Review by Jeyran

Come fly with me is a story written about a girl named Matica. She suffers from an illness that prevents her from growing. Her physical form is about the size of a two-year-old but mentally she is 9. Her parents move from Australia to Peru where this little girl has to face discrimination and abuse from the Peruvian Indians. They see her as evil and refuse to have her near the other children.

Forced into solidarity and outcasted by her social surrounding, Matica befriends the nature, landscape and the beauty of the land. She makes friends with two birds, Tima and Tamo (Condor), and learns everything about them. The book provides a lot of information on these endangered species and Matica feels responsible for taking care of their egg and protecting it from the poachers. As the egg hatches, she names the baby Condor, Talon and that’s where the name of the book comes from.

On her 10th birthday, Matica discovers her powers and no longer feels ashamed of her disability when she teaches Talon how to fly.

I found this beautiful story to be a breath of fresh air. Come fly with me is the first of five novels written by this author and if the first one is this good, I say, buy it all.

The literary standard was epic. As a nature fan, I particularly enjoyed the picturesque descriptiveness of the world setting. The heartfelt emotions and feelings of a little girl with so much potential yet, restricted to her physical form were written in a splendid way. There is no doubt that this book is inspirational and it touched my heart in a very delicate way.

The pace of the story is steady and easy to understand. The message it brings is loud and clear. I believe anyone with a heart will enjoy reading this story.


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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