Talon Come Fly with Me by Gigi Sedlmayer is an inspirational,engaging and thoughtful must read story. It follows the story of alittle nine year old girl whose parents are missionaries in the smallvillage of Pucara, Peru. Matica, finds making friends with the localkids to be difficult. Matica has a condition that has hindered hergrowth, so she is extremely small like that of a two year old. The local Indians and villagers, don’t understand her and are leery and mistrustful 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 her father set out to rescue it, and they are successful. With the condor’s approval, 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 locals observe the success Matica has had with the condors, and they begin to warm up to her. Eventually, tiny Matica, becomes a well-liked, admired and respected part of the community.
Talon, Come Fly with Me by Gigi Sedlmayer is filled with warmth and inspiration. It is a touching story about a nine year girl who overcomes her disability and uses it for something extraordinary.Her love for nature changes her life and it becomesmeaningful and purposeful for her. Her disability is no longer a hindrance or something to be ashamed of.
Review by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite:
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 animal smugglers 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.
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TOP10 FINALIST with AUTHORS ACADEMY AWARDS 2018
SILVER MEDAL AWARD with READERS’FAVORITE in Children’s’ adventure 2018
Finalist with: BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD, 2017
Finalist with: IAN Book of the year award 2017 – The Independent Author Network
Silver for BOOK COVER competition with Authorsdb 2016
5 star Review byReaders’ Favorite,
4 out of 4 stars review by Online Book Club
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