Talon, Flight for Life

Talon, Flight for Life

by Gigi Sedlmayer


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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 way home, disaster strikes. Her father is seriously injured 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.

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ISBN-13: 9780992339968
Publisher: Aurora House
Publication date: 12/23/2013
Pages: 438
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.97(d)

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Talon, flight for Life 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
SherryE More than 1 year ago
Talon, Flight for Life is the third book in the Talon Series. In this one, Matica, a young girl with a disability that has stunted her growth, travels with her father on foot through the rain forest to get supplies for the family's upcoming vacation. Along the way, they encounter various animals; some interesting and friendly, others dangerous. As in the previous books, Matica's condor friends, Talon, Tamo, and Tima, are a big part of the story. In this installment, the birds aid them on their journey. They even prove to be life-savers when Matica's father is bitten by a poisonous spider. The story shows the depth of feeling between Matica and the condors. The interactions between the birds, Matica, and her father are heart-touching. An added bonus is that there is a lot of information about the rain forest and the creatures that inhabit it. For example, did you know there are two types of piranhas: one flesh-eating and one nut-eating? Facts like this make the book an educational read. The book is lengthy - 104 chapters, and the main action doesn't occur until you've reached the 60% mark. But it's a very nice story with messages of being kind to animals, overcoming obstacles, and having courage in the face adversity.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Talon, Flight for Life by Gigi Sedlmayer is the third title in the Talon series and in this book Matica and her father are traveling to Cajamarca to buy food and medical supplies and pick up their family’s tickets to go to Australia. Matica’s parents, Crayn and Mira, are missionaries who have gone to Peru from Australia. Matica has a growth disability and at the age of ten, she resembles a two-year-old. Matica is reluctant to leave Talon and go with her father, but she knows the trip is going to be exciting and adventurous as their five-day journey will be through the rainforest and grasslands. Talon promises to visit her every day and take her on a flight, but Matica is not too sure if he will appear. The forest has its own dangers and scary creatures, and though Matica is frightened, she is also fascinated by the jungle’s beauty. On the way back home, Crayn is bitten by a poisonous spider and nearly dies. Matica turns to her condors - Talon, Tamo, and Tima - for help. Together will they be able to save Crayn? The story is descriptive and the author makes the scenes and characters vivid and lively. The author’s love for animals is evident. Her compassion for children with disabilities is also tangible as the story progresses. The bond between Talon and Matica is magical and special. The different layers in the plot make the story riveting and a compelling read. The journey, the adventures, and the life lessons learned have been woven together beautifully, making it a positive read. Matica and her condors will make readers smile, and all the other characters in the story complement the main characters and are memorable. It is a story about friendship, love, faith, hope and courage, a story to be enjoyed by young and older readers alike.
JeyranMain More than 1 year ago
Flight for life is the third book of the Talon series. In the previous book, we learn that Matica suffers from an illness that prevents her from growing. Her physical form is about the size of a two-year-old, but mentally she is 9. Her parents move from Australia to Peru where this little girl has to face discrimination and abuse from the Peruvian Indians. They see her as evil and refuse to have her near the other children. Things have changed after the birds become Matica’s wings. People in the village are more receptive towards her, and even her parents are becoming acceptable towards the situation. The adventure continues with the beautiful picturesque descriptive nature of the author’s writing, producing this wonderful book of self-discovery and love for animals. This fantasy world has nothing short of being an incredible tale of a little girl and her journey with these birds. In the third book, Matica has to decide to travel with her father for supplies. The trip to Cajamarca means that she has to say goodbye to her birds, temporarily. Aikon, Matica’s brother, also shines in the third book. He also loves animals and has a chicken friend named Elsa. Matica and her father encounter many exciting incidents while they pass through and back from the forest, creating this epic tale of adventure. Matica is once again, fantastic with her personality continuously growing and maturing. The literature is very well written. The content has a nice pace and flow to it. There are no sudden jumps or annoying twists of tales making you wonder where that originated from. The author remains to produce quality stories that are inspirational and beautiful to read. I recommend this book to young adult readers, bird lovers and fantasy fans.
