The Dragon Warrior by Zhao
As a member of the Jade Society, twelve-year-old Faryn Liu dreams of being a warrior. But the Society shuns Faryn and her brother due to their half-Chinese heritage, and they must train in secret.
Then, during an errand into San Francisco’s Chinatown, Faryn runs into a demon—and helps defeat it. Soon she learns she’s the fabled Heaven Breaker, meant to work with the gods, command dragons, and wage war against demons—if she can prove herself by finding the gods’ island home before the Lunar New Year ends. Faryn and her unlikely allies set off on a quest across Chinatowns. But becoming the Heaven Breaker will require sacrifices. What will Faryn have to give up to claim her destiny?
This richly woven contemporary fantasy—the first in a series—is perfect for fans of Roshani Chokshi and Sayatani DasGupta.