No Fixed Address — 8 Comments

  1. I really don’t think many of my students would “get” some of the inferences as 4th graders, but middle level it would be great! The book started out as really depressing for me. I struggled with reading it as it was just so sad. But let me tell you, after 1 day of hit and miss reading, I took off and read almost the entire book in one sitting, it had me wanting more. I love how in the end, things worked out, but not the way you expect. 5 stars!

  2. I LOVED this book! It was my absolute favorite on the list! Dealing with temporary homelessness is something many students could possibly relate to. The struggle between Felix and Astrid was very real and the relationship between Felix and Dylan and Winnie grew as the book went on. The game show aspect was a lot of fun as well. There are MANY hidden inferences in the book (affair, lesbians, homosexuality…) may go “over many students heads”. Older students may notice them. 5/5 stars.

  3. I really enjoyed this book! I liked how it dealt with temporary homelessness – it felt honest and I liked how it was from Felix’s point of view. Felix was a very relatable character and I felt very invested in him. However, like many of the reviewers have commented, I would not get this book for my classroom as there were too many mature references.

  4. I loved this book! I thought it was an incredibly well-written book exploring the child/teen’s perspective on homelessness. I appreciated how candid Felix’s character was but also how his views changed as their living situation became more “real” and “permanent” to him. At first he just wanted to be seen as normal, but by the end he simply wanted his needs to be met. I was impressed with how well the effects of homelessness were portrayed through his dialogue; I learned a lot. It was easy to feel a wave of emotions right along with Felix as he feared being caught/found out, mourned the loss of Horatio, developed feelings for Winnie, and built-up his hopes and expectations for the game show.

    I would love to use this book in the classroom. I think it dealt with a very serious issue in a real yet relatable way. I think this book would make an excellent option for use in book clubs or as a read-aloud. I think this book would be a good recommendation for more mature readers to read on their own, and also as a candidate to be added to curricula.

    Overall rating: 5/5 stars

    • I agree with this being a more appropriate read for middle school students than upper elementary. There is a lot of mature content.

  5. I finished this book in one day. I was so invested in Felix and how things would turn out for him and his mom. That being said, it was HEAVY material and I feel not suitable for even upper elementary. It was almost as though the author was challenged to see how many controversial hot topics could fit into one book. There was the obvious, homelessness, along with mental illness, same sex marriage, drug uses and overdose, physical and mental abuse, sperm donation, and even a guy exposing himself in the library! On top of all of those major things, even little things like insinuating about masturbation, the “one finger salute”, and jokes about Cockermouth made this book even more inappropriate. All of that aside, my heart absolutely broke for Felix throughout this book (especially when he had to poop in the park) and I loved how when things turned around for him, he made sure to try to pay back for things his mom had taken and ended up paying it forward for someone in need. I would definitely recommend this book for middle school and higher (even adults) for pleasure reading. I personally would give it 5 stars.

  6. No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen was a good read! The writing flowed and sucked me right in to the story. I very much liked the main character, Felix, and really hoped for good things to happen for him. The book addressed many serious themes including homelessness and how not having a permanent home changes so many aspects of a person’s life. It also touched on mental illness, the importance of relationships, honesty, integrity, and the possibility that one might have loving, but ultimately unreliable parents. So with all this good stuff going on, do I recommend it for elementary students? Probably not. Maybe if only a couple of the social issues were dealt with it would have been okay. As it is, I think it is a little too heavy and better suited for middle school to high school students. I would recommend reading it for pleasure rather than a read aloud. 4 stars.

  7. No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen was a page turner. Once I started reading this book I had to know how she was going to end it. I do feel this is not an age appropriate book for third, fourth, and fifth grade readers. This book is better suited for middle schoolers who can handle more of the mature topics that Felix faces in this book. This is a great book about the loyalties of friendship. Felix and his friends have to fight through some dark issues. Ms. Nielsen shows the vulnerability to Felix and what is looks like to open up to loyal friends who will continue to stand by you.

    I would not recommend this book as a class read but individual pleasure reads for middle schoolers. I would however give it a 4 star rating for more mature audiences.