A wonderfully entertaining story. This is the third book that I’ve read in this series from Gigi Sedlmayer, and I’ve really enjoyed each one of them. Reading about all the different animals, plants and trees in the rainforest has made this such a great story. Like Matica, her brother Aikon also has a way with animals, and he names a chicken Elsa that has taken a shining to him. He tries to teach Elsa the game of hide and seek, like they play with Talon. However, it looks like it may take the chicken a while to catch on. Matica is torn with her emotions, as she would love to travel with her father to Cajamarca and pick up supplies. However, she will miss her condors dearly, and especially her daily flights on the back of Talon. However, after she organises to meet Talon along the way, she is happy to spend the time with her father travelling through the rain forest. As with all young people, Matica is keen to race ahead of her father on their journey to investigate all the amazing sites. She should learn to listen to her father though, as the forrest can be a dangerous place. They come across all sorts of wildlife, and Matica is quite taken with one of the very bold spider monkeys that comes up to investigate them. They experience all sorts or wildlife, from a Tapir, Tucans and even a Puma along the way. Matica is horrified when she realises that Crayn has been bitten by a poisonous spider, and needs to get help for him before he dies. There are so many great things happening in this story, and it has been very well put together. It’s a book for all ages, and it’s certainly worth a read.
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TALON, FLIGHT FOR LIFE 3 front cover only

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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