- Title: The Lotterys Plus One
- Author: Emma Donoghue
- ISBN: 9781443445573
- Page: 277
- Format: Hardcover
Sumac Lottery is nine years old and the self proclaimed good girl of her VERY large, EXTREMELY unruly family And what a family the Lotterys are four parents, children both adopted and biological, and a menagerie of pets, all living and learning together in a sprawling house called Camelottery Then one day, the news breaks that one of their grandfathers is sufferinSumac Lottery is nine years old and the self proclaimed good girl of her VERY large, EXTREMELY unruly family And what a family the Lotterys are four parents, children both adopted and biological, and a menagerie of pets, all living and learning together in a sprawling house called Camelottery Then one day, the news breaks that one of their grandfathers is suffering from dementia and will be coming to live with them And not just any grandfather the long dormant Grumps, who fell out with his son so long ago that he hasn t been part of any of their lives.Suddenly, everything changes Sumac has to give up her room to make the newcomer feel at home She tries to be nice, but prickly Grumps s clearly disapproves of how the Lotterys live whole grains, strange vegetables, rescue pets, a multicultural household He s worse than just tough to get along with Grumps has got to go But can Sumac help him find a home where he belongs
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E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineThe Lottery family was formed by PopCorn, who is from a Scottish family in the Yukon and who is partnered with PapaDum, who is from India, and Jamaican MaxiMum, and CardaMom, who is a member of the Mohawk tribe. When the oldest child was born, all four friends were at the hospital and found a lottery ticket. When it ended up winning, they all quit their jobs to live an ecofriendly life in a 32 room house where they adopted a multicultural group of children [...]
I've been ruminating on this one for a couple days, and I gotta tell ya, it's just way too much of a gimmick. Literally every single alternative lifestyle you can think of is here. Two multicultural couples. Who are of course, best friends, so the kids have four parents instead of two. They don't drive. They go to local plays and markets and concerts. None of the parents work. All of the kids are homeschooled. Most of the children are adopted. One is transgender. All of them are named after tree [...]
My review, but first a little background. Just a paragraph, don't fret.In the United States. this year’s national summer reading theme is Build a Better World. My library has chosen to take a more metaphorical approach to the subject and combined that with Gene Luen Yang’s (the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature) program Reading Without Walls. Our goal is for kiddos to read outside their comfort zones in order to diversify their awareness. After all, how can we build a bette [...]
It turns out there is a limit on how much super-progressive, super-gimmicky, super-alternative, super-hippie, super-eco, super-diverse, super-smug super-family super-cuteseyness I can reasonably swallow in one sitting, and this story is it. You live and learn.
On page 50 of the ARC Please, please, please tell me the author a.) has an AMAZING explanation later in the book for misgendering one of her characters or b.) fixed this enormous editing error in the final copy. Please.UPDATE: DNF (stopped at pg. 100). Couldn't get past the misgendering of Brian. The writing was as scattershot as the Lottery household. Super disappointed.
2.5 stars. This is a story targeted at 8-12 year old readers, and I think it's wonderful that books like these exist today. This is the story of a large, blended, queer family told from the point of 9 year old Sumac Lottery. Her family consists of "four parents, children both adopted and biological, and a menagerie of pets, all living and learning together in a sprawling house called Camelottery." One day out of the blue, there is news that a grandfather she didn't know existed is moving in with [...]
The Lotterys Plus One - Emma Donoghue, Caroline Hadilaksono A failure, sadly, not epic. Here's the set up: an enormous, unconventional family living in Toronto epitomizes all the lefty, hippy, green, etc. positions you can imagine, just exactly as if someone had said, hmm, "what's the super liberal family of today?" and proceeded to include every idea that came to mind, starting with Angelina and Brad's kids but with one lesbian and one gay couple co-parenting. Everyone represents some diffe [...]
