The Lotterys Plus One

The Lotterys Plus One 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 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 LivesSuddenly, 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

Emma is the youngest of eight children of Frances and Denis Donoghue She attended Catholic convent schools in Dublin, apart from one year in New York at the age of ten In 1990 she earned a first class honours BA in English and French from University College Dublin, and in 1997 a PhD on the concept of friendship between men and women in eighteenth century English fiction from the University of

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • The Lotterys Plus One
  • Emma Donoghue
  • 27 September 2018
  • 9781443445573

10 thoughts on “The Lotterys Plus One

  1. says:

    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 and home schooled them They changed their family name to Lottery, and the house is called Camelottery When PopCorn s elderly father almost burns down his house, he comes to live with the family on a trial basis, taking over fifth child Sumac s room She becomes Grumps guide, and tries to understand the man who has not been in contact with the family and seems biased against people who don t look just like him The family has outings, studies different topics, and Sumac tries to introduce her grandfather to their neighborhood and tries to understand what motivates him This understanding turns out to be very helpful to her parents, who think that Grumps needs the care that a nursing home could provide Strengths This was certainly a very diverse book Even three year old Briar has decided that she is really Brian, although the family does still use feminine pronouns for her The family is also eco friendly way too green to have a car, because it messes up the planet , eats locally, and are always present and supportive of each other It s sort of like a Millennial, hipster version of Cheaper by the Dozen Weaknesses The foreword mentions that children all like to imagine themselves part of large families, like The Brady Bunch, and that the Lotterys are like that, but also welcoming and inclusive of all manner of differences This is true, but this book falls on the elementary side of the Pilkey line for me There are so many odd things in the book the back porch is called the Derriere, because it s the butt of the house that it s hard to take it seriously, and there are so many different kinds of diversity piled on top of each other that it feels gimmicky Middle school readers will find it too goofy to be believable, but elementary students might like it What I really think I thought about this one for a long time On the one hand, it s fairly humorous and lighthearted On the other, it s not going to help middle grade students understand diversity The Family Fletcher is a realistic example of a diverse family It is headed by two fathers, and they have adopted a variety of children The situations are in line with what many children experience I wish that The Lotterys hadn t employed the twee names all of the children are trees or so many alternative lifestyle choices not having a car, not flushing the toilet, etc If there had been fewer children or a mainstream lifestyle with the diverse parents, it would have felt realistic There s not much of a plot, ala Wimpy Kid, or perhaps the plot of settling the grandfather into the family is sort of lost in the barrage of anecdotes, quirks, and pet rats Perhaps this is an outcome of an adult author trying to transition to a middle grade book and trying a little too hard I really wanted to like this, but I m not sure that reading this book will make my students open to people whose lives are different from their own I much prefer Gennari s My Mixed Up, Berry Blue Summer, the aforementioned The Family Fletcher books, and Ignatow s Popularity Papers I am curious to see what others think of this one.

  2. says:

    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 trees They have cutesy names for every room in the house and can t call anything by their normal terms It takes a very, very long time for a plot to develop It emerges early on, sure One of the grandpas comes to live with the family Fantastic What follows is many many many many many chapters about Sumac being a brat and whining and lots of family outings It dragged on far too long and it felt like it was just a way to put the family in weird situations so we can see how progressive they are It s maybe the last like twenty pages that something worthwhile happens with the plot, and by then I was so bored of the family outings and Sumac pouting that I couldn t wait to finish.

