The Lotterys Plus One

By: Emma Donoghue

Illustrator: Caroline Hadilaksono

Sumac Lottery is nine years old and the self-proclaimed "good girl" of her (VERY) large, (EXTREMELY) unruly family. Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9780545925815

JLG Release: May 2017


Sensitive Areas: Mild language
Topics: Families , Brothers and sisters , Grandfathers , Family life , Multigenerational family cohabitation , Toronto, Ontario , Non-traditional families , Same-sex parents , Adoption , Homeschooling , Dementia

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Awards & Honors

Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2017, Middle Grade
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Middle Grade
Shelf Awareness 2017 Best Books of the Year, Middle Grade Books

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Sumac Lottery has a pretty sweet life. Four parents (in two loving couples), six siblings, five pets, and a big old house in Toronto. Her world is turned upside down when Grumps, an estranged grandparent, comes to stay. Grumps, who has dementia and is often disoriented, doesn’t approve of anything he sees at the Lotterys’ house, and Sum Sumac Lottery has a pretty sweet life. Four parents (in two loving couples), six siblings, five pets, and a big old house in Toronto. Her world is turned upside down when Grumps, an estranged grandparent, comes to stay. Grumps, who has dementia and is often disoriented, doesn’t approve of anything he sees at the Lotterys’ house, and Sumac doesn’t approve of him one bit. Grumps is, well, grumpy and set in his somewhat bigoted ways, and the Lotterys are a lot to take in. Donoghue is the author of many acclaimed books for adults, and her first title for young readers is a kind of realistic fantasy, a warmhearted, deeply improbable, emotionally alert jumble of ancient Sumerian, lottery winnings, elaborate family rituals, gelato, and acceptance. Many issues are touched upon in this novel, including homeschooling, gender fluidity, and diverse cultural traditions; in Donoghue’s capable hands, they are treated with a cheerful self-awareness that lends itself to a timely and funny reading experience. At its core, this is a classic family disruption story, complete with a slow approachment of understanding between the intruder and various family members, and an uplifting if imperfect conclusion. VERDICT An ideal option for “Penderwicks” fans, lovers of Ellen Airgood’s Prairie Evers, and those who enjoy series about big, loving families.—Katya Schapiro, Brooklyn Public Library

Book Details

ISBN

9780545925815

First Release

May 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

320

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.7; Points: 9;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.5; Points: 13;

Lexile

Level 840L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Arthur A. Levine

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild language

Topics

Families, Brothers and sisters, Grandfathers, Family life, Multigenerational family cohabitation, Toronto, Ontario, Non-traditional families, Same-sex parents, Adoption, Homeschooling, Dementia,

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