Witty, compassionate and beautifully written.
October 2018 Book of the Month |
Susin Nielsen’s new novel features unforgettable central characters, and is beautifully written; her ear for dialogue – young teen to teen, young teen to parent, young teen to emergency services – pitch perfect. Despite being a story of homelessness and poverty, it will leave readers cheered and thoroughly reassured about the strength and resilience of the human spirit. Twelve-year old Felix lives with his mother Astrid, only rarely seeing his dad. Astrid has a flexible attitude to truth and Felix has developed a chart to measure the lies she tells as they navigate their lives. These range from ‘the invisible lie’, through the ‘no-one gets hurt’ to the biggest, the ‘someone might lose an eye’ lie. As they struggle to cope living in a (stolen) camper van, Astrid uses her panoply of lies to the full and Felix reluctantly goes along with it, ready to support his mother even when it’s really difficult. Nielsen gives him good friends, and a talent for memorising facts, both of which help to set up a better future for him. Both painful and funny, this is a book that will have readers alternatively shouting at its central characters, and cheering them on.
A Piece of Passion from the Editors, Charlie Sheppard & Chloe Sackur; ‘No Fixed Address is about Felix, a boy whose mum loses her job and moves them into a camper van while they look for a new home. The novel explores the pitfalls of the poverty trap, such as the difficulties in finding a job or new house to rent without already having a home. It is both a heartfelt exploration about the reality of living below the poverty line and a timely wake-up call. The gap between the rich and poor has been growing ever wider in the past decade, leading to an upsurge in the ‘hidden homeless’. We don’t think anyone can read No Fixed Address and not feel angry and moved that young people are the
worst affected by job losses and homelessness, with their education, health and development impacted. But what works so well is that Susin Nielsen has taken this important issue and spun it into a hugely enjoyable, funny, involving story about a bright boy who has the potential to change his family’s life.’
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 it's 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 doesn't have enough to eat. When his friends Dylan and Winnie ask to visit, Felix always has an excuse. But Felix has a plan to turn his and Astrid's lives around: he's 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 power . . . Susin 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.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
I felt every emotion and clung onto every word in this book. I brought this book with me everywhere I went so that I could read it any spare time I had and return into Felix's world. Full review
I really enjoyed this book even though it was really sad it gives you a lot to think about I would recommend this book to everyone. Full review
This is a book about how easy it is to be homeless and the effect on a young boy who is trying to protect his mum and stop them being torn apart when they end up living in a van and his plan to get them out of there. Full review
Humourous, hope, sadness and happiness all put into one book. Thrilling and gripping I didn't want to put it down. Such a sad and serious subject Susin has made funny and relatable. Full review
A brilliant book, a must buy for all kids who like adventures. Full review
This is a brilliant book. Even though it's a book about some serious things, it's also very funny and all the characters in it are like real people. I would give this book five stars and recommend it to everyone. Full review
Relatable, moving and funny. Susin Nielsen is simply wonderful -- Sarah Crossan Funny, charming and full of heart, this is a really special book. I defy you not to root for Felix Fredrik Knutsson! -- Lisa Williamson Susin Nielsen is an amazing writer. No Fixed Address is my book of the year -- Hilary McKay Felix's deeply engrossing and fully immersive first-person narrative of homelessness is both illuminating and heartbreaking - Kirkus, starred review
Readers will be cheering for Felix as he learns to finally let others help him. A well-written work of realism that will be a mirror to some and a window for others. -- starred review - School Library Journal
Susin Nielsen is the finest voice currently writing YA. Not many writers can put comedy and heartbreak in the same book, never mind the same page, but Susin does it effortlessly. -- Phil Earle Susin Nielsen is warm, funny and doesn't write like anyone else -- Charlotte Eyre - The Bookseller
Nielsen writes about the important subjects of hidden homelessness, depression and poverty in a powerfully authentic and funny way. - Tamsin Winter
No Fixed Address tackles tough issues with endless humour and hope. A beautiful book - Maximum Pop
No Fixed Address is another triumph from one of my absolute favourite writers -- Katie Clapham - Storytellers Inc
|Publication date:||4th October 2018|
|Publisher:||Andersen Press Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 13+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, eBooks|
Susin Nielsen 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 many Canadian TV series. Nielsen's first two young adult novels, Word Nerd and Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom, received critical acclaim and multiple Young Readers' Choice Awards. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen won the prestigious Governor General's Literary Award, the Canadian Library Association's Children's Book of the Year and ...More About Susin Nielsen