Twelve-and-three-quarter-year-old Felix Knutsson has a knack for trivia. His favorite game show is Who What Where When; he even named his gerbil after the host. Felix's mom, Astrid, is loving but can't seem to hold on to a job. So when they get evicted from their latest shabby apartment, they have to move into a van. Astrid swears him to secrecy; he can't tell anyone about their living arrangement, not even Dylan and Winnie, his best friends at his new school. If he does, she warns him, he'll be taken away from her and put in foster care.
As their circumstances go from bad to worse, Felix gets a chance to audition for a junior edition of Who What Where When, and he's determined to earn a spot on the show. Winning the cash prize could make everything okay again. But things don't turn out the way he expects. . . .
Susin Nielsen deftly combines humor, heartbreak, and hope in this moving story about people who slip through the cracks in society, and about the power of friendship and community to make all the difference.
I love Susin's books. She manages to write about really serious topics dealing them in a sensitive manner whilst injecting the right amount of humour and fun.
I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book. It made me laugh in places but at other times it just really made me feel for the characters and what they were going through as it discussing ideas around homelessness and the impact it can have in a thoughtful way.
I really enjoyed it and can't wait for it to be released so I can recommend it far and wide.