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The Lotterys Plus One


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The one thing in life that never changes . . . is that sooner or later things change. Full of warmth and heart, a first novel for children from Emma Donoghue, internationally award-winning and bestselling author of Room

About the Author

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. The Lotterys Plus One is her first novel for children.

Caroline Hadilaksono was born in Indonesia and moved to Los Angeles when she was twelve. She now lives and works in New York, where she is a freelance designer and illustrator, working on everything from children's books to murals.


I loved the Lotterys! Wonderfully wacky, full of humour and lovely soft touches. * Award-winning author, Elizabeth Laird *
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 *
Told with utter charm and a lightness of touch * BookTrust *
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 *
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 *
[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 *

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