May 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017 |
A funny and touching family story with a difference just because the Lotterys themselves are a unique and diverse family leading a deliberately alternative life and with more complicated relationships than is usual. With four parents from different cultures, seven children and five pets for a start, things are bound to be lively. When an estranged grandfather with dementia joins them, a whole load of new situations arise as well as new scope for understanding and kindness. Written with great verve and a deep understanding of families and what holds them together The Lottery Plus One is both fun and thought provoking. ~ Julia Eccleshare
A Piece of Passion from editor, Venetia Gosling: ‘it’s a smart, funny and wise novel with a wonderful family set-up and family dynamic which readers will love. Emma has done a wonderful job of reflecting the world conveying it through the warmth and muddle of this very modern family.’
Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for May 2017
The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue
King of the Sky by Nicoloa Davies
A Story Like the Wind by Gill Lewis
King Coo by Adam Stower
The Tale of Angelino Brown by David Almond
Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman
The Big Bird Spot by Matt Sewell
Meet the Lotterys: a unique and diverse family featuring four parents, seven kids and five pets - all living happily together in their big old house, Camelottery. Nine-year-old Sumac is the organizer of the family and is looking forward to a long summer of fun. But when their grumpy and intolerant grandad comes to stay, everything is turned upside down.How will Sumac and her family manage with another person to add to their hectic lives?
Internationally bestselling author Emma Donoghue's first novel for children, with black-and-white illustrations throughout, is funny, charming and full of heart.
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This engaging tale is moving without veering into sentimentality. For all the Lotterys apparent eccentricity, the novel delves into universal themes of family relationships that will resonate with readers from all backgrounds. -- Kirkus, starred review
A drily funny story about adjusting to new situations, Donoghue vividly captures the Lotterys’ chaotic but always loving home… wonderfully offbeat -- Publishers Weekly
Publication date: 08/03/2018
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
|Publication date:||20th April 2017|
|Publisher:||Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories|
|Other Categories:||Reviewed by Children|
Emma Donoghue is an Irish writer living in Canada. Her 2010 novel, Room, was an internationally award-winning bestseller and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes. Emma's screenplay for Room's multi-award-winning film adaptation has earned her an Oscar nomination.More About Emma Donoghue