Laya Brandt


  Laya Brandt is a teacher, mother and grandmother who lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Evod and the Children of the Star is her first book , and published with Jurnee Books (an imprint of Winged Publications). Follow her on Amazon here


  When a mysterious bird, Evod shows up at a private school in New Hampshire, he finds the Children of the Star: David, a shy, awkward boy and Julia, an untidy streetwise girl. He leads them down a strange tree and out of their classroom.

A tent intrigues them, a whirlwind scares them, a treasure chest tests them and a fire comforts them.

Evod also leads them to a glass star in the basement of their school. David takes it to Mel, the janitor, who explains the star’s background and tells them about a book written by David’s great-grandfather. Afterwards, the children give the star to their principal, a sinister character named Mr. Aark. In truth, he and Mrs. Barrey, the secretary, are plotting against David, his parents and the star.

When a nearby school has an explosion, David and Julia try to solve the many mysteries brought about by the appearance of Evod. Mr. Aark threatens David, Julia, and their friend JJ with expulsion unless they give up their quest for the star, but the dove continues to lead, protect, and comfort them.

In this fast-moving tale, the star disappears. David, Julia, and JJ trace it to a millionaire who doesn’t want to share it. Will David, Julia and JJ be able to return the star to its rightful place? AMAZON