2 great 5 STAR reviews for TALON, ON THE WING

on August 17, 2016
This book is about Matica, a little girl with a disability, who befriends some condors and then has flying adventures with them. It starts out differently than I imagined. I was as disappointed as Matica was when she realized it was only a dream. I appreciate it when the author points out what was not obvious to Matica, when she says, “Why didn’t you tell me that there are others like me? I always thought I was alone with that growth problem.” Sometimes children feel that they are alone in their disease or condition and need to know that there are others like them in the world suffering the same as they are.

The plot was easy to follow and flowed smoothly throughout the book. I loved how the condors act as much like children as the children do throughout the story. It is full of laughs and pranks and typical behavior of kids at that age.

I also found it to be inspirational and full of biblical messages in an unobtrusive way. Her brother is always her biggest fan and supporter, and there are plenty of positive messages that help Matica as she struggles with her sadness, doubts, negativity, and disability.

The ending came was fun and full of surprises. It was also a tear-jerker. I feel that this story would be perfect for a teacher to read out loud to a classroom full of students. There is so much to be learned and taught through the message in this delightful tale

on August 26, 2016
The first book was creative, original and engaging and the second in the series is just as wonderfully written. The book is great for readers of all ages, from young to adult and the story is inspiring.

The book is set in Peru, giving readers a glimpse into this exotic location and the even more exotic birds, the condors. Talon and his parents are written with so much character that the story just comes alive. You can visualize talon as you read, and it really makes the story endearing. Matica is also well written – an outsider due to her size, she was alone other than her family and the condors she befriends. Thanks to her bond with Talon, the villagers begin to embrace her as one of them.

This really is a wonderful book. The characters and birds are given so many nuanced characteristics, this makes it a good read for all ages. The author clearly has a good insight into the link between animals and the people who love them and it shows. I look forward to reading the rest in the series. Talon takes readers to the mountains of Peru and will make your heart soar with happiness.

Talon On the Wing 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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2 Responses to 2 great 5 STAR reviews for TALON, ON THE WING

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