Cover image for The Lotterys more or less / Emma Donoghue ; Caroline Hadilaksono, [illustrator].
The Lotterys more or less / Emma Donoghue ; Caroline Hadilaksono, [illustrator].
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2018.

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285 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Nine-year-old Sumac Lottery considers it her job to make sure none of the Lottery celebrations are forgotten, especially now at Christmas time, and in her large, gay, and multiethnic family there are a lot of occasions for celebration in the house they all call Camelottery--but when a terrible ice storm hits Toronto, one of her dads, and her favorite brother cannot make it home from India, and it becomes increasingly difficult to hang on to the holiday spirit." -- (Source of summary not specified)
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Sumac Lottery is the keeper of her family's traditions -- from Pow Wow to Holi, Carnival to Hogmanay, Sumac's on guard to make sure that no Lottery celebration gets forgotten. But this winter all Sumac's seasonal plans go awry when a Brazilian visitor overstays his welcome. A terrible ice storm grounds all flights, so one of her dads and her favorite brother can't make it home from India. And then the power starts going out across the city...

Can Sumac hang on to the spirit of the season, even if nothing is going like a Lottery holiday should?

Author Notes

Emma Donoghue was born on October 24, 1969 in Dublin, Ireland. She received her BA degree from the University College Dublin and PhD in English from University of Cambridge. Her first novel was Stir. Her next novel was Hood which won the 1997 American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Book Award for Literature. Her novel Slammerkin was a finalist in the 2001 Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction. The Sealed Letter, published in 2008, is a work of historical fiction. This work was the joint winner of the 2009 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction. She continued writing several award winning novels including Room which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in September 2010. Some of her other works include Astray, Three and a Half Deaths, and Frog Music.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Horn Book Review

The racially diverse and blended family (two sets of same-sex parents; seven children, both biological and adopted; and one grandfather) from The Lotterys Plus One returns in a story of a challenging holiday season. Nine-year-old Sumac cherishes each and every one of her familys traditions, from attending The Nutcracker to marching in the Solstice Parade. But when a destructive ice storm hits Torontothwarting the return home of one dad and a favorite brother and knocking the power out, forcing the Lotterys to leave their home, Camelottery, and split up in order to find alternative temporary housingnew traditions must be born. As ever, theres an abundance of quirkiness and wordplay that borders on excess, but the warmth, humor, and affection in both the text and the textured black-and-white illustrations are undeniable. martha v. Parravano (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.