No Fixed Address

No Fixed Address

Book - 2018
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"Twelve-and-three-quarters-year-old Felix Knutsson has a 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 can't seem to hold on to a job. So when they get evicted from their latest shabby apartment, they have to move into a van. Astrid swears him to secrecy; he can't tell anyone about their living arrangement, not even Dylan and Winnie, his best friends at his new school. If he does, she warns him, he'll be taken away from her and put in foster care. As their circumstances go from bad to worse, Felix gets a chance to audition for a junior edition of Who, What, Where, When, and he's determined to earn a spot on the show. Winning the cash prize could make everything okay again. But things don't turn out the way he expects.
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780735262751
Branch Call Number: NIELS
Characteristics: 280 pages


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Red Maple Award™ - 2020 : ages 12-14, Grades 7–8 | English, fiction

JessicaGma Mar 13, 2019

As usual, Susin Nielsen hits it out of the park with the heartwarming tale of Felix, who tries so hard to support his mother, but homelessness is terribly stressful. The characters are so wonderful, and there's such hope despite all the obstacles. This is a great book for ages 9-14

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Jun 08, 2020

For a Juvenile Novel I found the topics quite well explained and very relatable. It was fast paced and care free enough that it was a very fun story to follow along with and I have to say the novels main topic of homelessness was very well handled by the author. Each character had their own quirks and views, personalities and judgement. They came across so well that i didn't find it hard to relate to any of them, I very much enjoyed the dynamic between Dylan, Winnie and the Main character Felix - how they had inside jokes their own worries and family lives.

But, the most impressing part of this novel was how the author - Susin Nielsen - handled the topic of homelessness. How she had each character interact with a man on the street, showing what benefits, worries and hardships can make someone become homeless and also how anyone from any background or walk of life can struggle despite all efforts to leave this demographic.

Jan 12, 2020

This book is very interesting book because when people read it they will be on the character’s shoe. For example, This character that you are looking at in this book is Felix so when you read it you will find yourself in to Felix’s shoe. You will find what he is feeling about homelessness and difficulties of keeping it a secret to his schoolmates, friends, and teacher. If you want to learn more if the book, please read the book to find out.

VaughanPLKim Dec 29, 2019

When Felix and his mom find themselves living in a van, he struggles to hide his homelessness from his friends at school. When he gets to compete on a local TV game show, it could be his chance to win enough money for a new home.

Oct 27, 2019

Great story , really liked this book . A gritty story about being homeless , determination , resourcefulness and having good friends . Felix had 2 good school friends who had his back . He also had adults that were willing to help with him and give him hope . And also how he always stood by his Mom , even though she disappointed many times and did wrong things . Would recommend this book for a heart warming , sometimes sad , but touching story .

Aug 07, 2019

This book was a great adventure. I felt very close to Felix and I was rooting for him all the way. I love the style of writing and the use of countless adjectives. Another thing that impressed me about No Fixed Address was how realistic it was. It showed that happy fair tale endings are unrealistic and only happen in rare occasions.

Jul 26, 2019

No Fixed Adress-
I had to read this book for school next year. It is ok for most of the book and a good read until the end when Felix just becomes quite bratty. Kind of a stupid ending, but overall it was just ok.

PimaLib_SamR May 22, 2019

Susin Nielsen’s middle-school novel No Fixed Address brings to the fore a hidden dilemma in modern society: homeless families. After Felix’s mom, Astrid, first loses one of her jobs, then the other, the prospect of spending the summer in a van is, at first, regarded as a camping adventure. But when autumn comes to Vancouver, Canada and Astrid still doesn’t have a steady job, life becomes more precarious.
Sworn to secrecy by his mom, Felix finds it difficult to hide the circumstances of his life: no domicile, in the traditional sense, and the fact that lunch is a hit or miss affair. Then there is the issue of not having a bathroom close to hand, or a proper kitchen.
To make matters worse, Felix, at times, must assume the role of parent because his mother suffers from depression and has sub-standard social skills. Nonetheless, he loves his mother, their bond is strong, and she has imparted to him a wealth of knowledge gleaned from her own desultory education. This disparate knowledge allows Felix to participate on a game show which, if he wins, would permit him and his mother to become renters, once again.
Though Felix’s living arrangements are extraordinary, he is still a kid navigating the pre-teen world. So when things start going awry, will he find the courage to share his truth with his friends, and if so, will his friends stick by him?
Nielsen presents this tenuous existence with wit and compassion. So, open you heart and mind to this moving story of survival on the edge

JCLChrisK May 14, 2019

A tough topic handled delicately--by being about a character and not an issue. Felix is interesting, engaging, and entertaining as a narrator, both honest and flawed enough to be authentic and sympathetic. He tells an enjoyable story that I didn't want to put down.

Tigard_HollyCP Apr 02, 2019

Poignant story about almost 13-year-old Felix and his experience with homelessness. He and his mom live out of a Volkswagen Westfalia, which is pretty nice as vans go, but not so nice as homes go. Felix narrates the story, and most of the book is him relaying his story to a constable at the police station, but you don’t know what has brought him there and whether he and/or his mom may be under suspicion for anything. His mom cannot seem to hold down a job due to her “slumps” and her tendency to say things that lead to her often being fired, which ultimately led to their current situation. Felix has changed schools several times but is ecstatic when his mom lies Felix’s way into a French immersion school where his best friend he hasn’t seen in 2 years attends (actually, the opposite of ecstatic about the lie itself, but he couldn’t be happier with the result of the lie). Though he holds onto hope that his mom will find a job and be able to afford rent, he realizes he may have to be the one to actually make it happen. And when the brand new junior version of his favorite game show comes to town, the opportunity presents himself. With $25,000, they could get a place and be set for at least the next year. Though Felix never expressly says, it is clear that his mother suffers from mental illness (as a former mental health therapist, I would guess depression and probably a personality disorder). The author even manages to include bits on the plight of Syrian refugees, the effect of theft on small business owners, and Felix’s relationship with his gay dad.

Apr 01, 2019

Susin Nielson is an amazing middle grade writer who tackles a variety of difficult subject matters, but makes them very accessible to her younger audiences. This book looks at homelessness and what it means to strive to do good things when you are in a difficult position. Felix is a lovable character, constantly wanting to pay his debts from people he's stolen from. He's starving, but hopeful, and I think he is a character many readers will easily fall in love with.

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