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No Fixed Address

Written by: Susin Nielsen
Narrated by: Nissae Isen
Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
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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, 12, 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.

©2018 Susin Nielsen (P)2018 Tundra Books

What the critics say

"A well-written work of realism that will be a mirror to some and a window for others. A first purchase." (School Library Journal, starred review)
 

“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.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
 

“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)

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Relevant, poignant...and fun!

Oh, I adored, Felix! This novel in a warm and thoroughly engaging way hits home (pun intended) with how insidious a slip into homelessness can be. Felix and his mom are living "temporarily" in a Westfalia camper van, and he finds himself doing things he never thought he would--lying, stealing, going to the washroom outside. His mom Astrid loves him to the moon, but struggles with interpersonal relationships and holding down a job. Felix's fortunes begin to look bright when he wins a spot on a TV trivia show. He is the whizziest of whizzes! But with the sky falling all around, will he be able to catch a star before obstacles--and dangers--wreck everything? I listened to the audio book. Young voice actress Nissae Isen (age 21 from Toronto) was amazing! Highly recommended.

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loved it

Really good. Almost made me cry a couple of times. Definitely a good read. I was able to relate with Felix in some ways.

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  • eastnashmom
  • 2020-08-24

For an older teen and up

This book was helpful insight into the world of homeless through the eyes of a 13 year old. But my 5th grader (10 year old) was asked to read it for school. In my opinion, it introduces and implies themes that are way too advanced for a 5th grade reader—-the trials of homelessness itself were portrayed so well, however it was other themes or introduced that I would rather my 10 year not know about yet. And because of the homelessness, there was a constant low level (and sometimes high level) anxiety throughout the book. Good for older teens, not younger.

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  • Chris
  • 2018-10-12

Perspective

Strong characters and voice make this story memorably. The perspective of the main character is raw and believable. Great topic for family discussion.