One girl. One parrot. One ancient kung fu mystery. Meet Jade, the White girl in the Wong family.
On the surface, Jade fits in perfectly. But just below the surface lurks the fragrance of ginger, ginseng and a secret kung fu society.
When her grandfather asks Jade to find his missing bird, things take a turn for the bizarre. Soon, Jade is diving deep into the seedy underbelly of Chinatown and keeping secrets from her best friends and her cute eco mentor Cedric, the president of EASY-Stud (the Ecological-American Society of Young Students), aka the hottest guy in school.
There are a lot of questions Jade wants answered. Is grandpa really a martial arts legend? What's the deal with Asiaphile teachers? Is it wrong to wear chopsticks in your hair? Can you like Hello Kitty and still be cool enough to sit near the A crowd during lunch time? When will her nerd cousin understand that there's a fine line between being chivalrous and downright stupid? When will Jade herself learn the same?
And how can you choose between a boy who is yum cha (yummy & charming)and one who's dim sum (dimpled & sumptuous) while hunting for a missing parrot who thinks he's John Wayne?
This is going to be good once you focus. Start with Jade. What's her problem OTHER than the cutsie list you've given us? If the only thing she's doing is navigating school, you're going to need more. There has to be real conflict. Tell us about that. Your last paragraph is a 'meanwhile' one. Meanwhile (as she solves the problem) hos can you choose...etc.
You've got a very good comic touch. Like perfume, too much is cloying.