Australian author Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer, originally from Germany until the Berlin Wall was erected, moved to Munich and studied architectural drafting – her entry into the work force – until she and her husband moved to New Zealand where her artistic gifts found response in creating hand crafted parrots. Gigi‘s next relocation was to Australia with her family now having grown to include two adopted twin girls. In 1994 Gigi was diagnosed with cancer and survived surgeries and radiation, and rather than ‘giving up’, Gigi turned to writing – the result being this very highly praised and awarded series – the Talon Series – a young adult series about a family of condors and missionary Australians and a young girl adopted by the condors.
TALON, FLIGHT FOR LIFE is Book 3 in The Talon Series and for those new to this ongoing series, the story is set in Peru and is focused on a young girl Matica who is congenitally small in stature (though nine years of age she appears to be age two!) and who is frowned upon by the Andean Indians because of her strange appearance: Matica is lonely and longs for friends which she finds not in people, but in the condors – birds of threatened extinction. She is guided by the great condors Tamo and Tima and when their egg hatches Matica nurtures the young condor, Talon, who becomes her closest ally. Together they soar through adventures that celebrate the majesty of the Peruvian landscape and beyond.
In this book Gigi summaries the progress – ‘Journey with Matica in this third book in the TALON series. Be with her through adventures, laughter and tears. Enjoy the feeling of friendship, love and camaraderie she enjoys with her condors, Talon, Tamo and Tima. Will they be safe as they travel? What about the dangerous animals they could encounter? Will Matica see her condors on her trip? We are drawn into the beauty and dangers of the rain forest, as Matica and her father travel to the city and villages in Peru – the enchanting plants and creature inhabitants, and the poisonous insects and treacherous things lurking in the forest and the waters!. The discovery of Matica’s special bond with her Condors puts them all in further jeopardy, along with her father being bit by a poisonous spider.
Each book grows stronger as Gigi captures our full attention with her imaginative story. Grady Harp, January 18
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.