No Fixed Address by Susin NielsenNo Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen

No Fixed Address

bySusin Nielsen

Hardcover | September 11, 2018

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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.
“This is the first day I’ve written in a diary. The reason I am, is ‘cos I love writing stories, and if I do grow up to be a famous writer, and later die, and they want to get a story of my life ... I guess I should keep (one).” SUSIN NIELSEN wrote this poorly constructed sentence when she was eleven years old. And while she isn’t exac...
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Title:No Fixed AddressFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 1.06 inPublished:September 11, 2018Publisher:TundraLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0735262756

ISBN - 13:9780735262751

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fun heart warming story about homelessness Felix never thought of himself as homeless, they were just living in a van temporarily. As his mom spirals into depression Felix makes a life of his own at his new school. Felix is also amazingly good at trivia and when he is asked to compete on a television show he hopes it’s his chance to finally get enough money to help his mom financially. This funny heart warming story will have readers aged eleven and up turning the pages as they cheer him on.
Date published: 2018-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story This is a great story, with tons of emotions. Felix is homeless, though he tries to hide it. He and his mother live in a van. He tries to keep that a secret from his friends, but it keeps coming back to haunt him that he has no address. His biggest fear was that he would be taken from his mother, so he had to keep it a secret. Felix has a modern, complicated family. His parents were never together. His “father” was his mom’s gay friend who was a sperm donor. His grandparents have passed away, and his mom’s brother died of an overdose when she was a teenager. This all makes for a unique situation for Felix. Though he has had many hardships in his young life, Felix works hard toward his goal of being on a trivia game show. I liked his narration style. Felix did a great job of explaining things about his family in an entertaining way. For example, he listed the different kinds of lies his mother tells, and he made acronyms for different things. This is a great middle grade story! I received a copy of this book from the publisher on NetGalley.
Date published: 2018-09-19

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR No Fixed Address: "A well-written work of realism that will be a mirror to some and a window for others. A first purchase." --Starred review, School Library Journal“Felix's deeply engrossing and fully immersive first-person narrative of homelessness is both illuminating and heartbreaking. . . . [I]t's his winsome and affecting determination that will win readers over. An outstanding addition to the inadequate-parent genre.” --Starred review, Kirkus Reviews“It is not often that a novel can provide such a great mix of memorable characters and pertinent, timely themes mixed with a good story and dashes of humour.” --CM Magazine“Though Felix’s wry observations keep things from getting too dark, this is also a straightforward look at the circumstances that can lead to homelessness. Clear-eyed and heartfelt.” --Booklist“Felix is a compelling narrator. . . .  Nielsen’s eye for detail . . . helps bring the story to life.” --Horn Books“This may be a story about poverty and depression, but there’s hope and humour at its heart.” --The Guardian “Susin Nielsen has written another book . . . that will touch the heart of every reader who opens the pages. No Fixed Address will make readers laugh, cry, and ask themselves: could this happen to me?  No Fixed Address is a novel that belongs in every school, from elementary to secondary as well as public libraries.” --Resource Links