|No fixed address|
Author: Nielsen-Fernlund, Susin
Twelve-year-old Felix's appearance on a television game show reveals that he and his mother have been homeless for a while, but also restores some of his faith in other people.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG+
Reading Level: 4.30
Points: 7.0 Quiz: 196886
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 3.50
Points: 14.0 Quiz: 75805
School Library Journal (+) (00/06/18)
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School Library Journal - 06/01/2018 Gr 5–8—Felix Knutsson lived in four different homes before calling a van his home. There is a logical reason for every single move—logical to his mother Astrid, at least. Also, he doesn't like to be called homeless—he would rather use "between places"—but in his home city of Vancouver, vans do not qualify as homes to the mainstream population. Astrid manages to hide their situation from the authorities and even talks her way into securing Felix a spot at a competitive French Immersion program in a new school despite the lack of a fixed address. As the months go on and the weather changes, their situation becomes less and less bearable and leads Felix to a breaking point. The anguish that Felix faces as he strives to follow his mother's demand that he hide their predicament is palpable, and readers will empathize with Felix's situation. Prominent throughout this story is Felix's love for trivia and his quest to land a spot on a new junior edition of a game show, which he believes will end his housing troubles. Readers will be cheering for Felix as he learns to finally let others help him. VERDICT A well-written work of realism that will be a mirror to some and a window for others. A first purchase.—Kate Olson, Bangor School District, WI - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 09/01/2018 At almost 13, Felix is used to a little spontaneity in his life. He’s watched his mom, Astrid (he calls her Astrid—her idea), hop from job to job and guy to guy, and since Felix’s grandma died, they’ve moved a lot. When they get evicted and have to live in a van for a while, Felix believes Astrid when she says it’s temporary. Even if Astrid has trouble finding a job, Felix has a backup plan: his favorite game show is hosting a junior edition, and he’s actually freakishly good at trivia. He’s going to audition and win enough money so that he and Astrid will never have problems again. But living in a van—and keeping it a secret from his friends at school—is starting to take its toll on Felix. Canadian Nielsen (Optimists Die First?, 2016) infuses her erstwhile hero’s first-person narrative with humor. Though Felix’s wry observations keep things from getting too dark, this is also a straightforward look at the circumstances that can lead to homelessness. Clear-eyed and heartfelt. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.