Mini Series: Matica’s Dreams by Gigi Sedlmayer
When Gigi came to me and asked if I would be interesting in posting some of her short stories on Kev’s Great Indie Authors, I had to find out more. Apparently, she has written five or six short stories that she also uses in her Talon books as parts of Matica’s dreams. I suggested doing a mini-series, where she submit one to me each month, and we could call it, Matica’s Dreams, or something else if she preferred. Gigi was delighted with this idea and so came about this first in a series of guests posts: Matica’s Dreams by Gigi Sedlmayer. I do hope you enjoy it. :)
First dream of Matica.
Dreamily, I sat on a rock by a creek that wormed itself around a field of dry, parched grass, thinking of nothing. It was late afternoon. The blazing sun was beating down from a clear blue sky, appearing like a pool of deep blue water. A slight wind swayed through the high grass of the field, stirring it around. Sparrows darted from here to there, filling the air with their mystical chirps. But then, suddenly, an idea struck me.
Could I change into an animal to see, to feel and to be like an animal?
Putting my finger into the water, I watched the ripples I created and listened to the quiet song of the bubbling water.
Presently a green tree frog jumped nearby. With that thought in my mind, if I could change into an animal, I stared intensely at it and wished to be that frog.
I felt dizzy. Goose pimples crawled over my skin.
Believing in what would occur, I jumped and splashed into the cold water.
The coolness of the water shocked me and when I looked around and saw my long frog legs to jump with, I shouted joyfully, ‘It worked! It really worked! I am the frog! Look at my jumping legs!’
Next, out of poor joy and that I could still think as a girl, not as the frog, I jumped out of the water then jumped and jumped through the grass. Oh, how I loved that. Free to jump. But then I stopped jumping and looked around, thinking that I couldn’t go on jumping. I wanted to know how the frog would see our wonderful world, how he was feeling about living. But
then it hit me. The frog in me was only thinking of food, how to find it, how to get it. Hungry, the frog looked around to catch whatever it could get. But frogs eat flies, I was thinking. Yuck, I don’t want to eat a fly. I don’t want to experience that. I was disappointed and hopped further, thinking that I could change into another animal that wouldn’t look only for food.
But then, hopping through the grass, the awareness overwhelmed me. ‘Yippee, my dream became reality. A few minutes ago I was a human and now I’m a frog. Well, a hungry frog.’
I bounced joyfully through the grass. Next I was painfully stopped by a furry paw, which stabbed on top of me. Trying to look up, I saw a black, wet nose that sniffed at me. And then two yellow eyes, surrounded by black fur, looked at me. Panic grabbed me as the snout opened to gobble me up. As I was thinking, that dog wants to eat me, I looked intensely at the dog, wishing to be the dog.
I became dizzy. Goose bumps crawled over my body.
Leaping joyfully into the air, I knew I was the dog. I had escaped its fangs and being its dinner. I ran to the creek and looked into the water. Seeing my furry face in the reflection of the water, I grinned sheepishly.
‘Hey, dog face,’ I called myself. ‘How are you?’
‘I feel pretty well,’ I answered my question.
Thinking that I had enough with playing around being animals, I wanted to change back to myself. But then I heard a condor’s cry. Looking up and seeing it soaring high in the sky, I said, ‘Not yet. That’s the only opportunity to be a condor myself, to soar high in the sky and to get that feeling of flying, flapping my wings. Yes, I want to be Talon first, then I’ll change back. Talon? Where did that come from?’ I didn’t know.
I desperately wanted to be the condor, so I gazed intensely up at him, wishing
to be the condor.
I became dizzy. Goose bumps crawled all over my furry body.
Next I looked along my beak. And seeing the earth flying away under me, I nearly fainted. But I got myself quickly under control, knowing I was the condor. I was Talon, flapping my wings. I was flying. I was soaring. The earth flew away under me. It was great. I flapped my wings and turned. The village came into sight. The village? ‘Oh, my God. That’s my home. I’m not a condor. I’m a girl that is flying on a condor, but not being a condor. How did that happen?’
Panic overcame me. I fell. As I fell, I was thinking, how can I fall from the sky? I’m a bird. I’m a condor. I am Talon. But no, I’m not a condor. I’m a human girl. And humans don’t fly like condors do.