Lots of quirk. I mean, lots and lots of quirk. The family set-up is quirky, the parenting styles are quirky, the children are quirky, the house is quirky, the names (people and house and rooms and animals) are quirky. And just as I was beginning to get irritated by all the quirk, I realised that actuallyere are lots of similarities between this family and mine. I'm not really sure what that says about us - but I suspect it's mostly good! 3.5*
3.5 stars. I genuinely like middle-grade novels; the genre has a more simplistic writing style, which can actually be nice, and doesn't usually lean on romance, which can only be a good thing. But middle grade realistic books often suffer from the same issue; they're unmemorable. Too simplistic and lacking in fleshed-out characters. While The Lotterys Plus One is a particularly good middle-grade novel, it still suffers from the same issues. The Lotterys Plus One is a diverse retelling of full ho [...]
Gonna need to think about this one for a while before I decide how I feel about it.
DNF. I'm on page 14 and Brian is being misgendered SO MUCH and I just can't handle it. I even looked up other reviews to see if there were author interviews where Donoghue explains herself, or has an authors note, or even just apologizes. Nothing. I flipped to the last chapter and Brian is still being misgendered. I even went through digging for more details, some textual evidence that Brian is written as gender-fluid or gender-nonconforming, which is what reviewers and the author herself have s [...]
Very, very twee, but despite the occasional eyeroll, I never found myself annoyed or unwilling to read further. In fact, though eccentric dialogue and chaotic vignette largely stands in for plot, this is ultimately a very sweet and charming story about family and acceptance. The diversity angle is deliberately placed in focus, but in a way that is both very believable and very germane to the story. And the characters, to a one, are wonderful. This is a great read for kids looking for something f [...]
The Lotterys Plus Oneby Emma Donoghue ( Author), Caroline Hadilaksono SynopsisSumac Lottery is nine years old and the self-proclaimed "good girl" of her (VERY) large, (EXTREMELY) unruly family. And what a family the Lotterys are: four parents, children both adopted and biological, and a menagerie of pets, all living and learning together in a sprawling house called Camelottery. Then one day, the news breaks that one of their grandfathers is suffering from dementia and will be coming to live with [...]
This book drove me crazy. Sumac is the 5th kid and 9 years old in the Lottery family, and her life is turned upside down when her until now "dormant grandfather" nearly burns his home down, and subsequently comes to live with the Lotterys. "Grumps" is homophobic and racist, which is very hard for the multi-ethnic family parented by 4 gay and lesbian parents. But instead of offering support and guidance to their children about how to handle this hateful man, they continually ask Sumac to sacrific [...]
Emma Donoghue wrote a kid's book! With a HUGE premise. The Lotterys is this mish-mash of a family consisting of 4 parents (a man from the Yukon paired with a man from India and a Cherokee woman paired with a woman from the Caribbean), 7 kids from various corners of the world and several pets. But that's just the backdrop. What the story is really about is what happens when the Lotterys (the family won it big on the lottery just as their first child was being born) bring home a grandfather - a ve [...]
was sent an early copy of this book in return for my independent honest review. I rated this book 1.5* So sorry to rate one of my favourite authors so low. This is Emma Donahue's transition from adult fiction to middle grade. Unfortunately this just didn't work for me. As I love this authors adult books, I was so excited to read this new release. The premise sounded exciting and so promising. My overall thought is the old adage 'Less is More' it's as if she thought of everything she wanted to pu [...]
I listened to the audio version and loved it! For me, this isn't just a book about blending families or tolerance toward different groups and it really struck me as something quite special. Ok, so, two male partners and two female partners who are such great friends they decide to live together and raise a house full of kids of all varieties. Luckily, they win the lottery and are able to get an amazing house and quit their jobs so they can home school their kids and have all sorts of great adven [...]
Eccentric, unconventional, diverse and lively, The Lotterys Plus One is the story of a family unlike any other you've ever metEverything is jolly at the Lottery household until PopCorn's dad (one of the grandfathers) is brought to Camelottery (the Lotterys' home) so they can assess if he is still able to live by himself. Nicknamed Grumps, he is not happy to be there, and seven children, particularly Sumac, are not sure what to make of their estranged grandfather. As it becomes apparent this may [...]
Part of the reason why I loved Emma Donoghue's novel Room so much was because the voice of the little boy was so beautifully done. He was exactly like a five year old boy who had only interacted with a smart young woman for his entire existence. His mannerisms, logic, and conclusions were so like a five year old that I really felt like I was reading his story. The thing I love about Donoghue's novels and short stories is her ability to make me feel deeply about the people she writes about.So I w [...]
