The Lost Ry

Levine Querido. Jun. 2022. 208p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781646141326.
Gr 3-7–Kohei Fujiwara’s beloved grandpa is really sick, and all Kohei wants is to make him smile again. To do that, he’ll need to bring back the big ryu—legendary dragons no one has seen since World War II. With the help of his new neighbor Isolde, as well as their palm-sized ryu Cheshire and Yuharu, Kohei thinks he might just be able to pull it off. Set 20 years after the bombing of Japan, Cohen’s debut is a spellbinding mix of fantasy and alternate history that explores themes of generational trauma, resilience, and family love. Kohei and Isolde balance each other nicely, and readers will enjoy watching their friendship blossom and grow. Kohei is Japanese; Isolde, like the author, is Japanese-Jewish.
VERDICT A great recommendation for fans of Studio Ghibli or graphic novel series such as Jaimal Yogis’s “City of Dragons” and Mark and Alexis Siegel’s “5 Worlds.” Recommended purchase.

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