The way how the book describes its self is perfect. In my head I know exactly what the characters look like, what the van looks like. I‘m on page 137 of this book and I cannot wait to finish it.
I was so impressed with this MG novel exploring themes of homelessness & child poverty, with some wonderful characters & a good dose of humor. Almost-13-year-old Felix & his mom are living in a van “temporarily.” Felix struggles to hide his situation from his friends & plans to fix things by winning a Jr. edition of a Jeopardy-like TV show. Nielsen brings out a lot of complexity & depth in Felix, his mom and his two best friends. Recommended!
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Better late than never! Thanks for your patience as I travelled back to the Cleveland Oh area from taking my daughter to college in NC. Without further ado, let our #MGBuddyRead discussion begin.
Felix - I just wanted to give him a big ole hug. This book had the perfect amount of humor in this very human story. I got mad at the mom. There are some things you should be willing to do for your child - not fussing at customers and ask for help, to name a few. As a novel, Nielsen shows how easy it can be for people to find themselves "in between places."
Will purchase for my class. My school system does very well with the students.
Just finished this little gem for #mgbuddyread. This would make a good read real aloud for upper elementary/middle grades. While I like the concepts of friendship, acceptance, and family relationships, the book had some pieces that ruled it out for my third graders. I can see my previous 5th graders finding parts that are funny and relatable.
This book had me close to tears several times. I had never thought about it in these terms, but for about six months when I was turning 10 we lived with my uncle while we tried to find our own place - it wasn‘t a poverty issue so much as a huge family transition, but we were kinda homeless. Made me really think, reading this. Looking forward to #MGBuddyRead discussion.
This is a fast paced middle grade novel that tackles issues surrounding poverty and homelessness. Would be an excellent addition to any school library. Looking forward to #MGBuddyRead discussion.
Last call! #MGBuddyRead discussion Aug 15. All welcome! If you aren‘t tagged and would like to be let me.
Looking forward to August‘s #MGBuddyRead. Everyone welcome! Discussion Aug 15.
There are some truly excellent middle grade books being written lately and I was happy to discover this one through Litsy. No Fixed Address features a sweet, resilient kid who has been forced to grow up early as he and his loving but struggling mom experience homelessness. A lot of heavy topics are addressed. At the heart, Felix navigates friendships, academic ambitions, and whether to keep the secret or tell another adult about what‘s going on.
The story of a middle school boy and his mom who end up homeless and living out of a van. The physical, mental, and emotional struggles they endure are heartbreaking, and readers will surely connect with them and root for their luck to change. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#2 This book is all about the life of van life. If you like books were kids go through hard times you‘ll love this book then or if you want to see what its kinda like to live in a van. As Felix and his 2 friends go to a French school they are also trying to get a spot for a show they love!
Only 4 left!
And I have all 4 picked out, unless I change my mind of course.😏
Just keep swimming, just keep swimming 🐠
Through a series of unfortunate events & realistic family issues, 12 yr old Felix & his mom lose their apartment. The story follows Felix as he initially loves the adventure of van living, to realizing something might not be alright, to hiding his situation from family & friends, to trying to find a way to help his mom. It dealt very believably with Felix‘s shifting emotions & coping mechanisms, I wish the resolution was typical too. #MiddleGrade
The endearing first-person voice of 12-year-old Felix—sincere, funny, warm-hearted—is what makes this novel special & it‘s brilliantly conveyed in the #audiobook performed by Nissae Isen. Mental health issues & the housing crisis in Vancouver contribute to a family becoming homeless in this uplifting tearjerker for ages 10 to adult. #CanadianAuthor #Kidlit
“What the heck is in your gene pool?” a girl named Marsha asked me one day.
“50% Swedish, 25% Haitian, 25% French,” I answered. “Add it up and it equals 100% Canadian.”
She pursed her lips. “You look like a clown.”
It wasn‘t the first time someone had made fun of my hair.