Felix Knutsson has a lot to worry about. His mother, Astrid, can’t find or keep a job, and the duo have been living in a van for months after being evicted from their Vancouver apartment. It’s a tough life for young Felix, especially since he doesn’t feel like he can share his dire situation with any of his friends from school.
Still, life with no fixed address isn’t all bad. While Astrid struggles with occasional bouts of depression referred to as “slumps,” she is a loving mother who is trying her best to provide for her son. Felix has a beloved pet gerbil and a good-luck troll, does well in school, makes good friends and has a huge interest in trivia. He even manages to win a slot on the junior edition of his favorite game show, “Who What Where When.”
At almost every turn, however, the state of Felix’s “residence” comes into question by the Canadian Ministry of Children and Family Development. Felix’s luck soars after he wins the game show’s substantial cash prize, but his world soon threatens to implode when he finds himself in the police station with his mother shortly after. The good and bad intermingle at the end, leaving Felix to learn the true meaning of kindness and to discover that homelessness doesn’t have to mean hopelessness.
Author Susin Nielsen weaves humor and heart into No Fixed Address while highlighting struggles that are often swept under the rug. Through Felix, Nielsen shows readers what it takes to carry on.