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Susin Nielsen

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  • Publication date: September 2018
  • Publisher: Tundra Books/Penguin Random House Canada
  • Country: CA
  • 288 print pages
  • Dramedy

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  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Canada
  • Themes: FAMILY, Maternity, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Poverty, Inequality, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Friendship, Dysfunctional family, Childhood, PEOPLE facing life, Moral dilemma, Social relations, Filiation, Surpassing oneself, Facing failure, Loyalty, CHARACTERS, Child

Pitch

A 12-year-old boy lives with his mom in a VW camper and has to hide his homelessness from his new friends. He plans to turn his and his mom's lives around by going on his favourite game show and winning the cash prize. All he needs is a little luck and a lot of brain power...

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Translation rights sold: Canada (French), US, UK, Netherlands, France, Italy, Sweden, Spain

Winner of the 2019 IODE Violet Downey Award
Winner of the 2019 BC Book Prize, Sheila A. Egoff Award
2019 OLA Top Ten Best Bets in Junior Fiction
2019 USBBY Outstanding International Books
Nominated for the 2019 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, YA/Middle Grade
Nominated for the 2019-2020 Hackmatack Children’s Book Award

Pitched for fans of Wendelin van Draanen and Cynthia Lord, as a "funny middle-grade story about family, friendship, and growing up when you’re one step away from homelessness."

Susin Nielsen is an awarded Canadian author for children and young adults. She received a Governor General's Award and the 2013 Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award for her young adult novel THE RELUCTANT JOURNAL OF HENRY K. LARSEN. Rolling Stone magazine put it at #27 in their list of “Top 40 Best YA Novels.” She got her start writing for the hit TV series Degrassi Junior High, and went on to write for over twenty Canadian shows. Her other books include OPTIMISTS DIE FIRST (long-listed for the UKLA 2018 award), WE ARE ALL MADE OF MOLECULES (winner of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award and long-listed for UK’s Carnegie Medal), WORD NERD (winner of multiple Young Readers’ Choice Awards).

Summary

Felix Knuttson, twelve, is an endearing kid with an incredible brain for trivia. His mom Astrid is loving but unreliable; she can’t hold onto a job, or a home. When they lose their apartment in Vancouver, they move into a camper van, just for August, till Astrid finds a job. September comes, they’re still in the van; Felix must keep “home” a secret and give a fake address in order to enroll in school Luckily, he finds true friends. As the weeks pass and life becomes grim, he struggles not to let anyone know how precarious his situation is. When he gets to compete on a national quiz show, Felix is determined to win--the cash prize will bring them a home. Their luck is about to change! But what happens is not at all what Felix expected.

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  • Author’s biography

    Susin Nielsen is a Canadian author for children and young adults. She received a Governor General's Award and the 2013 Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award for her young adult novel THE RELUCTANT JOURNAL OF HENRY K. LARSEN. Rolling Stone magazine put it at #27 in their list of “Top 40 Best YA Novels.” She got her start writing for the hit TV series Degrassi Junior High, and went on to write for over twenty Canadian shows. Her other books include OPTIMISTS DIE FIRST (long-listed for the UKLA 2018 award), WE ARE ALL MADE OF MOLECULES (winner of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award and long-listed for UK’s Carnegie Medal), WORD NERD (winner of multiple Young Readers’ Choice Awards).