good tho) it was what I learned. The appreciation for the soldiers and especially their families.
Jayden Haha
i need it!!!!!!!!!!Wounded
Timmy
amazing book since i plan on joining the army i love this kind of books and ya great freakin book
Jessica
not a very good ending i thought. i did not like the way it was written. not my favorite author
Jack Maxwell
it wasn't that good very slow and the ending makes no sense, only a tiney bit a action
Rick
A book aimed at youth, but still a powerful, relevant story. Recommended.
Lucy
Great for junior high/early high school. Interesting and thorough.
Linda
A really good book by one of my favourite authours.
Amanda
awesome so far...
I really enjoyed reading this book
Jaemin
It is a really good book to read in grade 7 to 8
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