The Lost Ryu
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"A beautiful--though complex--exploration of generational trauma." -- Kirkus Reviews
[STAR] "A boy, his new friend and their dragons travel across Japan in search of a giant dragon they believe may heal his grandfather in this hopeful and stirring middle-grade debut."--Shelf-Awareness
"Cohen interweaves Japanese dragon imagery, history, and post-war culture in a story that muses on the legacies of emotion and family experiences in shaping identity after war. She blends her fantastical imagery with historical fact and realism, bringing readers commentary and questions on cultural identity, racism, friendship, and political
"Cohen's touching debut has the air of a modern fairy tale, forgoing tedious world building and delivering a tight, thoughtful story of a boy coming of age as he unlocks the mysteries of his family's past. Deceptively simple, it's an uncommonly sophisticated story in its exploration of intergenerational pain, family dynamics, and the surrounding emotions. Sweet and satisfying." -- Booklist
"Gentle, humorous, and touching. A fantasy novel whose full-blooded mythology helps to emphasize the humanity of its characters." --Foreword Reviews
"Kohei and Isolde are a dynamic pair, with contrasting skills and such different life experiences that they are constantly challenging and learning from each other... The thread of quiet agony that runs under the misery of Kohei's mother and the anger of his grandfather hints at the war and its devastating ripples across generations."-- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"A thought-provoking, magical middle-grade journey that explores sacrifices, faith in allies and the resilient hopefulness of a child."
--Kit Ballenger, youth librarian, Help Your Shelf
"A boy, his new friend and their dragons travel across Japan in search of a giant dragon they believe may heal his grandfather in this hopeful and stirring middle-grade debut."
"Gentle, humorous, and touching, The Lost Ry? is a fantasy novel whose full-blooded mythology around dragons helps to emphasize the humanity of its characters."--Foreword Reviews
"Set 20 years after the bombs fell over Japan, Kohei, a young boy is determined to make his Ojiisan, his grandfather, happy again. With the help of new friends, he just may accomplish it. The Lost Ryu is a gentle novel in a world of dragons and loss, pain and healing, love and understanding. I was captivated by the story and rooting for Kohei the entire time."
--Jen Steele, Boswell Book Company (Milwaukee, WI)