So much conversationacted from movement of the storyline. Really wonder what 4th-6th graders think of this book!
I listened to this while spinning the most gorgeous skein of yarn from two braids of dyed combed top. So gorgeous, in fact, that multiple people at the yarn store asked if I sold my handspun. I'm talking about what I was doing while listening to this book because the spinning was honestly more enjoyable than the book. This was a bit of a mixed bag. The narrator was fantastic and had a very unique voice for each of the characters and it was perfect. The narrator alone saved the book from a two-st [...]
Sumac Lottery is 9 years old and in the middle of a large family - her two dads met and fell in love, and her two moms met and fell in love, and since they were all friends, they decided to raise their family together. The kids are a mix of adopted and biological kids and everything at her house is chaotic and loud and wonderful, that is, until their grandfather moves in. Gramps (or Grumps, as they call him behind his back) isn't used to a large, loud family. He isn't used to being around people [...]
The Lotterys are a very large, very diverse family. When a grandfather is diagnosed with dementia, he comes to live with them. Nine-year-old Sumac tries to welcome "Grumps," but he is not only resistant, but also racist and homophobic. Sumac hatches a plot to find him another home.The story is charming and the characters are well done. The complex interactions among a large group of people as they attempt to adjust are realistic.I felt the diversity in the story was way overdone. There are four [...]
The Lotterys are a very diverse family. They have two dads and two moms: PopCorn and PapaDum, and Cardamom and Mama. When they won the lottery, they decided to buy a giant house in Toronto, where they could raise their children. Some are adopted and some are their biological children. They have 7 children, each named after a type of tree. The story follows the fifth child, Sumac Lottery. She gets to travel to the Yukon with PopCorn to visit his father. But it isn’t the trip she expected. PopCo [...]
I picked this book primarily because I love Emma Donoghue. I was thinking it was pretty different from her other books, but then I realized that all of her books are actually pretty different from each other. It’s about a family made up of 2 moms, 2 dads, 7 kids, and a ton of money, so they live this family-centered hippie life where all the kids direct their own educations and all the parents are always around. At first, I was like “This is my ideal growing up experience.” But as it went [...]
I have several things to confess about this novel. Beginning with it being an impulse checkout (along with two other middle grade novels) from the library. Then, the cover vaguely reminded me of a Mysterious Benedict Society book. I read Emma Donoghue's Room and enjoyed it, so felt predisposed to probably liking it. (Never saw the movie "Room" because I knew they changed the story from the book.) I felt that I was NOT smarter than a fifth grader throughout the beginning chapters. And, finally, I [...]
This is an interesting one for me. I picked it up because I thought “oh cool, that’s an experience I don’t see depicted very often” (mixed-parent families living together) and I got both that and an unexpected slice of my own experience. In addition to what it says on the tin— four parents! Lots of kids! Multi-cultural family!— it’s also the best depiction of un-schooling I’ve ever read. The Lotterys are always doing school and never doing school, always trying to learn. Sometime [...]
Initially, I found this book a little hard to get into because much of the story consists of the dialog and interactions between family members, and the effect can be somewhat chaotic. However, I think that the story becomes more engaging as Grumps "settles" into the Lottery family, and the tension between Sumac (all the Lotterys) and Grumps grows. What I took away from the book, and one of the strongest appeal factors for me, is the authenticity of the characters, and particularly of Grumps; th [...]
9 year old Sumac is a reliable, observant, whip-smart girl with a wry sense of humour and a positive attitude (most of the time). Her life is non-traditional; she has 4 parents,6 siblings and a array of pets all living in a large house in Toronto that the parents bought after winning the lottery. When PopCorn's father comes to live with them, his old-fashioned attitudes clash with the family's multi-cultural lifestyle. Sumac need to use all her powers of self-possession to avoid a conflict and d [...]
THE LOTTERYS PLUS ONE by Emma DonahueTwo couples (one gay and one lesbian, but it is not important or dwelt upon) win the lottery – hence the name – and form a family filled with love, diverse children and pets. They use their money for good and live a “perfect” life until one of the parents’ parent needs a home. Grandpa just doesn’t fit – or does he?Lots of life lessons engagingly presented in this charming tale of family in all its permutations. Well written with real and delight [...]
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