Talon, come fly with me is the first book in the Talon series.

Here is a short description of the book:

Nine year old Matica lives in a remote village on a dry plateau in the Andes of Peru. She moved to Peru when she was five with her Australian missionary and schoolteacher parents. Because Matica is challenged and is trapped in the body of a two year old, her growth handicap has caused her to be rejected by the local people and they would not accept her into their community or allow her to play with their children.

Being alone and having only her parents for talking to her and lifting her up, she often is roaming around the plateau.

One day she sees two of the incredible huge condors flying over the plateau. And there and now, she is making up her mind to befriend them.

And true enough, of the condors is coming closer down to her, weather it was that he was looing if she was food or if he only was curious, Matica never will find out.

But with patience and a sense of adventure Matica befriends him, as he, the male condor came down to her.

A strong bond and love develops between them.

Finding out that the condors, she named them Tamo and Tima have an egg and the poachers were just getting it, Matica with her father rescue the egg. From there on they are trying to protect them from poachers. Since they couldn’t bring up the egg again, so the condors could incubate it, she took it home, with the understanding of the condors to incubate it. She nurtures it to hatching. The egg hatches on her 10th birthday and she names the new fledging Talon.

Many adventures unfold with Talon and Tima and Tamo, and how Talon learns to fly, including her finally being accepted into the local community. And something totally unexpected happen.

This is the beginning of many incredible adventures with Talon and Matica. It also is a story of hope, determination and love.

Andean Condor-baby


TALON, COME FLY WITH ME-1 front cover copy


About Gigi Sedlmayer

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 draftsperson in various private consultancies in Munich. Since her uncle was a writer, she tried to write short animal stories herself. Nothing further came of it, but she developed a love for the written word and started to consume books. In May 1975, Gigi and her husband moved to New Zealand. Because of language challenges, she started a handicraft business. As a specialty, she made colourful parrots of which she sold thousands in a few years. In 1988, they decided to adopt and became adoptive parents of twin girls the year after. They lived in New Zealand for eighteen years and moved to Australia in September 1992. Two years later Gigi was diagnosed with cancer. After operations and radiation, she withdrew, thinking that she would probably soon be dead, like her friend who died of cancer, but her two little girls gave her the courage to keep going. After a few years, still among the living, her brain started to work again, so she thought, 'Get a grip on yourself and do something good with your life'. She remembered the time she wrote short stories and got inspired again, seeing her husband Albert writing the story of their adoption. Her English became increasingly better so she pressed on to develop her creative writing. Albert taught her how to use a computer and she wrote many short stories. 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. She now loves writing and spends most of her time at the computer, developing new story lines. She also loves travelling, 4x4 touring, swimming, gardening, handcrafting, reading, fossicking and enjoys good adventure DVD's or going to the movies.
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