I fell into the infinity of darkness. But then the fall stopped, as suddenly as I was the condor. I can’t say that I landed as a bird would land. I just bumped into something soft. When I looked, they revealed themselves as soft arms as they lovingly surrounded me. I looked at myself. I had a human body. I had jeans on with a jumper and a poncho hung over me. That someone that had caught me spoke. It was a human voice. It said, ‘All will be fine.’ I wondered, I really wondered. What does that mean? Why did he say that? Is that Dad? Yes, must be.
Kev: What is your latest book about, Gigi?
My latest book in the Talon series is called: TALON, ENCOUNTER and is the fifth in the Talon series.
The poachers are back – and they are looking for Talon. They are doing everything in their power to capture him, and if they can’t get him alive, will kill him. Determent to get him with all cost the poachers run up against the might and will of Tamo, Tima and Talon.
It is the poachers against the condors, Matica and the Indians – with the poachers even taking hostages to win the war.
With the help of Tamo and Tima, Talon and Matica do the impossible, knowing they have to capture and stop the poachers or they will be back.
Between the poachers shooting at the condors, the crows playing their part, and Tamo being shot and injured, Matica goes above and beyond to help her beloved condors.
Action-packed from beginning to end, Talon Encounter will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Kev: Who or what influenced you to write it?
I am writing now for the last 20 years after surviving cancer and following two years of just waiting to die. After these two years and finding myself still alive, I began to think again and came to my senses. And there I thought, I had to do something with myself. So I thought, show the world that I survived and can go on living.
If I can do it, so can you. Since I couldn’t work in my traditional job any longer, I started to write, remembering the time I was writing short animal stories as a teenager, in Germany. In the beginning I wasn’t sure in which language I should write. But then I decided to write in English, since my English became better and we live in an English-speaking country.
Albert, my husband, taught me how to use a computer and I wrote many animal short stories, since I love animals. And to show the world what I can do, I entered them in competitions. More often I got very good reports and comments back, which gave me confidence to go on writing and that I am on the right track. One of the short stories was about Talon and Matica. Judges from the competition loved the story and so I thought, I could develop a series about Talon and Matica. And so the TALON series came to life.
My motto was and is: “Teaching Children Self-Confidence through Service to Others.” Children today face immense pressure to fit in with their peers. (As I faced in my own life) This pressure is leading to record rates of depression among preteens and teenagers and this to suicide. Parents look for ways to build their children’s self-esteem; however, teens look to their peers and popular culture for acceptance rather than their parents. This puts parents in a challenging situation. Most children of this age group have issues with acceptance and this is explored and resolved in a positive manner within the story line of the Talon series.
Matica shows children and teens that they can overcome great obstacles with love, patience and a selfless attitude toward helping others and experience exciting adventure on the way.
Kev: Did you do any specialised research for your story?
When I started the story and knew I had to set it in Peru, because only there are flying the majestic condors around, I sat in the library for 3 full days, studying everything about the Indians, their land, their culture and about the condors and their habits and all. In that time nothing was available on Internet, as it is now. When I look up something now, I go into Internet. How easy is that.
Kev: What challenges did you face while writing the story?
To face myself. When I started to write the book, I never thought of the things they came out then. I wanted to write an adventure story for children and see what came out of that. Because, like Matica, I was rejected in school, not because of the growth handicap she has. I had other things. I had to face what Matica is facing, rejection, and learned, even from writing the book, more and more to cope with myself, to overcome my own rejection and to realise that I have survived a deadly disease.
In a sense it changed my life as well. I have more confidence now as I never had before. I never thought I could write a story like that. But now? I can and I will write more stories about Matica and Talon and her adventure, her life.
Kev: Who is the protagonist?
I would say it’s Matica, my main character in my books. She has to face rejection and conquered it in a wonderful way.
Kev: What would you say is the protagonist’s greatest weakness or obstacle and why?
Matica’s weakness was herself. But as she did what she did, it actually became her strength.
Kev: What would you say is the main antagonist’s greatest strength?
I started to write the Talon series for children for the age of 9 years to teenagers. But, as reviewers tell me my books are for all ages, from 9 to 99 years.
