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No Fixed Address

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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
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Tundra Books (NY)
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Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
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
❤️ Book Diva ❤️
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very light and fast read but did enjoy it.
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,
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
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
Ms. Yingling
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Felix Knuttsen and his single mother Astrid move around a bit in Vancouver because Astrid finds it hard to keep a job after her career teaching art founders. After the death of her mother, Felix's Mormor, it's been hard for the two to maintain homes as well. When her latest boyfriend, Abelard, decides to go to India, Felix is glad to see him go, but it means that the only place he has to live is the Westfalia van after briefly landing with a friend, Soleil. Since it's Aug
Nov 25, 2018 added it
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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
I loved this book. I picked it up on Sunday night and ended up finishing it before I went to bed. I couldn't quit reading about Felix and his life living in a van. While he knows it's "only temporary" (at least, that's what his mom Astrid says, but it has been four months by now), he is getting tired of it. He would like to live in a place with heat. A toilet. Some doors that close. Those things don't seem like too much to ask. And while the van started off as an adventure, an extended summer va ...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
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
There were aspects of this book that I liked, and there were aspects of it that I didn't. I liked watching how Felix dealt with his situation emotionally, how he loved his mother but got angry with her, how he operated in and normalized a situation that was very abnormal to those around him, how he was embarrassed, afraid, and ashamed because of potential responses of those around him. All of those were very nice.

I did not, however, like the oversimplification of poverty. There was this constant
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Meet Felix Knutsson, the charming, earnest protagonist at the helm of No Fixed Address. As one might infer from the title, this book is about life in a Westfalia van. In other words, it is a story about homelessness. But, even more than that, Susin Nielsen's novel is about friendship, the transition into adolescence, and the strong bond between a mother and her son.
Felix narrates the tale of his mother, Astrid's cyclical "Slumps," their efforts to make ends meet, and his quest for the title of J
♥ Kayleigh Kehoe ⚜ (Awkword Reviews)✍

"But now I'm learning to have faith in something new. Something my mom stopped having faith in a long time ago. Other people."

I cannot tell you HOW MUCH I loved this book. It was simple, informative, and intensely entertaining. Felix and his mother's plight was heart wrenching as bad luck crashes over them again and again.

Felix is like a child version of Sherlock Holmes, but instead of the art of deduction, the practise is points of observation, and instead of figuring ou
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
*Big thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the review copy.*

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.
Vikki VanSickle
Another fab middle grade story from Susin Nielsen. A thoughtful examination of homelessness and family dynamics, with plenty of great characters, one-liners, and hope.
Laura Gardner
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ALL THE STARS for this absolutely amazing book by Canadian author @susinnielsen. Many thanks to the @kidlitexchange network and @randomhousekids for this ARC (#partner); all opinions are my own.
Felix is almost thirteen, loves a game show called Who, What, Where, When and has a loving, but eccentric mom, Astrid. Oh, and they're homeless. They live in a (stolen) van. Felix can't tell anyone about his situation -- not his best friends Dylan and Winnie and not his teachers. As his situati
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. No Fixed Address is now available to purchase or request from your local library.

Felix and his mom, Astrid, are definitely having a hard time. After a few failed living arrangements and the fact that Astrid struggles to keep a steady job, the two find themselves moving into a stolen Volkswagen Westfalia van. For four month, they do what they can to scrap by and carry on with their life. Felix is enrolled in Fre
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I picked up a proof copy at the NYA Literary Festival.

I really enjoyed this book. The story follows Felix and his mother Astrid. Astrid struggles to keep a job and as a result, she and Felix end up living in a van. Felix finds it difficult to keep this a secret from his friends and enters a TV game show in the hope that he will be able to help his family if he wins.

I thought that this book dealt with some very important topics including homelessness, mental health, and friendship. I also liked
Karen Barber
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
With echoes of Slumdog Millionaire, this is a heartwarming story that looks at an increasing problem in modern times.
Felix and his mother are having an adventure, she says. Having been asked to leave their apartment, they are going to live in a van. That is not an adventure, it’s desperate. Astrid, Felix’s mother, makes him promise not to let anyone know their circumstances.
Astrid has some mental health issues. She irritated me at times because her behaviour was so selfish. She didn’t seem to co
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Adorable middle grade book that deals with homelessness, mental health, friendship, and how society deals with these issues.

