Susin Nielsen's No Fixed Address wins $5K IODE Violet Downey Book Award

The Vancouver writer won the children's literary prize for a book about a boy named Felix who lives in a van with his mother.
Susin Nielsen is the author of the middle-grade novel No Fixed Address. (Courtesy of Penguin Random House)

Susin Nielsen's middle-grade novel No Fixed Address has won the 2019 IODE Violet Downey Book Award, an annual $5,000 prize celebrating Canadian children's literature.

The Vancouver writer's novel is about a 12-year-old named Felix who lives in a van with his loving, wayward mother. When he starts school in a prestigious program, Felix hides his living situation from his peers and the Ministry of Children and enters a national junior trivia show in hopes of reversing his fortunes.

"So delighted that [No Fixed Address] has won this award!" Nielsen tweeted. Her win was announced at a national gathering of IODE Canada, a charitable organization, in Saint John.

The Violet Downey Book Award was established in 1985. Previous winners include Jean Little for His Banner Over Me, Kit Pearson for The Lights Go On Again and Kevin Sands for The Blackthorn Key.


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