Children suffer from all sorts of affliction and through my books they can learn how to cope with everything, as Matica did, the main character in my books. She had to learn it in her early life. Children can and should find a “Condor” as Matica did. Not literally a condor, but every child or adult for that matter, they are battling with none curable afflictions, should find something that let them forget what is happening to them. Finding a “Condor” would help them to overcome that.
Parents can read my books to younger children so they can see that they are not alone, but that they can overcome their affliction in a positive way, not in a negative way.
I know that there are lots of people and children out there, who are not accepted by their peers. Children are getting bullied in school, driven to suicide. We know that first-hand as well. We have adopted Indian twin-girls from Fiji. Mostly they were accepted, particularly in our church. But when I went shopping with the girls, some people looked at us, with the look on their faces that would say: How can she do something like that?
Since I went through the things Matica is going through, Matica is actually me. (I am not handicapped but faced lots of rejection in my life as well.) Matica and I we are one person and we are looking for acceptance.
I say: Children with special needs or with disability, or are handicapped don’t have an illness, so there is no cure and it’s not contagious. They want what we all want, to be accepted.
Kev: Could you provide a short passage from your book to give us a taster?
A passage out of my first book: TALON, COME FLY WITH ME
The male condor spread his huge wings and hopped to the ground. Matica had to jump clear, out of the reach of his huge wings. Instead of flying off, as he normally did, he kept standing, turning around and looking at her. Matica’s eyes nearly popped out of her sockets. He’s so huge, she thought.
Standing stock-still and not folding his wings to his body, the bird blinked and waited for what Matica would do. Since nothing happened for the next few minutes, the bird tilted his head and grunted. Matica interpreted it as: what now? His mate screeched from the sky in surprise.
Matica couldn’t move. She was frozen stiff with fear and her face was as white as a ghost. The bird looked way bigger on the ground than he had looked on the branch. He folded his wings very slowly to his body now as if he knew he might frighten her, then he made another strange sound. Matica felt so small and thought: Will he kill me? But no, I’m alive. He can’t kill, just like Dad said.
Matica gasped for air and her pink colour came back into her face. She was amazed that this had really happened and she wondered: What should I do now? I think he’s afraid of his own boldness, and so am I. He’s watching me. I should move, do something. After all, I told him to come down … but he’s so big.
Kev: When you write, do write off-the-cuff or do you use some kind of formula?
Difficult to say. When I am sitting on the computer and want to write, the ideas just floating out of my fingers, my head, my thoughts and my fingers can’t write quickly enough. They just come.
Kev: How do you deal with writers-block?
What is “writer’s block”? Never had it, and hopefully will never get it.
Kev: Preference for writing: Day or Night?
I am writing nearly every day. So it’s day-time, since I can’t work any longer. (Radiation damage.) Sometimes I have too many other things to do, but mostly I do write every day. Well, today I am writing at the interview, to get the answers out.
Kev: What is your process for editing your work?
First I just write the story down as it comes out of my head and my fingers try to follow. But then comes the fine art; the re-writing and the re-writing and the re-writing. I think I become better now. The first book I think I re-wrote more than 20 times.
Kev: How do you come up with your book covers?
When I write the book I know exactly how the cover should look like. So I give that instruction to my publisher and she gives it further to her artist and he is doing the cover. If I don’t like it, he is trying as long as it takes. But he is good; don’t need too many changes, after the first attempt.
Kev: Do you think the book cover is important?
I have asked my husband when I had two or three different titles, and we always agreed to the one my books have now. I think the cover of a book is very important. When I am going into a book store to by a book or go into Internet to get a book or kindle, I look for the covers first, then the title, then I read the blurb in the back. I told my publisher how to do the cover, and provided “Matica” the girl.
Kev: Which publishing platform do you prefer and why?
Since I tried for so long on my own with traditional publishers, I prefer the self-publishing with my publisher I have now. She is good.
Kev: Do you face any daunting obstacles during the publishing process?
After I finished writing the first novel in the Talon series about Matica and Talon, I wrote query letters and sent my manuscript to several conventional publishers here in Australia. And guess what? I always got that rejection letter back. I even lost count of them. I tried for many years. I failed.
Next I approached an editor and agent and she edited my book properly. She loved my book and she tried to place it with a conventional publisher. But she too failed.
