TALON, ON THE WING

Just got a great review for TALON, ON THE WING, by Sheila Deeth. Check it out.
Matica is small for her age, small enough to fly on the back of her beloved Condor, Talon. She also has a talent for hearing Talon’s voice in her mind, and Gigi Sedlmayer’s On The Wing starts appropriately with girl and bird flying high across the Andes. But Matica might face the same decisions we all do as time goes on. Does she “want to live in a fantasy world, not in the real world?” Does she want to escape, or is being different okay?
 
The author’s faith, and that of her principal characters, shines through and colors this powerful childrens tale. After all, riding a condor is a kind of miracle, and who would believe without seeing? As Matica learns, it can be all too easy to let expectation blind us. Anger and fear make us unable to see or forgive. And the world can be a dark place for someone who’s not like everyone else.
 
On the Wing doesn’t sugarcoat its themes, but it wraps them in kind conversation and delight. As Matica says, “God would never abandon an ugly-looking person, or even a murderer.” She learns that “Grief is like a crippling disease …” through dialog that has a quiet old-fashioned feel despite its modern phrases. It’s not always natural, but it is frequently wise.
 
My favorite scene is the dance of the dog and the condor, though Matica’s frequent flights are truly delightful. A fun sweet addition to the series
 
Disclosure: I was given a copy and I offer my honest review.
 
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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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