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The Lotterys Plus One

Written by Emma Donoghue

Illustrated by Caroline Hadilaksano

Part of the The Lotterys Series

Books of the Month - <b>April</b> Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

LoveReading View on The Lotterys Plus One

March 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2018

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 March 2018

The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue

King Coo by Adam Stower

Splish, Splash, Ducky! by Lucy Cousins

We Are Not Frogs! (Little Gems) by Michael Morpurgo

The Sorry Tale of Fox and Bear by Margrete Lamond

Song of the Dolphin Boy  by Elizabeth Laird

What Do People Do All Day? (50th anniversary edition) by Richard Scarry

Bird House by Libby Walden

Bug Hotel by Libby Walden

Alone Together by Clayton Junior

The Lost Penguin by Claire Freedman

The Lotterys Plus One Synopsis

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?

The Lotterys Plus One, internationally bestselling author Emma Donoghue's first novel for children, features black-and-white illustrations throughout and is funny, charming and full of heart.

The Lotterys Plus One Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Elleanore Phillips, age 9 - 'The book is full of jokes, it shows that everybody is unique with own character and talents and we should all live peacefully together accepting our differences...a perfect family read.
  • Amelie Weeks, age 10 - 'I found this book entertaining and interesting and I enjoyed reading about the Lotterys’ chaotic life.'    
  • Bella Rix-Clancy, age 9 - 'This book is fun and chaotic...I like that this book has two mums as my friend has two mums and he doesn't get to read many books with a family like his.'
  • Georgie Docwra, age 11 - 'This book was quite tricky for me to get into but it was worth the wait!'
  • Toby Little, age 9 - 'The Lotterys sound like a really chaotic family, but really, really fun. I wish I could be friends with them!'
  • Trinny Sadler, age 12 - 'A lovely book showing modern diversity and other opinions and also how people change their minds. A great read.'
  • Katie Bavister, age 12 - 'A sweet book with many funny and interesting characters...book that shows how to accept different characters and that all families are different and that it's ok to be different.'
  • Erica Motoc, age 10 - 'A lot of drama and modern issues treated in one amazing book!'
  • Issie Ford, age 9 - 'I would recommend The Lotterys to lovers of Jacqueline Wilson books because it is a family drama, and the lively and imaginative drawings really helped to bring the story alive.'
  • Harriet Harper-Williams, age 11 - 'It took me a long time to get into this book...I can't say that I found it exciting, as I prefer books that are a bit more adventurous.'
  • Amina, age 10 - 'This book was funny, interesting, exciting and fascinating. I'm sure there are tons more words but my list would be far too long. I loved this book it's different from other books I've read.'
  • Ellen Cox, age 10 - 'I would definitely recommend this book to the world as it is the best book that I have ever read. A very gripping story full of feeling...'
  • Elizabeth Bridgeman, age 9 - 'The Lotterys Plus One was good but not that good.'

The Lotterys Plus One Press Reviews

The Lotterys are a very recognisable family - very quickly the reader feels that they have known each member for years. That's part of the enchantment of Donoghue's writing - and the spell she weaves with this narrative is inescapable. She has written a family of eccentrics and individuals, but readers from all backgrounds will find themselves identifying with and understanding these wonderfully written characters. Caroline Hadilaksono's silhouettes and illustrations resonate with the dynamic chaos of the Lottery family and perfectly complement the story Donoghue is telling, creating a warmth and a sense of home that is as compelling as it is beautiful.The story itself could not be more relevant to the turbulent times the world finds itself in - the true meaning of belonging, home, tolerance and acceptance. Offbeat, funny, wise and deliciously different, Emma Donoghue's first book for children is an essential read. -- Becky Long  INIS

Emma Donoghue... creates a warm-hearted, eccentric family community that encompasses all ages - and all backgrounds... the writing is assured and her characters emerge full of life and in glorious technicolour. For confident readers who want a thoroughly enjoyable read that is both thoughtful and fun this must be recommended. -- Ferelith Hordon  Books for Keeps

However, this is a story with understanding and acceptance at its heart and she comes to realise that he does belong with them after all - 'He's our plus one'. There are many characters in this story - each one a complete individual. From the parents to the children with Aspen's eating issues and inability to keep still, Brian/ Briar's gender fluidity and Oak's developmental delay - each is a part of this loving and chaotic family and each has their own clear identity. There is also a rich tapestry of cultural diversity at play throughout the story which threads its way through as part of family life, customs, food and festivals. Showing that family is what you make it, this is a wonderful story about relationships and family. -- Sue Wilsher  Reading Zone

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

The story itself could not be more relevant to the turbulent times the world finds itself in - the true meaning of belonging, home, tolerance and acceptance. Offbeat, funny, wise and deliciously different, Emma Donoghue's first book for children is an essential read.   INIS reading guide

A warm-hearted, curious and hugely appealing slice of unconventional family life, told with considerable wit and charm   Teach Primary

Funny, charming and full of heart   Irish Mail on Sunday

There is a rich tapestry of cultural diversity at play throughout the story which threads its way through as part of family life, customs, food and festivals. Showing that family is what you make it, this is a wonderful story about relationships and family.  Reading Zone

A smart, thoughtful reader of 10-plus will enjoy the gentle humour in this tribute to the modern family.  Irish Independent 

It is a hoot spending time in this Utopia.  Observer

I loved the Lotterys! Wonderfully wacky, full of humour and lovely soft touches.   Award-winning author, Elizabeth Laird

Told with utter charm and a lightness of touch  BookTrust

A warm-hearted, eccentric family community that encompasses all ages - and all backgrounds... the writing is assured and her characters emerge full of life and in glorious technicolour. For confident readers who want a thoroughly enjoyable read that is both thoughtful and fun.  Books for Keeps

This is a story that captures the true meaning of family.  INIS Reading Guide

Donoghue vividly captures the Lotterys chaotic but always loving home  Publishers Weekly

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781509803200
Publication date: 08/03/2018
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781509803194
Publication date: 20/04/2017
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781509803200
Publication date: 8th March 2018
Author: Emma Donoghue
Illustrator: Caroline Hadilaksano
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Personal Social Health Economic
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Julia Eccleshare's Picks, eBooks
Other Categories: Reviewed by Children

About Emma Donoghue

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. 

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