Felix Knutsson is nearly thirteen, lives with his mother and pet gerbil Horatio, and is brilliant at memorising facts and trivia So far, pretty normal But Felix and his mom Astrid have a secret they are living in a van Astrid promises its only for a while until she finds a new job, and begs Felix not to breathe a word about it So when Felix starts at a new school, he does his very best to hide the fact that most of his clothes are in storage, he only showers weekly at the community centre, and that he doesnt have enough to eat When his friends Dylan and Winnie ask to visit, Felix always has an excuseBut Felix has a plan to turn his and Astrids lives around hes going to go on his favourite game show Who, What, Where, When and win the cash prize All he needs is a little luck and a lot of brain powerSusin Nielsen deftly combines humour, heartbreak, and hope in this moving story about people who slip through the cracks in society, and about the power of friendship and community to make all the difference

15 thoughts on “No Fixed Address (English Edition)

  1. unicorngirl unicorngirl says:

    A very profound novel Ms Neilsen portrays the hardships of homelessness through the eyes of a 12 year old boy I was very impressed at her ability to think as a boy, using plenty of boy humour that kept me in stitches I felt like shouting at his mother for being such a flake and cheered with him when he told her his real thoughts about her parenting skills This is a story everyone should read.

  2. tony jacobs tony jacobs says:

    I have read hundreds of books but it s a long time since I ve had a can t put it down novel and this is one Astrid is a fiery, irresponsible but loving Mum to Felix Both of them endure months of living homelessly in a van, moving from location to location to avoid being caught by authorities Felix has a photographic memory for facts and enters a junior trivial pursuit type televised competition that he hopes that winning will put an end to their miserable way of life Felix s friends, Dylan and Winnie are loyal and supportive but they have no idea of his living conditions and circumstances This delightfully written story with its unforgettable characters also provides real insight into the desperation and misery of homelessness.

  3. Shirley Misener Shirley Misener says:

    This book opens your eyes as to what it would be like to be homeless, the child in the book grabs your heart a very good read

  4. performing-arts.co Customer performing-arts.co Customer says:

    Great story, but not for my 9 yo I will keep it for next summer.

  5. performing-arts.co Customer performing-arts.co Customer says:

    Excellent story Well developed characters Perfect for grades 5 8 Well deserved acclaim and local Vancouver author

  6. Koyena Mukherjee Koyena Mukherjee says:

    Cover was bit damaged but I love it The packaging with such cheap price or discount is blessing

  7. Britt Kay Britt Kay says:

    This book was phenomenal and phenomenally sad.Felix is homeless and is living with a mother, whom he adores, but as he grows, realizes is very untrustworthy and unstable Balancing his love and loyalty for her, song with his sense of survival becomes increasingly difficult as he begins seventh grade and it s harder to hide their situation.He gets his heart set on earning a spot on a quiz show similar to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire as a way to rocket them out of their life living in a Van, conning people, and stealing.But the road to this game show is not as easy as he once hoped, and he begins to realize that he can t be self reliant and happy at the same time.This book is hard to read, at times, because it reminds me of my students, yet Felix is so immediately lovable, I was sucked in Even better than Paper Things, I really enjoyed this book and can t wait to get it in the hands of my kids.

  8. L. J. Rinaldi L. J. Rinaldi says:

    Well told with a bit of a mystery as it opens at a point that ends up being 2 3s through the book Felix is a very real young boy trying to cope with homelessness and trying to hide it from his friends.Well researched the story takes place in Vancouver, Canada one of the most expensive cities in North America Although some stuff is made up, the houses that sit empty on the west side is not.Good story And I liked how it all came together Thoroughly plausible

  9. Customer Customer says:

    This is an excellent book for 7th 9th grade students The main character, Felix, has been living in a van with his mother, and he feels he must hide the fact from his friends and schoolmates The challenges Felix must deal with puts a face on teen homelessness, and is such an important read for both teens and teachers I m really pleased to add this to my classroom library

  10. Kp Kp says:

    Loved this book It was highly engaging about a very serious subject..homelessness.I donated it to our middle school library

  11. Yelena Alpin Yelena Alpin says:

    12 years old Loved this book

  12. Taber Taber says:

    I really enjoyed this book For the target age I d only recommend it for a rather mature kid.

  13. Leigha Seese Leigha Seese says:

    Adorable book I read it as an adult, and will read it to my 7 and 9 year old boys It tackles some big issues and emotions, but in an appropriate way The story line was a little predictable but still good worth the read for kids and grown ups alike.

  14. performing-arts.co Customer performing-arts.co Customer says:

    Brand new condition great story

  15. Allison Kuta Allison Kuta says:

    My 12 year old 7th grader is an avid reader Here is her review Felix didn t always live in a van He once lived in a house with his grandma, but after her death, his living conditions decreased until they only had his mom s ex s van left So they had it all planned they would travel and enjoy their time until his mom, Astrid, had to pay stub that they could show an apartment landlord But the problem with his mom is that she loses jobs and friends quickly Meanwhile, Felix is enjoying school, hanging out with his old friend Dylan, and his new friend, Winnie He even earns a spot on the first ever Junior version of his favorite show But things at home are getting worse His mom is losing jobs, stealing from stores, and falling into depression He begins to get angry at everyone his mom, for not fixing things, and his friends, for prying at his big secret He has one ray of hope there is a BIG money prize if he can win the Who, What, Where Show Enough to save his home situation Will things get better for Felix Find out in this great book I enjoyed reading Felix s story, it was both fun and emotional It makes you think about Homeless the who, what, where of the situation My favorite character was Winnie, who was hard working, confident, smart and proper I also really liked the dynamics between the three friends, it kind of reminded me of Harry Felix Ron Dylan Hermione Winnie from the Harry Potter series I would recommend this book to anyone 10 , as some of the text is mature suggestive of his mom making poor choices with men.