So I looked up all the self-publishers here in Australia and decided to let my book be published by BookPal in Brisbane. At that time, they were new here in Australia and weren’t as expensive as the rest. They did a very good job with the designing of the cover page, the outlaying of the book, the distribution, and making an eBook. They also wrote a press release.
When I finished the second book in the Talon series, I approached them again. They were a bit too expensive for me then. But a friend of ours offered me to pay, because he just loved the first book and thought, the books has to go out, people have to read them. And now in the meantime I finished the third as well and published with BookPal again.
But now, since I finished the fourth book I had to look for another publisher, since BookPal became too expensive for me. I found Aurora House. http://aurorahouse.com.au/ She is doing now a very good job, even better. We re-published the first 3 books with new covers. Better. And she is publishing the fifth now very soon.
Kev: What methods do you use to promote your work?
Well, that is a thing I am not doing too well. I am still a bit impaired and weak after I survived the disease. I also have big problems with my feet. Pain is a constant ‘friend’ with me. I am in several networking sites. My website: http://www.gigisedlmayer.wordpress.com
Kev: Do you have any advice for new authors?
Never to give up. Your success can be right at the next corner. When you gave up, you’ll never know.
Quotes from my books:
“Love and acceptance for each other, without boundaries.”
“Self-pity is a useless emotion.” “Self-pity can ruin one’s life.”
“Be you, yourself, be happy. Don’t let life pass by you. Don’t look back, look into the bright future. The future is as bright as the promise of God.”
“Smile – it’s the most beautiful attire.”
“I can do it.” These four words are the most power-filled words.”
Matica in the second book is saying: “I see myself as a girl that likes to overcome all obstacles, all problems and all difficulties how bad they maybe, because I found out in my young life that I can overcome them, if I set my mind to it. I succeeded and so can you. Don’t stick your head in the sand, face your difficulties, face your affliction. Look for a condor as I have done, I don’t mean a real condor like me, but something you can identify yourself with, relay to it, love to do or like to be.”
5 Star review for the third book TALON, FLIGHT FOR LIFE
Gigi Sedlmayer has written the endearing and captivating Talon series. Having reviewed book 1, Talon Come Fly With Me, and book 2, Talon On The Wing, I was happy to review Gigi’s third book of the Talon series, Talon, Flight For Life.
For some background, Matica lives with her family in a remote area in Northern Peru near the Andes. Her parents, Crayn and Mira, are missionaries, who came to Peru from Australia. The Indians of Peru shunned Matica initially, because she has a growth disability; at age 10, she was the size of a two-year old. However, the Indians learned to respect and admire her when they saw her friendship with the condors. They were awestruck when they saw her ride on Talon’s back and fly with him.
Book 3, Talon, Flight For Life, is my favorite of the series. The writing flows easily, and the descriptions are very well written. It was easy for me to visualize being there in the scenes and feel a part of the story. It is also an exciting and rather scary adventure.
Matica travels with her dad, Crayn, to Cajamarca to buy medical and food supplies and pick up the tickets for the family’s trip to Australia. She is reluctant to go and leave Talon behind, but she is also excited about new adventures.
Matica and Crayn take off for what they think will be a five-day journey through grasslands and jungle. At times, Matica is spacey and in her own world; she is usually thinking of her condors. Talon has promised to visit each day and take her for some short flights, but Matica is worried he will not appear. Her father would like to have her as a companion and feels rather miserable when she is not attentive. Crayn tries to get her attention, and when he does, she is excited about the wonders they are seeing in the rainforest.
When she is present and aware of her surroundings, Matica wants to feel everything: the feel of the giant lobelia flower, the maple tree leaves, the rain on her face, a macaw’s feathers brushing her skin, and the feel of a spider monkey’s hand and fingernails as it takes bread from her.
Periodically, she is frightened. The jungle holds danger as well as beauty. There are spiders, snakes and pumas, as well as other scary creatures.
When they reach the town of Bambamarca, the children greet her as a celebrity. The word has spread about Matica and condors. She is the girl that flies on Talon. This is the village where Jonah, a little boy with a growth disability, was put out in the forest to die. Despite their knowledge of Matica and her condors, the parents had murdered their son. Later they ask for forgiveness and realize their mistake too late.
Crayn sees Jonah’s parents staring at Matica, but Crayn cannot make himself smile at them.
