Room author Emma Donoghue's new novel, The Lotterys Plus One, her first for children aged 8 to 12 has already raised more than $100,000 (€86,000) so far for literacy and girls' education.

The Lotterys Plus One is the first in a series of novels from the Irish author aimed at readers aged eight to twelve. In the course of the first story, nine-year-old Sumac Lottery and her six siblings, four parents and five pets live in a chaotic but happy household. Equilibrium is disrupted somewhat when a grandfather with dementia suddenly has to move in.

"The At The Lotterys series draws on my nostalgic memories of growing up as the youngest of eight in 1970s Ireland, as well as my wishful thinking about what it might be like to home-school a brood of seven in 2010s Toronto, "  writes Donoghue on her website. The author has lived in Canada for many years.

"It's been a real joy to move into writing for young readers, especially as my royalties from this project go to Room to Read, a nonprofit working in literacy and girls' education across communities in Asia and Africa. The Lotterys series has raised more than $100,000 so far."

The New York Times hailed the book as follows: " Fans will recognise not only her (Donoghue's) 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. … I look forward to re-reading this warm and funny book with my daughters."

The Lotterys Plus One is published by Macmillan Children’s Books, with illustrations by Caroline Hadilaksono.