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Talon, Come Fly with Me: Inspirational Story about Friendship by [Gigi Sedlmayer]

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Talon, Come Fly with MeNOV 18
Posted by Literary Titan

Talon, Come Fly with Me (Talon Series Book One) By Gigi Sedlmayer is a fiction story about a nine-year-old girl named Matica, who is the daughter of Australian missionaries living in Pucara, Peru. She has a medical condition that affects her growth, which causes her to have a hard time fitting in. For several years, her only friends are two condors she calls Tamo and Tima. When the condors' egg is threatened by poachers, Matica is determined to protect it. Will she succeed in her aim, or will another egg be stolen from Tamo and Tima? And will the villagers ever accept Matica the way that she wishes for?
I enjoyed reading the various facts about the Andean condors that live in the mountains of South America. I appreciated the research the author clearly has done about the birds. She combined this information with many human-like characteristics in Tamo and Talon, which added a bit of whimsy to the story. The way that Matica attributed worded responses to the condors was humorous, as though they were actually talking to her. I liked that Talon hatched on Matica's birthday, just as she hoped he would. I also liked Talon's persistence in learning to fly, and not giving up until he succeeded.
This book has an encouraging message about overcoming obstacles, but some things seemed implausible for a girl Matica's age, such as her parents allowing her to go off by herself into a dangerous situation like when the poachers first returned to the area. At times the dialogue also felt stilted and unnatural, especially for Matica's brother, Aikon, who didn't speak as though he was only four years old.
Otherwise, I heartily enjoyed this moving story that showcases unique characters in an exotic location. There are four other books in the Talon Series, where Matica continues to go on new adventures with Talon and Tamo and Tima.
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#1 by busycat » 08 Aug 2017, 10:57
[Following is an official Online Book review of "Talon" by Gigi Sedlmayer.]

4 out of 4 stars Review by busycatIf you like wildlife stories or tales about South America, this children's adventure novel might just be for you. Talon: Come Fly With Me is the first book in the Talon series by Australian (German-born)author Gigi Sedlmayer. The story concerns a 9-year-old girl whointeracts with Andean condors, but there's no audience limitation onthis one as it's a universal story that brings out the child in everyone.

Talon: Come Fly With Me is about Matica, a young girl born with a disability that makes her body tiny. Her parents have moved to a small town in the Peruvian Andes to serve as missionaries for the local Indians. Her parents and younger brother Aikon have adjusted well, but Matica is shunned by the Indians,who view her disability as a bad luck and a curse. Feeling lonely, Matica forges a private life for herself by befriending a condor who has nested with his mate a few miles from her home. The condors give Matica their precious lone egg to protect from poachers, and she raises the baby bird, who she names Talon. Because the Indians admire condors, they accept her at last and her parents are proud of her.

For the pros, the story is fantastic. It reads really well and I was amazed by the author's ability to keep interest flowing smoothly even though the story was very simple. The emotions of Matica and her family and friends were the main element of the story and held a lot of drive although almost ¾ of the book was either flashback areas to when she first met the condors or was a real-time portrayal of raising the baby condor. It was a growth journey for Matica and her family rather than a novel with a "plot," and I felt I got to know real people by the end of the book,like watching a home video. It was sweet that Matica was even able to use her small size to an advantage because it made her tiny enough to ride Talon and fly with him.

There weren't a lot of cons as this is an excellent book with outstanding message and presentation. The final third of the book got a little slow, even though it was able to hold interest most of the time, because several chapters were devoted exclusively to every little thing the baby bird, Talon, did as it lived life. But that's not a big con, certainly not enough to keep from recommending the book.

I'm pleased to give Talon: Come Fly With Me a perfect 4 out of 4 stars. The book's subtle, well-drawn cast of believable people and its detailed, accurate information about condors (I painlessly learned a lot about these birds and their fight against extinction just by reading the story) make it one I'd definitely like to see in libraries and would recommend to parents and young readers.

Book Review
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorit

Talon, Come Fly with Me: The Talon Series, Book 1 is a preteen and young adult adventure novel written by Gigi Sedlmayer. Being nearly ten years old and having the  body of a two-year-old has not been without its challenges for Matica, especially since the Indians in the little village of   Pucara in Peru,where she and her family live, are not at all comfortable with her and  have forbidden their children to play with her. While she was born in  Australia, she's been living there with her missionary parents and her  younger brother, Aikon, since she was four years old. Matica loves the  village, but she wishes she could have friends like her little brother  does. Her interest in birds leads her to admire the Andean condors who  have decided to stay in the nearby mountains. She goes out to her  special place to see them every day and even takes a dead lizard, when  she or Aikon can find one, to toss up to the big male condor. Then one  day he lands in a nearby tree to meet her. It is a momentous experience  for both Matica and the huge, intelligent bird who almost seems to  understand what she says -- a life-changing one.

