5 STAR REVIEW FOR BOOK FOUR: TALON, CONNECTED

Matica and the condors are connected, and other villages are connected to Matica in a world where we all need someone, February 21, 2016

Talon Connected is book 4 in the Talon series written by Gigi Sedlmayer. Even though this is book 4 in the series, you do not need to have read books 1-3 to enjoy this book and understand it. Compared to the other books this one has less sections and does not feel as choppy or broken apart as the other three books. I had the chance to read this book with an 11 year old girl. She really enjoyed this book. This book talks about Matica’s birthday nearing and Matica is feeling more grown up than ever before. The 11 year old that I read this book with was easily able to relate to the character of Matica and couldn’t wait to find out what further adventures are in store for her

Caution there may be spoilers ahead
The plot in this book is pretty simple. Matica is ready to celebrate her 11th birthday while her younger brother Aikon is about to turn 5 years old. Matica lives in the same Peruvian village, only she feels like she’s more grown up and mature than she was when she was younger. Matica’s father is recovering from the unfortunate accident that happened in the last book. The condors try to help speed the father’s healing. The subject of poachers found earlier in the Talon series of books resurfaces in this book and it seems like you are never going to get rid of the. A boy from an Indian tribe develops a crush on Matica, and they work together to care for a sick elder in the village

This story talks about life, death, and poaching. There is a strong connection between multiple tribes and villages. This book reminds me of the lyrics from the Disney movie Pocahontas “We are all connected to each other, in a circle, in a hoop that never ends”. There is definitely a feeling of connection and the importance of cooperation and getting along with those who are different from you in this book, a lesson that both children and adults can learn something from. Of the 4 books in the Talon series that I have read so far, this one is my favorite to date

This book is well written and easy to understand. Very young children may have difficulty reading the Peruvian words and names in this book, so I would definitely say it’s better for the 9 years and older age group. The book goes into so much detail about the condors, village life, the Indians, and other aspects of the story. You can tell a lot of research and planning went in to the writing of this book. When I finished reading this book with the 11 year old girl I was sharing it with, she couldn’t wait to read the last installment of the Talon series. She was also somewhat disappointed that the adventures of Matica would soon come to an end

I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review

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