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Children's Fiction Alternative Family

Les Loteau plus un

by (author) Emma Donoghue

illustrated by Caroline Hadilaksono

Scholastic Canada Ltd, Independent Publishers Group
Initial publish date
Apr 2017
Alternative Family, Multigenerational
Recommended Age
8 to 12
Recommended Grade
3 to 7
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2017
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Apr 2017
    List Price

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See below for English description.

L'auteure du roman à succès pour adulte Room fait un saut dans la littérature jeunesse. Ce roman met en jeu des situations résolument contemporaines : familles reconstituées, parents homosexuels, diversité raciale, scolarisation à domicile, prise en charge d'un parent malade... Un délice d'ouverture d'esprit et de tolérance dans une prose empreinte de finesse et d'humanité.

Sumac a neuf ans et se considère comme une « bonne fille ». Elle vit dans une (très) grande famille (extrêmement) turbulente. En effet, quelle famille! Quatre parents, des enfants biologiques et des enfants adoptés, et une ménagerie d'animaux de toutes sortes vivent sous le même toit d'une grande maison. Un jour, les enfants apprennent qu'un de leur grand-père souffrant de démence viendra vivre avec eux. C'est le grand-père qu'ils n'ont jamais connu puisque ce dernier a coupé les liens avec son fils depuis fort longtemps.

Alors tout change pour Sumac. Elle doit donner sa chambre à ce grand-père grognon pour qu'il se sente le bienvenu. Elle essaie d'être gentille, mais l'irritable grand-père n'est pas facile et il n'approuve pas leur mode de vie. Il est si difficile de s'entendre avec lui que Sumac n'y voit qu'une solution, le grand-père grincheux doit partir. Mais saura-t-elle lui trouver le foyer dont il a besoin?


The bestselling author of the adult novel Room bursts onto the children's book scene with this cross between Little Miss Sunshine, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Modern Family.

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 lives.

Suddenly, everything changes. Sumac has to give up her room to make the newcomer feel at home. She tries to be nice, but prickly Grumps 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?

Original title: The Lottery's Plus One

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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