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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,
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Tundra Books (NY)
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Cristina Monica
I admire the hell out of Susin Nielsen for tackling the topics she does. It isn’t easy to talk about controversial subjects like poverty and homelessness to a middle grade audience. And yet, Susin Nielsen tries… and, in my opinion, does a superb job of discussing them.

What I like most is that she doesn’t simply throw us in a situation. Yes, Felix is living in a van and that’s a problem, but the author takes us back to the beginning to make us understand how this boy and his mother Astrid lost e
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Mel (Epic Reading)
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are difficult topics and there are ones where socially we like to pretend they don't exist. Susin Nielsen has brought a hard topic, children who are homeless, to the forefront. Set in Vancouver, the homeless capital of Canada due to it's temperate weather, No Fixed Address is a moving and tear jerking story. I'm not a crier, and I tend to dislike books that are written to intentionally make readers cry (John Green and I are not friends). The difference here is that I wasn't crying by the e ...more
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
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Corinne
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Felix leads the whole story. And beautifully...
I felt like he was a real person all along the novel. I fully understood his needs and emotions, and can share some of his life experience also.
He was very much alive.
I love the end, the last sentence is : "And I am choosing to believe"
Whispering Stories
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com

Twelve-year-old Felix lives in a van with his mum Astrid in Vancouver, Canada. They used to live with his Grandmother but when she died they had to move into an apartment, but then they lost that and moved around into smaller places until they ended up living in the van.

Astrid suffers from depression and so keeping a job is hard for her meaning that they never manage to save up enough money to find a place of their own. Felix is attending school but he h
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Bookread2day
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No Fixed Address is about being homeless, people who don't have a permanent home, but don't sleep rough, but may find places to stay with friends or family, sleeping in a spare room, or basement or on a sofa. Some people maybe on a waiting list for social housing for a while, living in hostels or bed and breakfast that the local authorities provide.

In No Fixed Address

I found it a a very tough, touching novel, feeling sorry for young Felix with no proper home to live in and keeping it a secret.
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❤️ 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,
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Skip
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Following the death of his grandmother and some untenable interim arrangements with his mother Astrid's boyfriend and another friend, Felix and Astrid find themselves living in a Westphalia camper van, because Vancouver is expensive. Astrid has some psychological issues, and cannot keep a steady job either, but she manages to get Felix into a prestigious school, using some guile. Felix is embarrassed about his living situation, which puts pressure on his relationship with his school friends. His ...more
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
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Ms. Yingling
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
E ARC from Netgalley.com
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
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Ekollon
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
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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
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Amy
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
Colleen
After hitting a rough patch financially, 12-year old Felix and his mom, Astrid, find themselves living in a van. Astrid assures Felix that it’s just temporary, but as time goes on Felix finds it increasingly difficult to deal with their situation. Felix is quirky, intelligent, and in many ways far more mature than his mother… and by the time they’ve put in three months of living in the van, all the poor kid wants is a toilet and his frustration with his mom justifiably increases.

I really liked t
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Bookish Devil
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'No Fixed Address' is a hard-hitting novel about how Felix and his mom braved all odds to come up in life whilst on the brink of homelessness.
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Felix Knuttson is a 12-year-old kid with dexterity for trivia. Raised by a single mom, he had to witness and go through stuff which none of us can ever relate to. The only thing that was keeping them from becoming officially homeless was a van which doubled as their 'home'.
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Despite all the hardships and pain they endured, his mom went great lengths to get
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Melanie  Brinkman
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
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Michele Isabel
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Michele by: Househippo
Shelves: yrca-2021
Such an important topic! I appreciate that the author didn't oversimplify Astrid or the relationship between her and Felix.
Dawn Woods
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
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 realisations and is extremely sensitive about these,
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Tamsin Winter
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nielson writes about the important subjects of hidden homelessness, depression and poverty in a powerfully authentic and funny way. I adored Felix. His wit, kindness, humour and nerdiness are utterly charming, and the loyalty he has for his mother is as beautiful as it is heartbreaking. A truly important story about hidden homelessness, beautifully told. I absolutely loved this novel.
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.
Julie Suzanne
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sooo many good things about this story! It's semi-realistic in that it displays how easy it is to lose it all and how hard it is to get started again when you are dealing with mental health issues, hide it, and refuse to get any help. I'm sure that many can relate to this problem, and many children are the victims of it and can relate to this aspect of Felix's life. Many kids are NOT homeless but will recognize the destructive attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and priorities of Astrid in their own ...more
Bex
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Susin Nielsen tackles real issues in this novel surrounding homeless children, depressive parenting and the relatable struggles young people face with unrelenting resilience. Felix lives a troubled life with his mum Astrid; they live in a van, are ostensibly homeless, and Astrid's depression stifles her opportunities to find work, or hold down that work.

I'm not sure I'd ever considered how homeless children manage, and how much of a salvation school in its various forms might be for them, but n
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Sarah
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
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Robyn Ring
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
What do I think?

Well, let me think.... I think the book was well written and allows a glimpse into real life. I think that society is very happy to walk by the homeless without thinking that this could be me or that they might have children. I think the book makes the reader see another side of homelessness. In a previous life I dealt with the first wave of homeless people and the wave has continued. I know that "oh but for the grace of GOD goes them and not me".

All but for change in events, w
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Pam  Page
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book by Susin Nielsen I have read and it will not be the last! This book tackles the topic of homelessness, a parent barely able to take care of herself, and her son who holds it together during really tough times. Felix is a great character...vulnerable, intelligent, and resourceful. But reading from the perspective of a homeless child made me really think about this issue. Great book for a classroom library and a book group because you want to talk after finishing this one!
Colleen
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.
Book Hunter
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a story about a 12-year-old boy and his mom. They're a regular, small family except that they live in a van on the streets of Vancouver. It’s an adorable book about homelessness, friendship and the bond between a mother and her son. It was a wonderful read. Once I started reading I could hardly put it down. Each character is well done and believable. It has fun moments, truly devastating moments and overall never gets boring. My only complaint is that the ending is a bit far-fetched and ...more
Stephanie Fitzgerald
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: donated
I won this ARC in a Goodreads giveaway. Really good read that provided some food for thought. How many people do we pass everyday, in stores or on buses, that are truly homeless but that find ways to cover it up? I think I will look at people a bit differently for a while after reading this, wondering...
Cheri
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great story and insight into homelessness. Perfect for grades 4-7 to learn about this issue.
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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

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