Talon, Come Fly With Me by Gigi Sedlmayer.
Inspirational Story About Friendship (Book One).
Inspiring story of a girl whose disability is her greatest strength and brings the important message of never losing hope in hard situations and using misfortune to look for an opportunity to be kind.
The story takes you into the Andean Mountains of Peru to a remote village where you meet a young girl, named Matica, who worries about being shunned by the tribal people because of her growth disability that makes her different from everyone else.
One day she befriends two Condors she names Tamo and Tima. The village natives watch from a distance as her friendship and trust grow with the Condors. It only takes a short time before the entire village accepts the little girl for who she is when they find she can also communicate with them.
And then the adventures begin, changing her life in marvellous way. Matica is delightful, caring, and undaunted by these giant birds and their offspring, she and her father rescue from poachers. 5 STAR BOOK AWARD from Book Marketing Global Network-2019
- MEDALIST WINNER for older published with NEW APPLE 2019
- TOP10 FINALIST with AUTHORS ACADEMY AWARDS 2018
- SILVER MEDAL AWARD with READERS’FAVORITE in Children’s’ adventure 2018
- Finalist with: BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD, 2017
- Finalist with: IAN Book of the year award 2017 – The Independent Author Network
- Silver for BOOK COVER competition with Authorsdb 2016
- 5-star Review by Readers’ Favorite
- 4 out of 4 stars review by Online Book Club
- 5 Star Book Award from Book Marketing Global Network.
5 Stars: Matica’s Fighting Spirit!
The story ‘Come Fly With Me’ takes place in the mountains of Peru. Main character Matica is on her hands and knees in the dirt hunting food for the two condors she named Tamo and Tima, when her younger brother Aikon asks about her activities. Even though ten-year-old Matica has a seriously disability (body of a two-year-old) her fighting spirit (not self-pity) is impressive, for her age. What she lacks in size, she gains in emotional maturity and a deep sense of gratitude for the beauty around her. She loves her village of Pucara which is close to equator. Surrounded by tropical rain forests, Matica can look out in any direction and see both green and barren mountains, forests and grasslands, green or brown valleys, small rolling hills and deep steep canyons.
Let me bring you into the story at Chapter Seven: “The next day, she went on her daily walk with new hope and an extra spring in her step. She was feeling lucky because both birds were not as high as usual and soared in front of the mountains, not over them. It must be a different wind current since they’re so low, she thought.
…..She remembered the day when she was exploring the plateau and had found that most beautiful place near the mountain with the big rock in the middle. Arriving there, she had baptised that place ‘Ramah’. She had read in her Bible the day before about a place that was called Ramah, so it became her refuge, her Ramah. She would lie on the rock and watch the birds soaring in the sky and wonder how they could fly without flapping their wings. She wished for them to come down to her, but they wouldn’t do that.
…..Every day, Matica would go to Ramah at the same time so the birds could see her and would become acquainted with her. She would also yell and wave at them.
…..After a few weeks, one of them flew lower. He must have seen her and must have been curious as to what she might be, or maybe he thought she was food. She yelled, ‘I’m here! Come to me, please! I’d like to see you and would like to talk to you!’
…..Spinning around, one bird circled lower.
…..Maybe, Matica then thought, maybe it’s coming down to see if I’m edible. But I’m moving! She sprang up and down, then yelled, ‘Hey, you! I’m not edible! I would only like to meet you!’
…..Still looking at her, the bird screeched loudly then joined its mate.
…..Matica called out, ‘Wow, you are big!’
…..Nothing more happened for the next few weeks.”
…..Matica is not afraid of adventure and runs to Ramah where the sounds of gun shots came from. Matica fears the poachers will steal the condor’s egg or harm the condors. Poaching is a serious problem and Matica Warns the Condor named Tamo of the pending danger. Matica watches the condors in flight and dreams about riding on Tamo’s back as he flies over the canyons.
Award Winning Author Gisela Sedlmayer does an excellent job with this book one in her Talon series. Gisela’s descriptive storytelling, age-appropriate language, believable characters and wildlife drama will engage any avid reader from age 9 and up.
In an age of cell phone and electronic notebooks, it is important to instill good reading habits in our children. Check out Books 1-6 in this Talon Series.
Editorial Review (Book Marketing Global Network).
Series: Talon (Book 1)
Paperback: 198 Pages
Publisher: Aurora House (December 16, 2013)
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About The Author: Book Excellence Award Finalist 2017, Sole Award Medalist winner with ‘New Apple’ 2017, Nominee with Global Ebook Award 2017, silver book award with Readers’ Favorite
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 drafts’ person in various private consultancies in Munich.
May 1975, Gigi and her husband moved to New Zealand. Because of language challenges, she started a handicraft business. As a specialty, she made colorful parrots of which she sold thousands in a few years.
May 1989, they became adoptive parents of twin girls from Fiji.
September 1992, they moved to Australia.
November 1993 Gigi was diagnosed with cancer. By the grace of God, she survived and seeing her husband writing the story about the adoption, she started to write short stories for competition since her English became increasingly better.
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.
- 2020-5 Star Book Cover Award from Book Marketing Global Network for Book One.
- 2021-5 Star Book Cover Award from Book Marketing Global Network for Book Two.
- 2021-5 Star Book Cover Award from Book Marketing Global Network for Book Three.
- 2020-5 Star Book Cover Award from Book Marketing Global Network for Book Six.
- 2021-Book Trilogy/Series Award from Book Marketing Global Network for the Talon Six Book Youth Series
- 2021 October-5 Star Award for the ‘Talon’ Series from Book Marketing Global Network.
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