on August 4, 2016
I loved this book. There is nothing I love more than books about the interaction with people and animals and this book hit it right out of the park. Set in the Andes, and with a young girl who doesn’t fit in due to a physical abnormality and a young condor chick, this unlikely duo shares a bond of love and friendship that spreads to the village.

This is a book with a positive message and one of hope and love as well as helping each other and friendship. I love the themes in this book and the writing was excellent and works well for younger readers or adults equally. The exotic location and the exotic bird just makes for an engaging and wonderful read. This was a really engaging book.

Matica and her condor won a place in my heart with this lovely book and I look forward to reading the rest.

I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.

on August 9, 2016
This highly entertaining story about a girl with a disability that
keeps her trapped in a shorter body of a two-year-old is a treasure to
read! Her personality will delight you, and the Indians add to the
entertainment. The condors are the real characters here. It is like
watching a cartoon as you read the mischief and the adventures of
these birds as they learn to interact with Matica, her family, and the
Indians in the village.

If your child likes animals and wildlife and is fascinated by them,
they will adore this book. There are so many interesting facts about
these birds, and the details about how big they are, their
intelligence, and near extinction will astound you.

It is wonderful to see how the Indians finally accept Matica. She is a
bold, smart and brave little girl who is trying to make friends and
adjust to being lonely.

This book is full of twists, excitement, danger, and trust and friendship.

I highly recommend this series to anyone with children as a book to
share with family and to discuss what they learned from it.

Purchase it for your family today, or give as a gift to your
grandchildren. It is one that they will cherish and remember for years
to come!

Talon Come Fly With Me_cover website

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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