No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen

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 Au...


Details No Fixed Address

TitleNo Fixed Address
ISBN9780735262751
Author
Release DateSep 11th, 2018
PublisherTundra Books (NY)
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult, Social Issues, Poverty, Fiction, Contemporary, Mental Health, Mental Illness
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Reviews No Fixed Address

  • Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
    1970-01-01
    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 f...
  • Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
    1970-01-01
    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 f...
  • Ms. Yingling
    1970-01-01
    E ARC from Netgalley.comFelix 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 bri...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    1970-01-01
    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. ...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    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 t...
  • ♡ Kayleigh ⚯͛
    1970-01-01
    ♡ blog ♡ bookstagram "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 practis...
  • Colleen
    1970-01-01
    *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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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 Dyl...
  • Kirsty
    1970-01-01
    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 homeles...
  • Karen Barber
    1970-01-01
    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 becau...
  • Tracey
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Nikki
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Dawna Richardson
    1970-01-01
    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 th...
  • Angie
    1970-01-01
    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. T...
  • Jean Kirby
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • KWinks
    1970-01-01
    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 ar...
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    Excellent story about the “hidden homeless”, people without a permanent address. This is a great read and would be a great class read aloud for upper elementary and middle school.
  • Kate
    1970-01-01
    I received an arc of this book at YALC.This wasn’t bad or anything, it just really wasn’t for me. I think I’m far too old and I ended up finding it slower than I’d expected and some parts seemed too convenient and unrealistic. I posted a full review here: https://bookloverkate.wordpress.com/2...
  • Steven R. McEvoy
    1970-01-01
    I became interested in this book because of a shout put by Arthur Slade. He spoke so highly about it, I knew I had to give it a read. Being completely honest I had not encountered any of Susin Neilsen's works before giving this one a read, even in my years as a bookseller. As an introduction to her works this book was an incredible read. Once I started reading I could hardly put it down. This book is moving. It does an amazing job of capturing li...
  • Diane
    1970-01-01
    “Some kids grow up with scary stories about monsters, or ghosts, or bogeymen under the bed. My scary stories were about the MCFD. And unlike the ones about monsters, ghosts and bogeymen, these stories weren’t make-believe.”**Felix and Astrid are doing okay, not great, but okay. Currently, they are living in a van ... but that’s only temporary (according to Astrid, Felix’s mom). All Astrid needs to do is find a job (and keep it) and they...
  • Cheriee Weichel
    1970-01-01
    Susan Nielsen creates beautiful characters: individuals you believe in and care about. Felix and his mother, Astrid, are homeless. We learn this from the get go. The rest is the revealing of what happened to get them to this place and what might happen next.I got my digital copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I've never been homeless, but I have met people who, through no fault of their own, have ended up there. Her...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to @randomhousekids and @kidlitexchange for a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.This is a book you truly need to read the moment it is released on 9.11.18! Felix’s story will grab you from the very first page. We immediately feel his fear about being in a police station and being questioned by a kind, but nonetheless police officer, about his iffy living arrangements and about his quirky, but loving mom. We learn about...
  • Chris
    1970-01-01
    I received my copy of No Fixed Address from the publisher through NetGalley.This is the first book I've read by Nielsen, and I really enjoyed it. Some of her other books, like The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, look great. I definitely want to read that at some point.The book is about tweenage Felix and his mother, Astrid. After a series of events, they experience homelessness. Most of the book is about their struggle with daily life and h...
  • Siobhan
    1970-01-01
    No Fixed Address is a powerful YA novel about a boy who lives in a van with his mum and his pet gerbil, and his attempt to win a game show in order to get them a home. Felix is nearly thirteen and does a French immersion programme at his new school. What his classmates and teachers mustn't know is that he lives in a van, showers weekly at the community centre, and is always hungry. When there are auditions for a junior edition of his favourite ga...
  • Dianad0018
    1970-01-01
    3.5There might not be a happy ending, but a better ending sure exists.This book talks about a main social problem, of a family with financial difficulty which turned their life around and made them live in a van. This not only affected their lifestyle, but persona. Having to lie to friends to hide the truth, because not many will understand and feel sympathetic. Having to protect last of what you have, like your image and your pride... it's a tou...
  • Lizz Axnick
    1970-01-01
    I wanted to love this book. I really, really did. I just couldn't get past the bad parenting decisions made by Felix's mother and the constant horrible example she set for him by constantly stealing, being rude to people and getting fired and refusal to reach out for services so her son isn't living in a van in the winter!Felix is an incredibly sympathetic and charismatic person. He loves his mother but he does not agree with her methods of paren...
  • Dawn Woods
    1970-01-01
    The book starts at the end of the story and Felix takes the reader back to how he got into this situation. Although it is never stated and certainly not an issue, Felix probably has higher than average autistic tendencies - he is literal and has an amazing memory for facts.Felix accepts his Mum's story about moving homes, although notes some strange decisions he is unable to understand. As the novel progresses he begins to piece together more rea...
  • Tracy
    1970-01-01
    I received a review copy from the Kid Lit Exchange. All opinions are my own.There is some middle grade that I slog through even though I think the book will be perfectly wonderful for young readers. Then there are books like NO FIXED ADDRESS, which are so fun to read as an adult AND that I think will be great for young readers. NO FIXED ADDRESSED is about Felix, a mixed-race boy who temporarily becomes homeless while his single mother is between ...