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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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May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 18, 2011 added it
i think i like it
Aug 20, 2009 rated it liked it
good so far.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found the book Wounded an amazing book. I think I liked this book the most because it touches on how someones mental health is just as important as their physical well being, which I think is super important. To start off with wounded is about a family of 4 but turns into a family of three for the majority of the time while the dad is over seas in Afghanistan when his platoon gets sent over there to fight in the Army. The family of 3 including a mom, young sister named Megan and a 15 year old ...more
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Ericy Yine
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: november
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
Lisette Jane Tabing
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Yes, I would recommend it.
Recommended to Lisette Jane by: My ESL class read it.
This is the first novel that my ESL class read and I honestly, like and appreciate this novel. The whole story is great. I think that the ending does not satisfied nor disappointed me. I think it is balanced. There are many questions on my mind about the ending but anyway, this book is so much awesome and simple. If Marcus only exists in the world, I want to meet him and be close to him. Same goes for the other characters in the book and Eric Walters, I want to meet them too.

I recommend it to ev
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
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids, non-fiction, apr-13, war
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
Michele Velthuizen
Nov 16, 2010 rated it liked it

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
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
Matthew Whitelaw
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 04, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Rachel Seigel
Oct 22, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Aug 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
A really good book by one of my favourite authours.
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book a lot! It surely didn't take me long to read though it was sad at certain times. I 100% recommend this book, and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
amazing book it warms my heart
Charmaine Puzey
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
really good and realistic :)
i loved it
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama, fiction, pre-teen, war
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.
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It is a really good book to read in grade 7 to 8
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it
it was OK 3.8/5
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Eric was born in Toronto in 1957, which makes him "real old". But, as Eric says, "Just because I have to grow old doesn't mean that I have to grow up!" In his many roles as parent, teacher, social worker, youth sports coach and writer he is in constant contact with children and young adults. He draws from these experiences and feels that this helps him to capture the realistic interaction between ...more
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