Emi Watanabe Cohen
The Lost Ryū
In post-WWII Japan, Kohei Fujiwara must team up with his new neighbor, a mixed Jewish/Japanese girl, to search for the truth behind his family history and the disappearance of the giant dragons that fought in the war.
Publisher: Levine Querido
Publication Date: June 7, 2022
"A beautiful—though complex—exploration of generational trauma." —Kirkus Reviews
"A spellbinding mix of fantasy and alternate history that explores themes of generational trauma, resilience, and family love." —SLJ
“Gentle, humorous, and touching. A fantasy novel whose full-blooded mythology helps to emphasize the humanity of its characters.” —Foreword Reviews
"Deceptively simple, it’s an uncommonly sophisticated story in its exploration of intergenerational pain, family dynamics, and the surrounding emotions. Sweet and satisfying." —Booklist
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Emi Watanabe Cohen wrote her first novel when she was 12 years old — the most complete draft she can find clocks in at 234,780 words. That’s over 1,000 pages! Thankfully, her editing skills have improved since then. Her more recent work involves Jewish and/or Japanese folklore, complicated families, and a dash of improbable magic. She is a graduate of Brandeis University, where she studied Creative Writing. The Lost Ryū is her debut novel.
Tags: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, BIPOC