  3. says:

    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 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 better world when our knowledge is confined to our own limited experience With this in mind, when I read early descriptions that repeatedly applauded Emma Donoghue s The Lottery s Plus One for its diversity, I considered it an ideal pairing with our summer plans And it is The Lotterys are a multi cultural, multi racial family that consist of two gay dads, two lesbian moms, and SEVEN kids both biological and adopted Oh, and those kids All named after trees There s even a Catalpa Years back when the parents won the lottery, they changed the ENTIRE family s last name to Lottery and purchased a rambling 32 room Victorian mansion in Toronto that they dubbed Camelottery The four parents then quit their jobs and dedicated themselves to homeschooling their kids, volunteering, and creating a sustainable lifestyle And yes The rumors are true The parents are bestowed twee nicknames like PapaDum, and Cardamom And Camelottery s assorted rooms are given similar treatment But c mon.IT S A KID S BOOK In an adult novel, soppy wordplay would get old Fast But IT S WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN Kids think this shit is funny Believe me The Lotterys Plus One, though, isn t a book whose merit lies only in its diversity This is no checkmark in a box It s a richly woven story that holds universal kid appeal Because The Lotterys Plus One is ultimately about FAMILY When a grandfather the kids have never met becomes ill and is forced to move into Camelottery, it disrupts the entire Lottery clan Grumps, so named because he s grumpy, doesn t approve of the Lottery s lifestyle Whether it be homeschooling, environmental conservation, adoption, or homosexuality, Grumps is anti it ALL He s the Grinch times 10 Sumac, our main character, is tasked with helping Grumps integrate into the family Something she s none too pleased about The crux of the story lies in whether it s possible to meld such disparate worlds together There s no question that we need diverse books Children especially so And I LOVE that The Lotterys Plus One has diversity coming out the ying yang But, as mentioned before, it s not JUST about that In essence, The Lotterys Plus One is no different from any family story It s a modern All of a Kind Family, The Saturdays, or The Moffats. It s a family with a crap ton o kids that are continuously getting into scrapes, having adventures, and laughing together And because Emma Donoghue is a skillful writer, she addresses the diversity present while also normalizing it So this book will hopefully never be limited to descriptions like THAT book about gay parents.or THAT book with THOSE kids from THOSE different races cultures but rather famous for the story itself.

  4. says:

    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.

  5. says:

    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.

  6. says:

    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 different combination of mixed races ethnicities There are an array of disabilities The kids are homeschooled, each pursuing their own interests The family home is as green as possible, the food is organic, they have no car, they dumpster dive like pros Although they are wealthy due to a lucky lottery win, they do not indulge in traditional status symbols, and the kids don t get a lot of stuff, especially plastic stuff, to play with, and have no money of their own except from outside jobs Also, they didn t buy the ticket You ve got the idea You can see the pitch meeting in your mind s eye That s the set up, now here s the drama one of the four biological grandfathers, previously never introduced to the children because of a vast array of bigoted and hateful attitudes, has developed Alzheimer s Can the generous, tolerant, loving family find it in them to accept this angry old codger and truly welcome him Of course they can And you ve guessed that he in turn develops a warm relationship with all of them Bullshit Put aside the simplistic, non combative, hardly ever actually hurtful portrayal of Alzheimer s The author has made one member of the family into a token exclusively for a plot point, and that nagged at me from the get go Nine year old Sumac is our point of view character Both of her birth parents were accountants, so I think we re meant to assume she s Asperger y Sumac introduces the rest of the family early on, pointing out whatever characteristic it is that the grandfather will mock or abuse at some point So, Brian is four, and was born Briar, and a year ago he changed his name, and he never wants to be referred to as a girl, although apparently he s never said he is a boy Sumac will now use female pronouns for the rest of the book, just to be sure the reader knows that Brian used to be Briar and doesn t for a moment forget that Brian, who keeps his head shaved so as not to be mistaken for a girl, is really a girl When the grandfather sees the child naked for the first time, of course he yells that it s a girl I m not any sort of paragon of enlightenment I get things wrong all the time If I am any good as a human though, I try to learn from my mistakes and not repeat them But seriously Even I know that the first rule of consideration for other humans is to acknowledge and respect how they choose to present themselves External genitalia and lack of clear declarations aside, if a child chooses not to be a girl you don t refer to him with feminine pronouns If Brian wants anyone to know that he used to be Briar that is his information to reveal or not Emma Donoghue knows this, I imagine And yet, she created a character and deliberately mistreated that character through half the novel, just so we could feel smugger than the grandfather Library copy

  7. says:

