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Title: TALON: ON THE WING
Author: Gigi Sedlmayer
Publisher: Aurora House
$4.95 kindle, $18.95 paperback
What Matica has dreamed ever since she first befriended the condors is actually happening.
And now the adventures begin.
Matica is finally accepted into the community because of an incredible event. The people from the village love to see her with Talon and demand she tell them everything her incredible adventures with the condors.
Happy now to be small, Matica can do what she has always dreamed of - fly! Her closeness to Talon creates a seemingly impossible feat. In the meantime, her friendship with Amos continues to grow...
The scores of adventures with her beloved Talon help Matica to heal and gain confidence in herself, and the people in her life.
TALON: ON THE WING starts out rather exciting. Matica is flying on the back of a Condor. Unfortunately, it turns out to just be a dream, but... maybe it will become reality.
I enjoyed watching Matica learn confidence in herself and become more comfortable and accepted around the others in her village.
The book still has head-hopping issues, but most young readers won't mind that. I found the four-year-old brother's speech quite advanced... but he may just be a genius.
Avid young readers would enjoy reading TALON: ON THE WING, and learning more about Condors, missionary work in a small Peruvian village, and a girl with a handicap.
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.
Visit her facebook page to learn more: https://www.facebook.com/gigisedlmayer