THE DRAGON WARRIOR
Inspired by Chinese mythology, this high-action middle-grade fantasy follows an outcast as she embarks on a quest to prove herself--perfect for fans of Aru Shah and the End of Time and The Serpent’s Secret.
As a member of the Jade Society, twelve-year-old Faryn Liu dreams of honoring her family and the gods by becoming a warrior. But the Society has shunned Faryn and her brother Alex ever since their father disappeared years ago, forcing them to train in secret.
Then, during an errand into San Francisco, Faryn stumbles into a battle with a demon--and helps defeat it. She just might be the fabled Heaven Breaker, a powerful warrior meant to work for the all-mighty deity, the Jade Emperor, by commanding an army of dragons to defeat the demons. That is, if she can prove her worth and find the island of the immortals before the Lunar New Year.
With Alex and other unlikely allies at her side, Faryn sets off on a daring quest across Chinatowns. But becoming the Heaven Breaker will require more sacrifices than she first realized . . . What will Faryn be willing to give up to claim her destiny?
This richly woven contemporary middle-grade fantasy, full of humor, magic, and heart, will appeal to readers who love Roshani Chokshi and Sayantani DasGupta.
HOW WE FALL APART
Hali Baumstein at Bloomsbury has preempted THE DRAGON WARRIOR author Katie Zhao's YA debut, HOW WE FALL APART. Pitched as ONE OF US IS LYING meets CRAZY RICH ASIANS, the thriller follows scholarship student Nancy Luo and her friends at an elite Manhattan prep school after their best-friend-turned-rival Jamie Ruan is found dead. But once Jamie's death is ruled a homicide, and an anonymous figure threatens to expose everyone's deepest, darkest secrets on the school's social media app, Nancy decides to find the real killer—even if it's one of her friends. Publication is planned for winter 2021; Penny Moore at Aevitas Creative Management negotiated the two-book deal for world rights.