    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 details, some textual evidence that Brian is written as gender fluid or gender nonconforming, which is what reviewers and the author herself have subtly implied But no TW misgendering ahead On page 72, Brian declares emphatically that he is the prince in the fairytale, and the narrator says Brian has never actually claimed to be a boy EXCEPT FOR CHANGING HIS NAME AND WANTING TO BE THE PRINCE AND REFUSING TO LET ANYONE CALL HIM A GIRL On pages 166 170, Brian insistently learns to swim, and clearly given the description of the application of sunscreen wears swim trunks On page 184, Brian s family seems mortified that Grumps think s he s a boy, but Brian screams at all of them that he s NOT A GIRL, and didn t correct anyone with NOT A BOY when Grumps called him that On page 222, Brian always picks boy clothes to wear , of course On page 232, Brian is called a boy by a shop owner, and when sister Aspen says She s a girl, Brian objects, NOT a girl Later, on 235, the shop owner describes Brian as a sweet little person, so this woman is clearly trying SO HARD to affirm Brian s gender identity in front of clearly transphobic parents On page 250, Grumps has accepted the family s misgendering of Brian, and calls Brian girlie, to which Brian responds, NOT a girlie And finally, on page 303, Brian insists on being a brother in a Rakhi ceremony the family is doing Only in one sentence, at the very end, on this page, does Brian insist on tying a string on Oak, too Brian s biological little brother, over whom he is VERY PROTECTIVE , because I be sister AND brother Frankly, I interpret this scene as about gender ROLES, because tying a string onto a brother husband male relative is something a woman does in a specific Indian legend, to boost his powers of mind and help him fight demons Meanwhile, the men vow to protect my sisters and help them climb over any obstacles It seems clear that Brian in this moment is expressing a close relationship with his brother, who suffers from shaken baby syndrome, and wants to both protect him and empower him.And before transphobes come in here saying that Brian is just going through a phase or imaginative, remember that Brian spends than half the book wearing a cardboard fire truck costume that he made mostly himself, and yet doesn t insist EVER that he is a fire engine On page 290 he loses the fire engine and makes a plane with Grumps to replace it There is clearly a difference in the text between Brian s likes dislikes hobbies and Brian s identity.I don t care how magical fantasy great this book looks from the cover It s 2017 and an editor, at least, should know better SHAME ON YOU, Emma Donoghue, Arthur A Levine Books, Scholastic, and anyone else involved, for not catching this before going to print.

  8. says:

    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 them, and he changes the world as she knows it.This is a cute story, and almost every possible alternative lifestyle choice is thrown into the mix, including all the kids being home schooled Things are interesting and chaotic, but that s part of the fun I did feel that there were simply too many balls this story was juggling to be really successful, but I appreciated the effort to try and include as diverse a group as possible The other major issue is the premise as to why this family has the name they have, which means that money is simply not an issue Maybe that would have been one too many topics to tackle, but given all the themes already in the mix, this was a huge oversight in my opinion There are too many characters, and none were fleshed out enough to be able to really tell them apart Not sure why the story needed so many characters, and the action does take a while to get going I was annoyed with the parents for much of the reading, because you can t really be so alternative and then behave in a conventional manner when it comes to dealing with an aging parent, or at least talk about alternatives Granted, this is from a 9 year old s POV, so probably lots of this might have been going on behind the scenes I enjoyed the final several chapters the most, and while I didn t love it as much as I expected to, I do appreciate that stories like these are now available for kids to read, so rounded up.

  9. says:

    Gonna need to think about this one for a while before I decide how I feel about it.

  10. says:

    Too much, too, erm, earnest is not a strong enough word shall we say, preachy And awfully disrespectful of Dad I mean, I d get the nickname Grumps too, if I were treated this way, big life decisions made for me even though I m eighty friggin two years old After less than a month he s starting to melt and folks are glad to have him Um, no.Of course, I m a sucker for the list of books that Sumac mentions Most of which I m already familiar with, but Ima gonna list the unfamiliar ones in the comment section so I can investigate.

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