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by
Susin Nielsen

Edition
Library edition with trade jacket added
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Wendy Lamb Books
ISBN
9781524768355

Awards and Honors
2020 Red Maple Award Fiction Nominee
2019 YouPer Award Honor
CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: Fiction for Children
USBBY Outstanding International Book List - 2019
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Language: Mild Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion, Crime: Theft, Sexual Content: Reference/Discussion, Sexual Content: Reference/Discussion
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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.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion, Crime: Theft, Sexual Content: Reference/Discussion, Sexual Content: Reference/Discussion

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

288

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.3: points 7

Lexile

620L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

14

JLG Release

Dec 2018

Book Genres


Topics

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

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews*, The Horn Book Magazine, Booklist, School Library Journal*

Horn Book

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

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

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

Grades 5-8
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Stories with strong, relatable characters that portray believable contemporary or historical real-life experiences.

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