A 5 star review for TALON, COME FLY WITH ME by J.E. Rogers


5.0 out of 5 stars Soar with the Andean Condors!, September 21, 2016
This review is from: Talon, Come Fly with Me (Paperback)
Talon, Come Fly with Me, is a wonderful story filled with excitement and adventure.

Matica is a little blond girl who does not feel accepted by the community in the village of Pucara in the highlands of Peru. On her own, and in her quest to connect with others, she enters the countryside and meets two Andean condors, who she names Tamo and Tima. Over a year’s time, Matica develops an uncanny ability to communicate with the condors and when she realizes that their egg is threatened by poachers, she rescues the egg with Tamo’s and Tima’s unspoken blessing. When the egg hatches on her birthday, it is the greatest gift Matica could have ever dreamed of.

Matica’s character captured my heart, and I was thrilled that she could relate to the condors. This not only made her happy, but also created a conduit by which she could connect with youngsters and families within the village where she and her family lived. It drives home the point that we all need to feel a part of the world in which we live.

This delightful story not only tells a fabulous tale, it introduces the reader to a great deal of information about Andean Condors, which are ‘near threatened’ according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The short chapters and easy reading make this book a super selection for an early or even reluctant reader. I highly recommend, Gigi Sedlmayer’s first book, Talon, Come Fly with Me, in the Talon Series.

J.E. Rogers
One Hot Mess: A Child’s Environmental Fable, An Australian Fantasy Adventure

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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