Macmillan Children’s Books has acquired a children’s book by Emma Donoghue, author of adult bestseller Room.
The Lotterys Plus One is a middle-grade title about Sumac Lottery, a girl with six siblings, two mums, two dads. The family all live together in a big Victorian house they all call Camelottery.
When Sumac’s racist and homophobic grandfather nearly burns his own house down, he has to move in, causing tension within the family.
Venetia Gosling, publisher of the 6+ division at MCB, acquired world rights (excluding the US and Canada) to two books from Donoghue, from Caroline Davidson of Caroline Davidson Literary Agency (CDLA UK).
Gosling said: “The Lotterys Plus One is a smart, funny, wise and charming children's novel with a wonderful set-up and family dynamic, which I know readers will love. Emma has done a wonderful job of reflecting the diverse world in which we live, conveying it through the warmth and muddle of this very modern family.”
The book will be published simultaneously in the UK, and with Scholastic in the US and HarperCollins in Canada, in hardback in February 2017.
Pan Macmillan division Picador is the publisher of Donoghue’s adult novel Room, about a boy kept in a locked room with his mother, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker, Commonwealth and Orange book prizes.