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Children's Fiction Alternative Family

Les Loteau plus ou moins

by (author) Emma Donoghue

illustrated by Caroline Hadilaksono

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Nov 2019
Alternative Family, Christmas & Advent, Multigenerational
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2018
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Nov 2019
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7



See below for English description.

Sumac Loteau est la gardienne des traditions de sa famille. Elle est toujours en état d'alerte afin de s'assurer qu'aucune des célébrations familiales ne soit oubliée. Mais cet hiver, ses plans tombent à l'eau lorsqu'un visiteur brésilien reste plus longtemps que prévu… Un de ses pères et son frère préféré ne peuvent la rejoindre, car une terrible tempête empêche tous les avions de décoller. Puis une panne d'électricité plonge la ville entière dans le noir… Sumac saura-t-elle conserver son esprit des fêtes même si rien ne fonctionne comme elle l'avait prévu?


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 favourite 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?

Original title:The Lotterys More or Less


About the authors

EMMA DONOGHUE was born in Dublin and lived in England for many years before moving to Canada. She writes in many genres, including theatre, radio drama and literary history, but is best known for her fiction, both historical (SlammerkinThe Sealed LetterAstrayFrog Music) and contemporary (Stir-FryHoodLandingTouchy Subjects). Her seventh novel, Room, won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada and the Caribbean region) and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes. It sold more than two million copies. Donoghue scripted the film adaptation, a Canadian-Irish film by Lenny Abrahamson starring Brie Larson, which was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. And her most recent novel, The Wonder, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2016.

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Caroline Hadilaksono was born in Indonesia, moved to Los Angeles when she was twelve, and while she currently lives in New York, she will always consider herself a California gal. She is equal parts designer and illustrator, and one of the original cofounders of The League of Moveable Type. These days she's busy making pictures, books, and educational science apps. She dreams of traveling around the world and one day living in a tree house. Find her online at

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Editorial Reviews



Éloges pour Les Loteau plus un

« Dynamique, cette lecture offre un bon divertissement et donne envie de s'ouvrir à l'autre, de faire preuve de tolérance, d'empathie. À suggérer aux 9-12 ans sans modération! » ~

« Emma Donoghue signe ici un récit humain, émotif, qui fait réfléchir et bien rire par moments! » ~ Les p'tits mots-dits


Praise for Les Loteau plus un

"[Donoghue's] fans will recognize not only her gift for representing a child's point of view, but also her knack for showing how a family, no matter how small or large, develops its own language, even its own culture." — New York Times

"A big, boisterous book with a lot of heart that speaks to the possibility and necessity of seeing diversity in stories. Highly Recommended." — CM Magazine


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