REVIEW

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant, March 3, 2017
This review is from: Talon, Come Fly with Me (Talon) (Paperback)
“Talon: Come Fly With Me” by Gigi Sedlmayer (Aurora House)
This book is simply brilliant; it’s also simply delightful and delightfully simple as well. I confess I took it up with trepidation. I felt it would not be for me. Maticia, an Australian girl, living with her parents and younger brother high in the Andes of remotest Peru. A girl with serious problems, not the least of them regarding her growth. A ten year old trapped in a two year old’s body, ostracized by the locals, their children forbidden to play with her for fear she would bring them bad luck. A lost, lonely little soul who manages to bond with a pair of condors and finds herself entrusted by the birds with their one precious egg in the hope that she can save it from poachers. It seemed unlikely, I thought. But I opened the book as I felt I must and then did not close it again till the end which, alas, came all too soon.
The style is plain; it’s simple, straightforward English; very instructive to children, I thought. Yet in no time at all disbelief was suspended and rich imagery – that came from I know not where – had me soaring on a more than three metre wing span, soaring with a pair of condors, high in the pure Andean air. That and waiting in nail biting tension with Matica and her family to see if the pair’s egg would hatch.
Does it? No way do I say. There will be no spoilers from me. But I will say that the tale has a high moral ending which is extremely uplifting as well, particularly for Matica. Obviously the book is intended for children and young adults but if it can entrance a hard bitten seventy year old like me it must be good for everyone.
“Talon” by Gigi Sedlmayer (Aurora House) I recommend it to all.
D. A. Barker; Author of “Killing for Christmas,” & “What Am I?”
TALON 1 COME FLY WITH ME WITH AWARDS
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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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