Felix aged 12 and 3/4, lives with his mother Astrid. After Astrid loses her job and they lose their home, they find themselves "between places". Felix misses having a bathroom (among other things), but Astrid assures him it's only temporary, an adventure, she'll find a job, they'll get a home soon.

Felix loves Astrid, but as the book progresses we learn more about their rel
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to win a copy of No Fixed Address at YALC, and I’m so glad I did as I gave 4.5 stars to this awesome and cute and touching middle grade story.

I loved Felix’s story and how the author really brought home the realities of his situation - not just being “between places”, but his relationship with his mum (and hers with the truth!), as well as what a kids goes through to fit in. I’ve actually had discussions with people about how hard it is on kids when their parents can’t afford
Dawna Richardson
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Felix is your typical middle school kid except for one little thing. He and his mom live in a van. It was supposed to be temporary, but as the months go by it becomes more of the norm. His mom Astrid has slumps and can't keep a job. Despite the fact that Felix has no fixed address or place to call home he is doing pretty well. He is enrolled in a French immersion school and has reconnected with his best friend. He even has a girl friend Winnie. The icing on the cake is the audition for his favor ...more
Anita Daher
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jean Kirby
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is another exciting read from Susin Nielsen. After the last book, "Optimists Die first",which was fantastic, I didn't expect to like this one as much, but it is great!
The story follows a young boy whose life goes downhill as his mother's finances go from bad to worse. They end up sleeping & living in a van. He tries to maintain a normal life and lies about his circumstances. Things get worse as he realises that his mother is not being very responsible and he has to be the responsible "
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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
Alex Peachman
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
13-year-old Felix and his mum are 'between homes' and the only solution is for them to live in a camper van that belongs to one of his mum's hopeless boyfriends. How long can Felix keep the secret of his homelessness from his school friends, his family and the authorities?
I love Susin Nielsen's writing style - it's so chatty, interesting and funny that it's hardly like reading at all, more like an old friend telling you a really good story.
The characters are great, even Felix's mum, Astrid. Sh
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous! One of the best books I have read all year. Felix and his mother live in a Westfalia and are making the best of a temporary situation...until it starts to stop feeling temporary. I thought Nielsen handled this perfectly, she shows the difficulty of being one the "hidden homeless" but there are moments when the future is just full of hope.
There is a line in the book about Astrid and Daniel being "good people" and also confirming that are just not "good parents". I almost sobbed.
I love
Mortisha Cassavetes
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Wow! I loved this book. What an amazing coming of age story. The book follows Felix and his mom and how they are having hard times which they become homeless. Felix just wants a normal life like his friends. His mother is suffering from mental health issues and Felix is suffering right along with her even getting sick from sleeping in a cold van. I don't want to go into the story more as to not spoil it but I highly recommend it to everyone.
Moriah Conant
What a beautiful and new story this is!
Felix and his mom Astrid find themselves not *technically* homeless but after four months go by, Felix starts to suspect a fix might not be as easy as his mom thinks.

“No Fixed Address” starts conversations about homelessness, the price of housing, and the systems we have in place to help people (spoiler alert: they don’t always work great).

I would definitely recommend reading this book.
Jenny Manzer
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once again Susin Nielsen finds the perfect middle-grade balance of comedy, tragedy and suspense. Her books manage to be funny yet poignant, current yet timeless. I love the fact that this book is set in Vancouver, too, a beautiful place where many families are being priced out of having a home. Felix and his mother, Astrid, are appealing, eccentric characters you won't soon forget.
Heather Laskos
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was hilarious and touching. Felix is a smart, empathetic pre-teen who finds himself homeless, living in a van, with his mother. He has plans to change this though when he is accepted as a contestant on his favorite trivia show. Things don't always go as Felix or his mother plan, however they learn the richness of allowing others into their lives.
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Susin got her start feeding cast and crew on the popular television series, Degrassi Junior High. They hated her food, but they saw a spark in her writing. Nielsen went on to pen sixteen episodes of the hit TV show. Since then, Nielsen has written for over 20 Canadian TV series. Her first young adult novel, Word Nerd, was published in 2008 to critical acclaim. It won multiple Young Readers’ Choice ...more