Matica and the condors are connected, and other villages are connected to Matica in a world where we all need someone, February 21, 2016

Talon Connected is book 4 in the Talon series written by Gigi Sedlmayer. Even though this is book 4 in the series, you do not need to have read books 1-3 to enjoy this book and understand it. Compared to the other books this one has less sections and does not feel as choppy or broken apart as the other three books. I had the chance to read this book with an 11 year old girl. She really enjoyed this book. This book talks about Matica’s birthday nearing and Matica is feeling more grown up than ever before. The 11 year old that I read this book with was easily able to relate to the character of Matica and couldn’t wait to find out what further adventures are in store for her

Caution there may be spoilers ahead
The plot in this book is pretty simple. Matica is ready to celebrate her 11th birthday while her younger brother Aikon is about to turn 5 years old. Matica lives in the same Peruvian village, only she feels like she’s more grown up and mature than she was when she was younger. Matica’s father is recovering from the unfortunate accident that happened in the last book. The condors try to help speed the father’s healing. The subject of poachers found earlier in the Talon series of books resurfaces in this book and it seems like you are never going to get rid of the. A boy from an Indian tribe develops a crush on Matica, and they work together to care for a sick elder in the village

This story talks about life, death, and poaching. There is a strong connection between multiple tribes and villages. This book reminds me of the lyrics from the Disney movie Pocahontas “We are all connected to each other, in a circle, in a hoop that never ends”. There is definitely a feeling of connection and the importance of cooperation and getting along with those who are different from you in this book, a lesson that both children and adults can learn something from. Of the 4 books in the Talon series that I have read so far, this one is my favorite to date

This book is well written and easy to understand. Very young children may have difficulty reading the Peruvian words and names in this book, so I would definitely say it’s better for the 9 years and older age group. The book goes into so much detail about the condors, village life, the Indians, and other aspects of the story. You can tell a lot of research and planning went in to the writing of this book. When I finished reading this book with the 11 year old girl I was sharing it with, she couldn’t wait to read the last installment of the Talon series. She was also somewhat disappointed that the adventures of Matica would soon come to an end

I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review

TALON 4, real cover
Condor 18

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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