Talon, on the Wing: A book about adventure and friendship (2) Paperback – December 16, 2013
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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
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.
- 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
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Because of this she had been ostracized and cruelly mocked by the locals and their children who believed she was possessed by evil forces. All of that changed when she and her Dad found and saved the egg bearing Talon, the offspring of 2 Giant Condors who became Matica’s only friends. She raises Talon to adulthood, with him growing even larger than his father is, and now Matica won the respect of the entire village.
In this second book of the Talon series, Matica is now able to ride on top of Talon’s back and they take many magical rides together, resulting in her comment to Talon, “Now I see the trees like you see them, from the top down.” Her disability of being so small has now become a benefit allowing her to fly on top of Talon to the amazement of the locals, many of whom were previously skeptical that this was even possible.
They fly over many incredible spots together including what looks like an ancient stone area of the Incan Indians where “they sacrificed their children to their gods” and they continue to have many exciting adventures together.
In summary, this book is thrilling and well written and is a very touching story. It has many life lessons about not judging others only on how they look but also on their character and inner strengths. It is a perfectly paced and enlightening read for children, young adult and adult readers.
I highly recommend Talon, on the Wing and gladly rate it 5 stars!!! Don’t Miss It!!!!
Matica finds that she has mixed feelings when she learns there are other people in the world who have the same handicap as hers.
New emotions stir in her as she finds confidence in herself to speak openly to the village people about her dream and her relationship with the Condors. Her trust in Talon grows as he allows her to take a ride on his back through the Andes Mountains.
Author Sedlmayer incorporates many feelings and emotions that inspire friendship, love, trust, forgiveness, faith and hope into the life’s lessons she presents in this story.
This book is a heart-warm read for all ages. Follow Matica and Talon as they continue on their amazing journey.
I recommend this book.
This novel with its many adventures should be strongly appealing to younger readers. Matica is the kind of heroine that they can get behind and sends a good message to children who are seen as outcasts or have physical handicaps. She tackles each adventure with gusto and doesn’t let much get her down. She is often times headstrong and willful but relentless in her zeal to accomplish her goals. I think this novel might not be as appealing to adult readers but would make a great rid for middle grade and young adult readers.
Her characters are very realistic in this fantasy and you find yourself cheering for Matica when she discovers she can fly on Talon, a condor she rescued from poachers.
Matica has some close calls but you have to read this book to see what happens.
I can't wait to read the next book.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading fantasy or any genre!
In this book Ms Sedlmayer continues the story outlined in book one of the series. Book one introduced us to the girl Matica and her family. Book two expands on the theme and the strange but beautiful relationship between a giant Condor and a gifted young girl. These stories are wonderfully conceived and very much books for all ages. I look forward to reading book three and seeing where this journey leads next.
I recommend you try this book, and the whole series, you will be enthralled and entertained.