The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue
Not since the Penderwicks has there been such a loveable family novel. Four parents: two gay couples, a man from Yukon and one from Dehli plus a woman from Jamaica and a Mohawk woman. They all became best friends and decided to have a baby together. One of the moms wins the lottery and they buy a rambling big house that they call Camelottery and fill it with seven kids and five pets.
Nine year old Sumac is the most level-headed of the lot until her world and her room are invaded by an aged grandfather no one has ever met as he and his son did not get along. Grumps has dementia and would rather be home in Alaska. Sumac tries to be nice but he disapproves of everything lottery including vegetables, whole grains, gay people, and the whole multicultural household. The family comes to see that sometimes the most contrary people are the ones who need love the most.This book is laugh out loud funny and would make a great read aloud.
Tessa's Picks, 3rd & 4th Summer 2017, 6th grade, Contemporary Fiction. Family Life, LGBTQ, People of Color