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Talon, on the Wing: A book about adventure and friendship (2) Paperback – December 16, 2013

4.7 out of 5 stars 71 ratings
Book 2 of 6: Talon

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Editorial Reviews


To face myself and the struggles I went through and being the hero in my own books. I don't have the challenge as Matica has, but different things. I had to struggle nearly all my life. Matica is me.
And as Mira and Matica are saying in my books:
'Sometimes the worst and greatest problems in life cannot be solved. They can only be outgrown.' And I have been outgrown them. Many times, I might say.

"I can do it. These four words are the most power-filled words."
"Let your smile change the world, don't let the world change your smile."
"If you don't know how to go on in life, whatever it might be, even if you have a disability, find a 'condor'." 
Not really, for not everyone can find a condor, but whatever they would like to find and love, as Matica loves Talon.
That is just what Matica does in my book, TALON, COME FLY WITH ME. Now she can handle every obstacle...

5 star review by J. S. Franke

I was gifted with a copy of this novel by the author.

I'd  already read the first novel in the series, and was entranced by it, so I figured that #2 would be just as good. It was...and even better in many ways.

Matica is a pre-teen girl trapped in a tiny child's body, that of someone who is two years old. At first ostracized by the  Indians where she lives, her only dream is to escape the existence she  has as someone who is handicapped but doesn't view herself as being  such, and she manages to fly, figuratively as well as literally, through a pet condor she raises and befriends. The flying scenes were  spectacularly done, in my opinion.

She can also hear Talon's (the condor's) thoughts, and while that verges on the incredible, it still  shows the connection and love she has for her winged friend.

It's difficult to portray such things effectively. Too much, and the story  get maudlin. Too little, it comes off as shallow wish-fulfillment. In  Ms. Sedlmayer's case, she does neither, and pulls it off with finesse.Yes, it's a you-can-do-it type of novel, but it's done in a  matter-of-fact manner and done so well you'll be rooting for Matica from the first page onward.

There were a couple of issues I had with  this novel. It is long, over four hundred pages, and while it maintains a steady pace and never really lags, there were some repetitive scenes  that could have been cut out and would have not lessened the message at  all. I guess that's a quirk on my part, as I'm used to reading--and  writing--shorter novels.

Additionally, some of the dialogue  seemed a bit advanced for the person speaking it, mainly Matica's  brother, and there was a fair amount of head hopping, but even so, Ms.Sedlmayer's narrative hooked me.


What challenged Matica has dreamed ever since she first saw and befriended the condors Tamo and Tima is actually happening with their offspring Talon she and her father had rescued from poachers.
And now the incredible, unbelievable, remarkable and wonderful adventures with Talon begins after the incident that happened in Matica's hut.
Finally accepting Matica into their community because of that event and further events, the people from the village love seeing her with Talon and insist she tells them every day about her adventures with the condors.
Matica is now happy to be small because she can do no other can what she has dreamed of - fly. She has the time of her young life with Talon and now she knows what a great advantage she has for others.
In the meantime, her friendship with Amos continues to grow...
The adventures and near disasters with Talon never stop.

The author did an incredible job bringing to life lovely characters and scenedescriptions that will stimulate your imagination and will make youcheer for our little heroine of this story. From the first book of thisseries, "Talon, Come Fly with Me", we learnt that Matica is a youngchild that is small in size for her age and because of that she is notwell accepted in her community. The only friends she can make are twocondors. With the help of her father, she manages to save the condors'egg that was being searched by poachers and bring it to her care untilit hatches (and there you have Talon!). The bound between Matica and the condors is very special and with that she starts being accepted in thecommunity, as they respect her care for the birds. In this second book,the author describes many adventures lived by Matica and Talon, as wellas the development of her friendship with Amos and the rest of thetribe. There are plans for a short travel in the near future and a longtravel to Australia later. New characters are introduced in the storyand the topic about acceptance is reinforced. The author is a superbstoryteller and I recommend this book to the permanent library of allreaders that appreciate a well written story that will keep youentertained for hours.
I received a copy of his book from the authorfor reviewing, and I was not requested to provide a positive review.Opinion expressed here is my own.

Anotherbook in the Talon series that seemed well worth reading. Again, anotherstory about friendship and freedom, about intercultural aspects in South America, and the dilemmas the main characters face. It kind of reminded me about the Disney movie "The Rescuers Down Under" where a child feels the excitement of riding on an eagle's wings. Perhaps someday, afterall the discoveries in this century, we'll figure out how to communicate with birds and fly on their wings. The book gives a sense of quietnessand feeling to the readers, something you may particularly enjoy on your chair in the living room, pulling back into the woods, or on the beachon a summer vacation.

From the Author

I wanted to write a story about a handicapped or challenged girl to show readers what they can achieve if they put their minds not to the negativity but to the positivity. (As Matica had to learn it as well, and I have done nearly my whole life myself. Being rejected in school as well, I was always an outsider, keeping to myself in the turtles shell, had hardly any friends.) And since I love birds, I decided to let her have a bird. But then came, what bird? And then the idea went even further. What is if she could fly on the bird? That would be something. But to do that, she has to have a disability to be very small. But again, the bird has to be big as well. And there the condor came to my mind. I loved the condors before. Amazing birds. They are the biggest land birds (vulture) on our wonderful earth. And so the story about Matica and Talon came to existence. And then I had to set the scene in Peru close to the great Andes where the condors live. And so it came, that I decided to let her family go to Peru as missionary from Australia.
My motto was and is: "Teaching Children Self-Confidence through Service to Others." Children today face immense pressure to fit in with their peers. (As I faced in my own life) This pressure is leading to record rates of depression among preteens and teenagers and this to suicide. Parents look for ways to build their children's self-esteem; however, teens look to their peers and popular culture for acceptance rather than their parents. This puts parents in a challenging situation. Most children of this age group have issues with acceptance and this is explored and resolved in a positive manner within the story line of the Talon series. Matica shows children and teens that they can overcome great obstacles with love, patience and a selfless attitude toward helping others and experience exciting adventure on the way.

Product details

  • Publisher : Aurora House (December 16, 2013)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 350 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0987555189
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0987555182
  • Item Weight : 15.7 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.78 x 8.5 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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