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 Press Reviews
[A] warm, contemporary and unique story which celebrates family life - however complex, curious and diverse that may be - and reminds us that love and affection have no rules or boundaries. * Lancashire Evening Post * Donoghue vividly captures the Lotterys' chaotic but always loving home * Publishers Weekly * This is a story that captures the true meaning of family. * INIS Reading Guide * 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 * Written with great verve and a deep understanding of families and what holds them together The Lotterys Plus one is both fun and thought provoking. * Lovereading4kids.co.uk * Told with utter charm and a lightness of touch * BookTrust * I loved the Lotterys! Wonderfully wacky, full of humour and lovely soft touches. * Award-winning author, Elizabeth Laird * It is a hoot spending time in this Utopia. * Observer * A smart, thoughtful reader of 10-plus will enjoy the gentle humour in this tribute to the modern family. * Irish Independent * 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 * Funny, charming and full of heart * Irish Mail on Sunday * a warm-hearted, curious and hugely appealing slice of unconventional family life, told with considerable wit and charm * Teach Primary * 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 * 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