Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 8 to 12
- Grade: 3 to 7
Sumac Lottery is the fifth of seven siblings who share a big house with their four parents, one grandfather and five pets. At age nine, she’s the keeper of her family’s traditions—always making sure the Lotterys’ celebrations go off without a hitch.
But this winter all of Sumac’s plans go wrong when a terrible ice storm hits the city, causing chaos. The emergency means that one of her dads and her favourite brother can’t make it home from India in time for the holidays. Their visitor from Brazil gets injured and the Lotterys have to look after him. Then the power goes out. . . .
The Lotterys More or Less is the second of Emma Donoghue’s stories about the family that likes to say, “Why not?”
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 (Slammerkin, The Sealed Letter, Astray, Frog Music) and contemporary (Stir-Fry, Hood, Landing, Touchy 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.
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 hadilaksono.com.
“Its appealing characters and warm good humour are certain to leave already smitten readers clamouring for more. The Lotterys have arrived.” — The London Free Press
“A heartwarming story that will appeal to kids - and kids at heart.” — Hello! Canada
“Wonderfully funny and uplifting.” — Resource Links