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No Fixed Address

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
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ISBN : 9780735262751
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages
Status : Available For Download
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No Fixed Address Reviews

  • Colleen

    After hitting a rough patch financially, 12-year old Felix and his mom, Astrid, find themselves living in a van. Astrid assures Felix that it’s just temporary, but as time goes on Felix finds it increasingly difficult to deal with their situation. Felix is quirky, intelligent, and in many ways far more mature than his mother… and by the time they’ve put in three months of living in the van, all the poor kid wants is a toilet and his frustration with his mom justifiably increases.

    I really liked t
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  • Tatiana

    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
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  • Lola

    I admire the hell out of Susin Nielsen for tackling the topics she does. It isn’t easy to talk about controversial subjects like poverty and homelessness to a middle grade audience. And yet, Susin Nielsen tries… and, in my opinion, does a superb job of discussing them.

    What I like most is that she doesn’t simply throw us in a situation. Yes, Felix is living in a van and that’s a problem, but the author takes us back to the beginning to make us understand how this boy and his mother Astrid lost e
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  • Dawna Richardson

    I received an ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The book is due to be published on September 11, 2018 and I am going to make sure I have a hard copy in hand as soon after it’s released as possible.

    I loved this book!!!

    Well, I cried over this book and I laughed at other parts.

    It is a story that is played out in one form or another far too often in our country, and in others.

    Through no—or little—fault of their own, twelve year old Felix and his mom Astrid find t
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  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm

    Susin Nielsen, you've done it again!! A few years ago I unabashedly gushed over her We Are All Made of Molecules so, readers, be prepared because there's a strong chance of gushing in the forecast for her latest book, No Fixed Address (a book I read in one day). The story focuses on the life Felix, a 12-year-old boy who loves trivia, his gerbil, Horatio and his mom, Astrid. They're a regular, small family except that they live in a van. They are one of the unseen homeless.

    With No Fixed Address,

    "I'm fifty percent Swedish, twenty-five percent Haitian, twenty-five percent French. Add it up and it equals one hundred percent Canadian."


    But while there is an assortment of backgrounds/beliefs/ethnicities to her characters, the focus remains on the issues, the plot and her complex main characters.

    Felix is smart, kind, quirky and has more on his plate than most kids his age. With more than a little ingenuity and strength, he struggles to take care of his mom, get his own basic needs met, go to school and hide their secret. He finds strength in his friendships with Dylan and the very Hermione-like Winnie Wu, his love of learning and his plan to compete on his favourite trivia show and win enough money to bring him and Astrid out of poverty. Through it all, you know Felix loves his mom, but you also see his growing frustration with their situation and his inability to care for himself during his mother's long emotional 'Slumps'.

    Astrid is a complicated character. You know she won't be in the running for Mother of the Year, nor is she the worst of the bunch, but you understand her fierce love for her son even though her behaviours were deeply flawed and often unethical/illegal.

    This story will tug at your heart strings and will open your eyes to the issue of homelessness in Canada and how easily one's circumstances can change from home owner to homeless. Sprinkled liberally with great Canadian culture, this is a touching story about poverty, friendship, family and hope. ...more

  • LeeAnne

    Wow. Finishing this book in a day has left me a little breathless. First, I love the voice of the main character, Felix; it is fabulous. I loved the way the book began, with him being “interrogated” in the police station. As the first chapter wraps up, Felix agrees to tell his story to Constable Lee. From there, we go back in time to August, with a few side-tracks that help the story along and provide some background and some humor. Felix has to explain their last few housing arrangements, and t ...more

  • Samantha (WLABB)

    Another Nielsen book, another winner for me. I am so happy I discovered Susin Nielsen, because every one of her books end up on the "makes-me-happy" list. She has done it once again with No Fixed Address, which was, as intrepid reporter Winnie Wu stated in the book, a feel-good story.

    • Pro: Nielsen does so many things well in her books, but most importantly, she crafts these incredible characters. Felix was one of those incredible characters. The kid won my heart as soon as he described himself
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  • Sandy

    Felix has finally arrived at the school of his dreams. With a great French immersion program, his mother’s lies and their home on wheels, Felix can now take advantage of this opportunity. Reconnecting with Dylan, a previous great friend who now attends the school, the two boys are quite the team. An opportunity to join the school newspaper has the boys joining up with Winnie, to add some French to the tabloid.

    Winnie’s serious mannerism changes slowly as she spends more time with the boys. I like
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