Tracy Badua and Alechia Dow with Janae Marks

Join us for a special book talk + cookie decorating event with award-winning authors Tracy Badua and Alechia Dow! We are thrilled to be hosting Tracy and Alechia for their new middle grade book, The Cookie Crumbles. Mix in a teaspoon of The Great British Bake Off and a dash of Knives Out, and you'll get a fun and propulsive middle grade novel following two best friends who must solve the mystery behind a baking competition gone awry.

Tracy and Alechia will be in conversation with bestselling author of the Zoe Washington series, Janae Marks. Following their discussion, we will host a cookie decorating activity! Wheat, nut, and dairy free options will be available. Please reach out to with any allergy concerns. 

There are two types of tickets for this event: 

  • Admission + Book: The cost of this ticket is $21.24. Each ticket comes with a copy of The Cookie Crumbles to be signed and personalized at the event. 
  • Admission + $5 Coupon: The cost of this ticket is $5, but it may be redeemed for $5 off any of Tracy, Alechia, or Janae's books on the night of the event. 

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?

Tracy Badua is an award-winning Filipino American author of books about young people with sunny hearts in a sometimes stormy world. By day, she is an attorney who works in national housing policy and programs, and by night, she squeezes in writing, family time, and bites of her secret candy stash. She lives in San Diego, California, with her family.

Alechia Dow is a former pastry chef, a librarian, and an award-winning author of acclaimed young adult sci-fi fantasies, several short anthology pieces, and magical (sometimes mysterious) middle grade stories. When not writing, you can find her having epic dance parties with her family, baking, reading, taking teeny adventures, and exploring her local food scene.

Janae Marks is the author of the critically acclaimed novel From the Desk of Zoe Washington, the New York Times bestselling On Air with Zoe Washington, and A Soft Place to Land. She grew up in the New York City suburbs and now lives in Connecticut with her husband and daughter. She has an MFA in writing for children from the New School. Visit Janae online at

Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
111 South Street
Plainville, MA 02762
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