No Fixed Address By Susin Nielsen
Paperback published by Andersen Press
Felix Knutsson and his mom Astrid have a secret, they are living in a van. Astrid promises it’s only till she finds a new job, and begs Felix not to breathe a word. So when Felix starts at a new school, he does his best to hide it from his friends, even though his home has some serious downsides, like no privacy, heating, space and worst of all no bathroom.
But Felix has a plan to turn his and Astrid’s lives around. All he needs is a little luck and a lot of brain power.
Susin Nielsen deftly combines humour, heartbreak and hope in this moving story about the people who slip through the cracks of our society.
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.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading every page of this fiction novel, No Fixed Address, I thought that the settings for this story was very different and fully stretched to the unusual.
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.
Felix Fredrick Knutsson age 12 with no fixed address had lived in a few places. First of all he lived with his mother in his grandma’s bungalow, then with his mother in a six- hundred -square foot apartment and then a basement.
By August they were living in a Volkswagen Westfalia van, with a two ring stove and a bar size fridge. It had little cubbyholes for storage tucked into every nook and cranny. But when Felix starts a new school he tries his best to keep it away from his friends, that he lives in a van.
My Thanks To
I would like to thank walker books and Andersen Press so much for sending me the touching tale of No Fixed Address to read and review.
About Author Susin Nielsen
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 Awards, as did her second novel, Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom. Her third novel, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, was published in August 2012. It went on to win the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, the Canadian Library Association’s Children’s Book of the Year Award, and a number of Young Readers’ Choice Awards. Author Wally Lamb named it his top YA pick for 2012 in his “First Annual Wally Awards,” and recently Rolling Stone magazine put it at #27 in their list of “Top 40 Best YA Novels.”
Her books have been translated into multiple languages. Susin’s new novel, We Are All Made of Molecules, will be published in Canada, the US and the UK in Spring of 2015. She lives in Vancouver with her family and two naughty cats. She is delighted to have finally figure out how to “claim” her author profile on Goodreads!