No Fixed Address

By: Susin Nielsen

Resources for coping with homelessness. Discussion guide. Trivia whiz Felix and his unemployed mom live in a van. As their circumstances go from bad to worse, Felix wonders if a spot on his favorite television show, Who What Where When, could change their luck.

ISBN: 9781524768355

JLG Release: Dec 2018


Sensitive Areas: Mild language, Brief mentions of marijuana and drugs, Theft, Allusions to masturbation, Allusion to an adult sexual relationship
Topics: Homeless persons , Mothers and sons , Friendship , Game shows , Faith , Canada , Single-parent families , Trivia , Gerbils , Vans

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A summer “adventure” in a Volkswagen pop-top van turns into a long-term living situation for twelve-year-old Felix and his loving but irresponsible mother Astrid. Unable to afford an apartment in Vancouver, the two set up housekeeping in Astrid’s ex-boyfriend’s van, moving from parking lot to street corner to abandoned garage as opportuniti A summer “adventure” in a Volkswagen pop-top van turns into a long-term living situation for twelve-year-old Felix and his loving but irresponsible mother Astrid. Unable to afford an apartment in Vancouver, the two set up housekeeping in Astrid’s ex-boyfriend’s van, moving from parking lot to street corner to abandoned garage as opportunities present themselves, more or less managing to keep up a façade of respectability—assisted by Astrid’s flexible sense of morality (“it’s important to note that she has levels of lies, and rules surrounding each. Sort of like the Church of Scientology and their levels of Operating Thetans, her rationales don’t always make a lot of sense”) and hampered by her bouts of depression, known in the family lexicon as “slumps.” Felix starts at a new school, where he reconnects with his childhood friend Dylan and meets Winnie Wu, who is introduced as a stereotypical overachiever but develops beyond the initial caricature. When Felix learns that his favorite game show is hosting a junior tournament, he decides its cash prize will solve all his problems and, with his friends’ help, sets out to win. Felix is a compelling narrator, engaging both as he keeps a wry sense of humor about his family’s worsening situation and when he realizes he can no longer rely on the adults in his life. Nielsen’s eye for detail (Felix’s Swedish grandmother gave him a tomte to watch over the house; now named Mel, the figure keeps watch from the dashboard) helps bring the story to life. sarah rettger

Book Details

ISBN

9781524768355

First Release

December 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

288

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 620L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition with trade jacket added

Publisher

Wendy Lamb Books

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild language, Brief mentions of marijuana and drugs, Theft, Allusions to masturbation, Allusion to an adult sexual relationship

Topics

Homeless persons, Mothers and sons, Friendship, Game shows, Faith, Canada, Single-parent families, Trivia, Gerbils, Vans,

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