From beloved Governor General Literary Award--winning author Susin Nielsen comes a touching and funny middle-grade story about family, friendship and growing up when you're one step away from homelessness.Felix Knuttson, twelve, is an endearing kid with an incredible brain for trivia. His mom Astrid is loving but unreliable; she can't hold onto a job, or a home. When they lose their apartment in Vancouver, they move into a camper van, just for August, till Astrid finds a job. September comes, they're still in the van; Felix must keep "home" a secret and give a fake address in order to enroll in school. Luckily, he finds true friends. As the weeks pass and life becomes grim, he struggles not to let anyone know how precarious his situation is. When he gets to compete on a national quiz show, Felix is determined to win -- the cash prize will bring them a home. Their luck is about to change! But what happens is not at all what Felix expected....
|Title||:||No Fixed Address|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
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No Fixed Address Reviews
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If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would. As always Susin writes wonderfully flawed characters in an honest and non judgmental way while tackling serious issues. Her ability to balance the heartbreaking with the uplifting never ceases to amaze me.
I am always so thankful for the books she writes.
You never really know how much your address means to you until you don't have one...
Meet Felix. He's a 12 year old who loves trivia, French, and most of all his mom ( who insits he call her Astrid). Unfortunately they're currently homeless. He does everything he can to keep his head up and live his best life.
Wow! Susin Nielsen packs a lot into her books and No Fixed Address is no exception.
Felix was a wonderful character. He was smart, real, kind, caring and incredibly moral. The fact that he ac ...more
By pure happenstance of library availability, I read Just Under the Clouds and No Fixed Address back-to-back. Although both books cover the topic of homelessness, feature protagonists of similar age, and are considered middle-grade (I'll get back to that point), they are vastly different stories. Address confronts the issue; Clouds obfuscates.
Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom introduced me to Susin Nielsen's sharp, quirky characters and witty narrative voice. There is no exception with F ...more
This is the first book by Susin Nielsen I have read and it will not be the last! This book tackles the topic of homelessness, a parent barely able to take care of herself, and her son who holds it together during really tough times. Felix is a great character...vulnerable, intelligent, and resourceful. But reading from the perspective of a homeless child made me really think about this issue. Great book for a classroom library and a book group because you want to talk after finishing this one!
I spent a good deal reading this book angry at the mother. Then I realized that I had no way to empathize with her, no way to understand that some have so much heartbreak in their lives that it plays out in their choices even as a parent. But this is really about the parent Astrid's son, twelve-year-old Felix Knutsson. Underlying the story is Felix's knack for trivia. His favorite game show is Who What Where When; he even named his gerbil after the host. Felix’s mom, Astrid, is loving but cannot ...more
Nielson writes about the important subjects of hidden homelessness, depression and poverty in a powerfully authentic and funny way. I adored Felix. His wit, kindness, humour and nerdiness are utterly charming, and the loyalty he has for his mother is as beautiful as it is heartbreaking. A truly important story about hidden homelessness, beautifully told. I absolutely loved this novel.
My thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House UK Children’s Publishers for a review copy of this one.
This was such a wonderful wonderful read for me—heart-breaking, and cute, and making me smile a little all at the same time. The story is told in the voice of twelve-and-three-quarters-year-old Felix Knutsson, who lives with his single mother, Astrid (she insists he calls her by name) in a Westfalia van. They have seen a change in fortunes from a time when they were doing ok and had a home, to ...more
This is a story about a 12-year-old boy and his mom. They're a regular, small family except that they live in a van on the streets of Vancouver. It’s an adorable book about homelessness, friendship and the bond between a mother and her son. It was a wonderful read. Once I started reading I could hardly put it down. Each character is well done and believable. It has fun moments, truly devastating moments and overall never gets boring. My only complaint is that the ending is a bit far-fetched and ...more