Jamztoma More than 1 year ago
A Diverse Rainforest, the City Life, and of course Matica and her Birds! Okay! You will definitely love this story as I enjoyed it very much these past four days of my life. Matica returns in this epic adventure with her birds and this time she and her father make a long, eventful trip on foot to the neighboring village of Bambamarca and the city of Cajamarca from their village of Pucara all within the South American nation of Peru. Crayn, her father, needed to get to Cajamarca to make arrangements for their family’s anticipated big trip to their home country of Australia as they are missionaries originally from there. The thing about this book is that it was so colorful and exotic with all the strange creatures Matica and Crayn saw as they traversed through a jungle then a rainforest before arriving in Bambamarca. There were multicolored macaws, toucans, and monkeys and nut-eating piranhas. There were also some really beautiful but different plants and flowers like the giant lobelias that Matica did not fancy once she touched them. I tell you, the author of this book, Gigi Sedlmayer did her research extremely well or was delineating each of these things from experience as this book is like a biology textbook with all the knowledge Crayn had of them. It was a really nice read I have to say as it started slow in the beginning but eventually became interesting and amazing by the middle and end parts. And all through the book, Sedlmayer adds bits and pieces of her Christian faith with Matica and Crayn relying on it and Biblical knowledge to help them get through the journey. If you are looking for one that is family-oriented and speaks like good old-fashioned children’s books of back in the days, this series are the books to order. I won’t spoil the fun for you as I had my own fun of discovering so much from this book through its pages it left me in awe afterwards. And if you’re wondering about the birds, especially Talon who this series is based on, yes, he is a huge big deal in here too. I recommend this book highly for children and adults because aside from the innocence, there is also Sedlmayer’s excellent literary skills to note. Also, her editing skills are superb. So from me to you, get this book for your home library or for your e-reading device. You won’t regret it, I promise!
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Should Matica go on a five-day walk to Cajamarca with her father, or should she stay home with her condor friend Talon? Can she bear to be separated from the friendship that has made her whole? Flight For Life starts with Matica's difficult decision to risk leaving her bird for five whole days, for Matica has known no other joy so great as that of flight. And now she’s growing, albeit slowly. Soon she’ll be too big and heavy to fly. What if that happens now? The Talon series of stories, set around a missionary family, tells how Matica learns there are strengths in disability, being different can be gift as well as curse, and things you fear may not always be what they seem. It Matica can trust herself to believe in her family and friends, she’ll have more fun in the end. Short chapters make this a good bedtime reading book, with pets that really seem to understand their people, rainforest animals with real lives, curious dreams, and a fascinating journey. Fame, insecurity and hope all play their part in a changing world filled with known and unknown dangers. Matica’s relationship with her father is pleasingly filled out in this volume, and her ability to accept herself comes to the fore. It’s a slow read with lots of well-researched detail, short on action but long on absorbing thought, and well designed for families to share. Disclosure: I was given an ecopy and I offer my honest review.
ToddSimpson More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully entertaining story. This is the third book that I’ve read in this series from Gigi Sedlmayer, and I’ve really enjoyed each one of them. Reading about all the different animals, plants and trees in the rainforest has made this such a great story. Like Matica, her brother Aikon also has a way with animals, and he names a chicken Elsa that has taken a shining to him. He tries to teach Elsa the game of hide and seek, like they play with Talon. However, it looks like it may take the chicken a while to catch on. Matica is torn with her emotions, as she would love to travel with her father to Cajamarca and pick up supplies. However, she will miss her condors dearly, and especially her daily flights on the back of Talon. However, after she organises to meet Talon along the way, she is happy to spend the time with her father travelling through the rain forest. As with all young people, Matica is keen to race ahead of her father on their journey to investigate all the amazing sites. She should learn to listen to her father though, as the forrest can be a dangerous place. They come across all sorts of wildlife, and Matica is quite taken with one of the very bold spider monkeys that comes up to investigate them. They experience all sorts or wildlife, from a Tapir, Tucans and even a Puma along the way. Matica is horrified when she realises that Crayn has been bitten by a poisonous spider, and needs to get help for him before he dies. There are so many great things happening in this story, and it has been very well put together. It’s a book for all ages, and it’s certainly worth a read.
