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Talon, Come Fly with Me Paperback – 14 Jan 2010

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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Bookpal (14 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1921578726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1921578724
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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“Talon: Come Fly With Me” by Gigi Sedlmeyer (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 Maticia 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 Maticia. 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 Sedlmeyer (Aurora House) I recommend it to all.
D. A. Barker; Author of “Killing for Christmas,” & “What Am I?”
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I came away from reading Talon: Come Fly With Me with a mixture of feelings, and as such I find myself very grateful for my recently developed/unique 1-5 star constructive approach to reviewing, and so here goes:

The cover perfectly depicts the story, is well constructed and attractive.

The beginning of the story, and the premise is full of promise and sets the scene very well with colourful descriptions building the foundation for the place and its characters. Basically, it starts off very well.

The body of the story is a mixture of short informative essay summaries about condors and the primitive culture of the inhabitants on the Andes of Peru, with the story of Matica's relationship with the condors, and how the natives come to accept her because of this relationship. They no longer hold to the primitive belief that she is a child possessed because of her growth condition.

All the above helps to build the elements of bravery, encouragement, friendship developments, and acceptance which are excellent qualities to have in a children's story. There's a part where how the condors attempt to protect their egg from poachers, which is quite interesting, and how Matica manages to save and look after their egg until it hatches, and so forth. However, there are no real conflicts, twists, nor is there any mystery or suspense in the story.

The whole story is pretty much presented as more of an informative tale. Which is fine for children, and even some more mature readers may prefer this kind of approach. I prefer the writer to show me what's going on. I struggled a lot of the dialogue... there are elements missing and I think quite possibly, the excessive use of the passive voice has something to do with my struggle too.
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the Condors family and Matica and her family. It was well researched and taught me a lot about Condors that I just did not know!! YA will love reading the series as they follow the lovely story of Matica and the Condors with the gorgeous, clever Talon, the little Condor Chick born under such difficult situations. Fantastic read and I am looking forward to the follow up books!! Thank you Gigi
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I was asked to read this book for an honest review and found it delightful and engaging.

This story is from the point of view of a special girl, whose differences, she feels, set her apart, in that she is not accepted into the 'normal' culture within the Andes of Peru...her body trapped too small for her age. What is special about her, however, is how she can communicate with a family of condors, and this bond takes the reader (and Matica) on an unexpected and exciting journey.

This tale is about difference, about friendship and about acceptance, regardless of difference, because, really, are we not all special but in varying ways.

It has an essence of magic in an unexpected way, and teaches lessons on many levels.

I don't give spoilers, but will say that this is an unusual story and delights the soul.

Worth reading.
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This is an inspirational story, beautifully told, of hope, compassion and acceptance. Matica’s relationships with her family and alienation by the local villagers are portrayed with a deep understanding of the human condition. The description of wildlife, scenery and Peruvian culture are excellent and show the author’s empathy with both the country and people.

On top of being an outsider in a closed community, Matica suffers from a growth deficiency that causes the other kids to single her out for ridicule. The ostracized Matica befriends a male condor, Tamo, and slowly earns his trust. Impoverished poachers are after the highly prized condor eggs and Matica makes it her duty to protect them. Her bond with the condors finally earns the villagers respect and acceptance when Matica defends them from the poachers. Matica lovingly looks after the condor egg and then nurtures the hatchling, naming it Talon. I don’t want to spoil the story for younger readers but that’s when the real magic happens and Matica realizes that she is special.

Passed TALON, COME FLY WITH ME on to my 12yr old daughter to read; I know she will love the story and the important message it delivers of wildlife conservation. If only more people were as caring and compassionate as the wonderful Matica!
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