Staff Review of: The Lost Ryu

The Lost Ryu
by Emi Watanabe Cohen

Young Kohei has an impossible memory of giant dragons, but they have been missing for twenty years. Will he be able to find them again?

All the giant dragons disappeared from Japan after WWII, but twenty years later Kohei Fujiwara has an impossible memory of the big ryū. Kohei has only ever seen the very small dragons, cousins of the big ryū, that fits in your hand.

And now that his grandfather - Ojiisan - is really sick and seems to be sad about the missing giant dragons, Kohei decides to go on a quest to find the big ryū. With the help of his ryū, Yuharu, and his new half-Jewish, half-Japanese neighbour, Isolde, with her Yiddish-speaking dragon, Cheshire, they all go searching.

Maybe, just maybe, he will find them. But he will also discover the truth along the way.

I absolutely adore this engaging and emotional debut. This was one that I devoured and couldn't get enough of. It's incredibly thought-provoking and heart-wrenching at times while still being hopeful. A really fantastic book to read in the evening or over the weekend.