The Lost Ryū is such a fascinating and unique book, blending whimsical magical-realism with heavy-hitting emotional content. In this world, every family has dragons, and in Kohei’s family, dragons may be the answer to their family’s pain. As the family deals with their Grandfather’s illness, Kohei and his new friend set out to find a big ryuu—dragon—that may hold the answer to many unanswered family questions. Written with a blissful sprinkling of Japanese language throughout, this story is all about growing up and making sense of very big emotions, with a gentle reflection on multigenerational trauma and how powerful communication is.
(Fantasy, ages 8+) - Reviewed by Iz