Lprice More than 1 year ago
Matica and her father travel by foot for about 10 hours to get to the city of Cajamarca. They go through a rainforest where Matica meets and learns about tapirs, macaws, toucans, fig trees, orchids, tree frogs, bromeliads, and spiders. The miraculous news of her friendship with the condors has traveled through many villages and Matica learns that everyone she meets has heard of her and admires her. She is a legend. In her own remarkable way, Gigi has brought more biblical wisdom and morals in her story to show others how accidents and danger can be a learning lesson and to have faith when there is no hope. The story continues, but not in this novel. The excitement unfolds yet again, so rush online and get the next one now while it is still available!
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Talon, Flight for Life by Gigi Sedlmayer is another great book. In this book, Matica's world grows larger. She and her father are off to the city. On the way back, her father encounters a grave danger. Will Matica and the condors be able to help him? The bond between Matica and the condors is so inspiring. This book as with the others is so good. It would make a great gift to give and would look good on your bookshelf. I gave it 5 stars but it deserves more. I highly recommend it to all.
AvidReader2015 More than 1 year ago
This book, Talon, Fight for Life, teaches me an important lesson: having a handicap may at first seem to hinder you, until you find a passion in your heart, something that drives you in inventive ways to overcome your difficulty. For Matica, whose body will always be trapped in the body of a two years old, this passion is her condors. We find her brooding at times, worrying about traveling to new places where she may be faced with rejection all over again, but perhaps a trip home to Australia may be an adventure. We have the confidence that she will overcome her challenge, “because without her handicap, she couldn't do what she is doing now.”  I hear the author’s voice, whispering in the background of the story, if you have a disability, find a "condor”, a passion of your own. Given the author’s  biography, her struggle with cancer, this is far from preaching, it is a model that she uses for her writing and her own life. The passion Gigi Sedimayer has for all animals—spider monkeys, pumas, chameleon, critters and even bugs—enrich this story with lively adventurous tales, not the least of which is the ultimate test of courage, when her father is bitten by a poisonous spider. I love the ever present closeness with animals, exhibited here by him: “But before he lay down, he rubbed the birds’ beaks and said to them, ‘Thank you for caring for me, for us. Good night, Mat.’ He closed his eyes.” How will Matica save his life? Read the book to find out.  Five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robert_Medak More than 1 year ago
Talon, Flight for Life is the third book in the Talon series featuring Matica, and her birds (Condors) Tamo, Tima, and their offspring Talon saved from poachers by Matica and her father, Crayn before Talon was born. Matica cared for Talon as an egg and they have become best friends along with his parents who have a special bond with Matica. In Talon, Flight for Life Matica and Crayn go on a long trek in preparation for a trip from Peru to Australia; also pick up medicine at the hospital in Cajamarca. On the trip from her home and back, Matica saw many animals, rain forests, cities with homes and a hotel. On the way back home, something happens to Matica’s father, Crayn and they must stay on a large bolder overnight. Without giving anything away, Matica’s birds perform something that surprises Crayn, as the trio of Tamo, Tima, and Talon act with almost human thought and presence of mind that no one believes possible. To find out more, you will have to read Talon, Flight for Life and see the miraculous trio of birds in action for yourself. The Talon series is for readers of all ages. Even for parents to read to their children. Talon, Flight for Life is about the bond between parent and child, and the courage that is within each of us and found when the situation arises and one must control themselves in a time of chaos.
CMTruxler More than 1 year ago
Gigi Sedlmeyer’s Talon, Flight for Life is the third book in the Talon series. This series is about a girl, Matica, and the animals she loves, but above that, it is about the connection between all living beings and family. This is not a tale or a book for the faint-hearted as it is a mighty-sized work. One will regain a child’s outlook on the natural world and find that such a perspective is a blessing. Matica and Aikon, her brother, are the epitome of childhood exuberance. They live with their family in a village near the Peruvian rainforest. The characters are emotionally well defined and relatable. One may have difficulty separating the humans from the animals in this work, but that adds to the desired cohesiveness of the storyline. Talon, a young condor and family member, shines as the star of this piece, as his behavior and Matica’s deeds mirror each other throughout the work. A number of the adult characters learn from both Matica and the three feathered members of the family. The plot is designed for the experience and message it carries, although it does not always carry the reader along through the story. It is well thought out and contains all the elements needed for a good strong tale, but tends to lack the momentum to propel readers into the sky to share the flight with Talon and his parents. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I only wish it enveloped the energy of its characters so that readers would feel the exhilaration of each flight. That said, I fully believe Sedlmeyer’s work is worthy of a reader’s time. One must only keep in mind that sometimes the journey is more important than the destination. Talon and Matica’s journey is definitely worthy of setting steps down the path to its conclusion.
