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Marcus and his family are waiting in anticipation for Marcus's father, a soldier, to come home from Afghanistan. When the day finally comes, the family is happy and relieved that he is safe. Soon, however, Marcus notices that his father may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Now, Marcus must try to convince his father to seek counselling.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Group, 2009
ISBN: 9780143171775
Characteristics: 224 p


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Jul 24, 2013

Eric Walters has yet again succeeded in writing a novel that caught, kept, and used the reader’s attention to tell a story that is so real and so close to us that we barely realize it. We've heard so much about war but never through a perspective like this. Eric Walters tells the story of a teenage boy whose father is serving in Afghanistan. At first, the fright begins to rise in his family, as it had been a long time since they had had contact with the soldier. However as the days run short and Marcus’s father’s tour of duty is over, it is time for him to come back, however the person that came back was not what was expected. Throughout the novel, readers are taken on a journey through the various phases and moods of those who have come from war. After serving for our country, the title and honor they hold and the troubles they face even after they are relieved of their duties. Mr. Walters uses the perspective of a young adult that takes the responsibility of being the lead in the family and taking his father’s spot. However the novel shows us the side of him that is still a kid; waiting for his dad, wanting to spend time with friends, and dealing with the pressure of transitioning into secondary school. The author has caught this perspective well and used it to make the novel run smoother and more interesting. I highly recommend this novel for young teens that are open to the world, but are also looking for a fascinating read.

Nov 19, 2011

This book almost made me cry. Soldiers fighting for peace do so much for us that we hardly ever recognize, once again great job Eric Walters!

Sep 05, 2011

I took out three Eric Walters books at once - Wounded, Alexandria of Africa, and Sketches. They were all amazing! What I really liked about Wounded was that it was different - their aren't a lot of books about the Afghanistan war. I learned a lot about about this current-day isue, and the story was really touching.

tyler1998 May 09, 2011

I really liked the book Wounded, by Eric Walters. Marcus the main charcater has a father is in the Afghanistan war. When the father comes home he is suffering from post-traumatic stress. This story was believable because tons of people die each year in Afghanistan from the war. The characters were believable because there is a family that is worried about the Dad/Husband who is in the war. The setting was believable because the father was in the war in Afghanistan when there is a current war in Afghanistan. The setting thakes pace in Chicago where the family is living. My favourite part of the book was when they thought the Dad died I could feel the suspense! This book reminded me of a video game called Battlefeild Bad Company a group of retired Veterans must go back into battle and they have post traumatic stress.
The rating I would give this book a 7 out of 10. I would recommend this boom to people who like to read about war and suspense.

Apr 29, 2011

This book is my favourite Red Maple book so far. I really like POP and The Agency, but by far this is the best one. It is even better than the Silver Birch books last year.

jessica7809 Apr 15, 2011

i have just started reading this book and i love it already

tahiyahussein Apr 11, 2011

This book showed a great insight on loss and family. I really like this book! It was great!

iluvmonkeys2011 Apr 11, 2011

This book was my first Red Maple book and it was a lot better than the Silver Birch books last year......
Eric Walters's books have a lot of detail. For example Safe as Houses had a lot of pages just describing the flood and how the family got through the whole event but I loved it!!!!
So naturally I loved this book too. I think it's great that someone is letting the world know how horrible it is for military families. I think we should all be understanding when we see someone's family member that just came back from war. I can't imagine how that permanently left a mark in each soldier's mind, gruesome killings, friends dying...

Saucool Apr 11, 2011

This book was a very heart warming book. It was not your average story and it taught me that some people are not as they seem.

spitfires Mar 29, 2011

It is a serious book that envolves real life but it's fiction. It tells the tale of a wounded soldier, not wounded like lost a leg but wounded inside where it drives you insane. Eric Walters, Bravo!!!


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