Onward they go to Cajamara and pick up the tickets for their visit to Australia. They meet Rolando and his tame puma, Chaka; Rolando had saved Chaka from the poachers. They learn that the poachers are asking about the condors. Matica is frightened when she hears the name “poachers” and is worried about the safety of her condor friends.
Matica is excited, and a little frightened, about staying in a hotel and riding the elevator. She visits a hospital and sees a woman who is being treated for a spider bite. This last experience turns out to be very important.
On the way home, Crayn is bitten by a poisonous spider and nearly dies. Matica calls for Talon, and a raven takes the message to her condor friend. All three condors take care of Crayn and comfort Matica. The condors know about a special healing leaf and bring the special leaves to Matica to put on Crayn’s bite. Crayn has to eat a couple of leaves as well. Talon finds paper in Matica’s home for Matica to write to her mother and notify her of the situation. Since night has fallen and Crayn cannot walk, they spend the night where they are, an area infested with huge, poisonous spiders. Thankfully, all ends well, and they are rescued.
Throughout this Talon series, I am struck with the love and respect that Gigi Sedlmayer has for animals. She also has a deep empathy for those with disabilities. Her books are uplifting, and heartwarming. Patience, love, faith, forgiveness and courage are strong elements in her writing.
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.
Amazon Author’s Page
Nine year old Matica lives in a remote village on a dry plateau in the Andes of Peru. She moved to Peru when she was five with Australian missionary and schoolteacher parents. Because Matica is trapped in the body of a two year old, her growth handicap has caused her to be rejected by the local people and they would not accept her into their community or allow her to play with the children.
With patience and a sense of adventure Matica befriends a pair of condors. A strong bond and love develops between them.
Matica rescues the egg the condors, Tamo and Tima, are trying to protect from poachers and nurtures it to hatching. The egg hatches on her 10th birthday and she names the new fledging Talon.
Many adventures unfold, including her finally being accepted into the local community. And something totally unexpected...
This is the beginning of many incredible adventures with Talon and Matica. It is a story of hope, determination and love.
This book not only worth reading to only some limited age group but to all levels of age groups and enables the individual to understand:
a. The meaning of life
b. The beauty of creation
c. The reality of living in the natural environment
d. The benefits of kindness and obeying basic rules
e. How to reason well and find answers to problems
f. Parenting and parenthood
g. Psychological and physiological development of group of people in a geographical area
I highly recommend this exciting and life changing book to you. Invest in books like this to broaden your logical and mental psychological levels of the universe.
Schools, libraries, organisations, individuals and others are highly recommended to request copies for their customers and readers, and self.
What Matica has dreamed ever since she first befriended the condors is actually happening.
And now the adventures begin.
Finally accepting Matica into their community because of an incredible event, the people from the village love seeing her with Talon and demand she tell them about her adventures with the condors.
Matica is now happy to be small because she can do what she has always dreamed of – fly. She is accepted and loved, and because she is so small can have incredible adventures with her beloved Talon. In the meantime, her friendship with Amos continues to grow...
In this book, she has scores of adventures and near disasters with Talon.
Matica and her family are planning a holiday in Australia. She and her father travel to Cajamarca to organise supplies and air tickets. Although she misses her condors on the walk to the city, she sees wondrous scenery, rainforest, animals and birds.
On their walk, disaster strikes. Her father is seriously injured on the way home after being bitten by a huge spider and contracts a high fever. Not knowing what to do, Matica calls to her condors for help. The wait until they arrive is the hardest thing she has ever had to endure.
Journey with Matica through her adventures, laughter and tears. Enjoy the feeling of friendship, love and camaraderie between Matica and her condors, Talon, Tamo and Tima.
Talon, Connected by Gigi Sedlmayer (Jan 19, 2014)
Matica still lives in the small village of Pucara with her brother, mom and dad, who is recovering from his near-death experience. Her 11th birthday is coming up and the things she is about to encounter proves she is very brave. Events take a sudden turn when she is invited to see Elcano, the very old and frail father of the village elder Pajaro. Not once, but three times he summons her. She is afraid of him but he fascinates her. He calls her 'his daughter' Why? The amazing things he is about to tell her could be life-changing, things she had never thought about. Matica nearly jumps out of her skin at what she is told. 'Who me?' she questions herself. 'Really me?' Will Matica be able to cope with these life-changing disclosures? In the midst of all this, the poachers are back, looking for eggs and birds - and Talon. TALON, CONNECTED is far more than a kids' story. It is a story about growing up, friendship, and the challenge of moral choices and respect. Ride along during the ongoing adventures of Matica and her best friends, the condors Talon, Tamo and Tima, characters many readers already know and have learned to love. TALON, CONNECTED is the fourth book of the epic adventure series TALON.