Gigi Sedlmayer's young adult coming of age novel, Talon, Come Fly with  Me: The Talon Series, Book 1, is a moving and unforgettable story about a lonely girl's friendship with an Andean condor. The author does a  fabulous job of recreating the little village of Pucara and the  surrounding natural areas for her readers, and her characters are finely drawn and authentic. Matica is a grand main character and watching as  she summons up the courage to meet her Tamo, the adult male condor she  befriends, is a remarkable thing indeed. I could feel her fear and  apprehension as she devises plans to foil the intentions of the animals  mugglers who are determined to steal the condor pair's egg, and cheered along with her as she finally sees a benefit to her special stature.Talon, Come Fly with Me: The Talon Series, Book 1 is most highly  recommended.

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Talon Come Fly with Me by Gigi Sedlmayer is aninspirational, engaging and thoughtful must read story. It follows thestory of a little nine year old girl whose parents are missionaries inthe small village of Pucara, Peru. Matica, finds making friends with the local kids to be difficult. Matica has a condition that has hinderedher growth, so she is extremely small like that of a two year old. Thelocal Indians and villagers, don't understand her and are leery andmistrustful of her.
Then Matica comes upon two condors, a male and a female. She is able to win their trust and begins to mysteriously communicate with them. Her adventure has begun. The condor's egg is stolen by poachers and Matica and herfather set out to rescue it, and they are successful. With the condor'sapproval, Matica takes care of the precious egg. When the egg hatches,Matica becomes a substitute mother to the baby condor and names it,Talon. The local's observe the success Matica has had with the condors,and they begin to warm up to her. Eventually, tiny Matica, becomes awell-liked, admired and respected part of the community.
Talon, Come Fly with Me by Gigi Sedlmayer is filled withwarmth and inspiration. It is a touching story about a nine year girlthat overcomes her disability and uses it for something extraordinary.Her love for nature changes her life and it becomes meaningful andpurposeful for her. Her disability is no longer a hindrance or something to be ashamed of.
Gigi Sedlmayer has woven a tapestry of beauty, harmony andexcitement in her fabulous story. It is filled with intrigue and evensome suspense. I loved it and couldn't put it down and read it late into the night to find out what would happen next. It brought a feeling ofserenity to my soul. I loved the tale of the giant magnificent condors,coupled with the human interaction. It is just a beautiful story thatadults and children will both enjoy. It will be fully entertaining forthe entire family.
I believe that
Talon, Come Fly with Me should be a readingrequirement in schools. It is full of emotion and love with importantmessages throughout. The exemplary descriptive writing had me on thebeautiful scene watching on as the story unfolded. Gigi Sedlmayer is an excellent writer with a unique voice. This story is original, genuine and compelling. Artisan Book Reviews highly recommends it to all readers. It is a page-turner and a mustread magical tale for everyone that likes clean, thoughtful and exciting reads about animals and extraordinary people.
Come Fly with Me (Talon, #1)
by Gigi Sedlmayer
J.S. Frankel's review Mar 22, 2018
it was amazing
I was given this book by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

What a lovely story of determination, acceptance, and hope! Matica is a young girl trapped in a body that refuses to grow, but her own stubbornness, grit, and pluck help her to succeed. I won't spoil the plot for any potential readers, but suffice it to say that when Matica helps a couple of young condors to find their wings, we take flight with them--and with her. The novel never pushes any pity buttons. It simply shows what a young person can do when faced with a life ostensibly filled with lemons--make lemonade. Matica succeeds, and then some.

Her character is one of grit--true grit. Does that sound like a cliche?Hell yeah, and props to the author for NOT making this kind of "work a tit and succeed" trope a cliche. Highly recommended.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00J2643PG
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Aurora House (March 16, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 16, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1045 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 238 pages
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Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer was born on 19 May 1944 in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin in Germany.

Her family escaped to the West just before the infamous wall went up. They moved around in Germany until finally settling in Munich where Gigi studied architectural drafting and met Albert in 1965, marrying in December 1967. She worked as a civil drafts person in various private consultancies in Munich.

May 1975, Gigi and her husband moved to New Zealand. Because of language challenges, she started a handicraft business. As a speciality, she made colorful parrots of which she sold thousands in a few years.

May 1989, they became adoptive parents of twin girls from Fiji.

September 1992, they moved to Australia.

November 1993 Gigi was diagnosed with cancer. By the grace of God, she survived and seeing her husband writing the story about the adoption, she started to write short stories for competition since her English became increasingly better.

She entered them in competitions and often got very good reports back, which gave her confidence to go on writing. One day the idea for the TALON series came to her and she spent the next several years bringing the story and the characters to life.

Currently working on the sixth book, TALON, WINDSONG

and the seventh TALON, THIS IS WHO I AM

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