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Review: The Cookie Crumbles by Alechia Dow and Tracy Badua

We love to see this author duo! I have loved everything I’ve read from both Alechia Dow and Tracy Badua. So when I saw this Great British Bakeoff meets Knives Out middle grade mystery I was fully on board. And The Cookie Crumbles is as cute as it sounds. Keep reading this book review of The Cookie Crumbles for my full thoughts.


Laila gave Lucy a cupcake on the second day of kindergarten, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. But the summer before eighth grade, they find out that since they live on opposite sides of town, they’ll go to different high schools. Yuck!

Then Laila’s invited to compete at the Golden Cookie competition, which awards its winner admission and a full ride to the prestigious Sunderland boarding school, and it’s the perfect opportunity. Sunderland doesn’t just have an elite culinary program; it’s also home to an elite journalism track, if only newscaster-hopeful Lucy could build up a strong enough portfolio to impress the scholarship committee.

But when one of the celebrity judges collapses after sampling Laila’s showpiece, rumors of foul play swirl, with Laila rising to the top of the suspect list. Even worse, a major storm has effectively cut off all access to the outside world.

Can the girls find the real culprit and clear Laila’s name before it’s too late?


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

The Cookie Crumbles is full of best friend baking charm and mystery. I loved both Laila and Lucy. Not only did I think their friendship was super cute, but I also loved how passionate they are. And how much they love their friendship. It’s infectious! Being dual POV was a fabulous way to see their own love for each other and their own secrets and insecurities. It was easy to fall into The Cookie Crumbles and this is perfect for any middle grade fans in your life.

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It made me think of all the secrets we keep. The ways someone’s words can absolutely destroy us behind closed doors. The competition vibes in The Cookie Crumbles is spectacular and I truly wasn’t even sure who did it. It’s full of twists and turns and is beyond sweet. Find The Cookie Crumbles on Goodreads, Storygraph, Amazon,, Blackwells, & Libro. fm.


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