Fifth book TALON, ENCOUNTER
Amazon Author’s Page
My name is Matica and I am a special needs child with a growth disability. I am stuck in the body of a two year old, even though I am ten years old when my story begins in the first book of the Talon series, TALON, COME FLY WITH ME. Because of that disability, (I am saying ‘that’ disability, not ‘my’ disability because it’s a thing that happens to me, nothing more and because I am not accepting it as something bad. I can say that now after I learned to cope with it.)
I was rejected by the local Indians as they couldn’t understand that that condition is not a sickness and so it can’t be really cured. It’s just a disorder of my body. But I never gave up on life and so I had lots of adventures roaming around the plateau where we live in Peru, South America, with my mother’s blessings.
But after I made friends with my condors I named Tamo and Tima, everything changed. It changed for the good. I was finally loved. And I am the hero and I embrace my problem. In better words: I had embraced my problem before I made friends with my condors Tamo and Tima. I held onto it and I felt sorry for myself and cried a lot, wanting to run away or something worse. But would it have helped me? Would it become better? Would I have grown taller? No, nothing of that would have helped me.
I didn’t have those questions when I was still in my sorrow, but all these questions came to me later, after I was loved and was cherished. One day I looked up into the sky and saw the majestic condors flying in the air. Here and now, I made up my mind. I wanted to become friends with them. I believed if I could achieve that, all my sorrow and rejection would be over. And true enough, it was over. I was loved. I even became famous.
And so, if you are in a situation, with whatever your problem is, find something you could rely on and stick to it, love that and do with that what you were meant to do. And I never run from conflicts.
5 star reviews for the fifth book, TALON, ENCOUNTER
By Alexia Janie Evans on October 17, 2015
"Talon, Encounter" by Gigi Sedlmayer is the fifth book in the 'Talon' series. I have read all five books in this series and have to say that I loved them. It is best to read this as a series but if you were to pick up book 5 you would be able to follow along as the author does a great job with the characters in the story. In this book Matica (the young girl that the story is written around) and her young condor friend Talon are dealing with poachers. There is much more to this story but it deserves to be read and enjoyed rather than me telling you what is going to happen. Perfect book for younger teens, but as an adult i thoroughly enjoyed it too. The way Gigi Sedlmayer writes shows how the author deals with love of animals, and accepting people with disabilities.
By Eliza E. on October 24, 2015
‘TALON ENCOUNTER’ – Gisela Sedlmayer:
It is war. The poachers are back - and they are looking for Talon. What an introduction!
This 382 page ‘Talon, Encounter’ is the fifth book of the Talon series by Gigi Sedlmayer.
The action-packed, inspirational and compassionate tale of Matica’s adventures with the condor named Talon, keeps us page turning. We learn to respect and admire Matica as we see her friendship with the condors - and she learns to interpret the condors’ sounds and gestures.
This is a super-duper series for young teens especially but can be enjoyed also by readers of all ages.
Recommended. A well-deserved five stars.
Well done talented author Gigi. I look forward to reading more of your works.
By J L. Mitchell on October 21, 2015
Cover Art: Eye-Catching
I’ve just finished Gigi Sedlmayer’s fifth novel in the ‘Talon’ series -Talon, Encounter, and I must say it’s an
inspiring piece of work indeed! Teaches a very good lesson in compassion and thoughtfulness.
More amazing books by Ms Sedlmayer (the 'TALON' series)
Talon, Come Fly with Me
Talon, On the Wing
Talon, Flight for Life
Review by children's author of: 'Lulu's Green Luge'
By Book Reads on November 8, 2015
Another great inspiring piece of work by talented author Gigi! ‘Talon, Encounter’ is the fifth book of the Talon series. Very well written and this action-packed compassionate tale will keep you page turning.
Highly Recommended. A well-deserved five stars.