franellan More than 1 year ago
Talon, flight for Life by Gigi Sedlmayer Brooding comes easy to Matica at times when she has huge decisions to make involving Talon. Talon is her best friend and believe it or not a condor that she learned to fly with. Imagine a young child befriending a group of condors, able to communicate with them and have adventures with one in her air. But, when Matica’s father wants to her walk with him to the next big city of Cajamarca, she does not really want to go. Asking Talon, her mother and family what to do only makes her brood even more. But, when Talon assures her in his own way that she should accompany her father what follows is hilarious. Aikon her brother, Talon and Matica play a game of Hide and Seek that only author Gigi Sedimayer could create for these endearing characters. Keeping her mind off of her mission for a short time even her mother Mira joins in the fun. But, her father despite the torrential rains that just subsided needs her to walk with him in order to buy food, medication and tickets for their 6 month holiday in Australia. As you hear the story told from the voice of Matica you understand her feelings, the fears she felt leaving her home and the sadness that filled her heart. But, a disturbing dream bothers Matica and when she relates it to her family her father seems not too concerned but her mother prays for their safety hoping that Tamo will be with them every step of the way as they prepare to leave for Cajamarca. The journey begins but everything she sees she compares to Talon. Her father trying to share the world and its beauty with her Matica seems to revert back to her feelings for the condor and might miss the beauty of the macaws, the toucans, monkeys and pumas which are amazing too. Her mind and heart at filled only with Talon and she needs to widen her horizons and listen to her father and her friend Amos to learn new things. The author shares so many amazing sights with the reader through both Crayn’s and Matica’s eyes. The Bambamarca plateau, the amazing Rainforest and its canopy, floor and jungle appearance, the macaws, the monkeys, the bold monkey and the Tapir that sniff’s them all add to the joy of the trip and the education that the author shares about these amazing animals hoping to allow Matica to learn about other animals not just the condors. When a deadly spider Crayn, Matica needs to take control of the situation. Finding the right medical serum was just the beginning but what happens to her father after receiving it frightens her very core. As she yells and screams into the sky for Talon she prays for some help for her father. Unconscious, delirious and with a high fever he cannot be moved and she will not leave him alone. Throughout the novel you learn about Matica’s devotion to her family and to the condors having faith in them to save her when things get tough. But, will Tamo’s presence and flight for life save her father? As Matica and Tamo try to stabilize her father Talon shows up and flies to her mother for some aide. But, what happens next is definitely what you would not expect. With little of no means of transportation and living in a secluded village how would help come? Will he live or will it be too late? An ending you won’t expect and a girl named Matica who never gives up. But, what happens between the condors and Crayn will definitely surprise you and what are those special leaves that Tamo found? Will Crayn make it home? Will anyone come to help them? What will the final outcome be? Just how will the Flight for Life turn out as author Gigi Sedlmayer brings the Talon series to a dramatic close or will she continue on with more? Three birds that you will fall in love with each with their own personality and differences making them unique. One little girl named Matica whose spirit and drive never give up on anything especially life and who begins to question God’s will and why things happen. So many friends made along the way and others who are revisited along the way. Find out where the final flight takes Matica, Crayn and the three most precious condors in the world. Fran Lewis: reviewer
Phoenix_Johnson More than 1 year ago
Gisela continues the story of Matica and Talon, ever faithful to her style and message in this, the third installment in her Talon series. So far, we have been with Matica as she rescued a condor egg from poachers, raising the condor chick she names Talon, while his parents Tamo and Tima watch in approval, and this is just in the first book. The second book sees dreams come to life as the relationship and understanding between Matica and Talon grows ever deeper. In Flight for Life, we follow the unlikely duo as poachers return and Matica continues to struggle with her self-esteem due to her disability. Her continuing acceptance from the South American Indians in the surrounding villages and cities gives her pride and reason to hold her head high, however, as they stand in awe of her relationship with the endangered condors. Some may view it as far stretched; but the beauty of hope and positivity is what makes this such a wonderful series. It is a perfect way to teach children and young adults that no matter how different we are, we can all make a difference and that whatever life throws at us, we should never let it get us down but rather take it in stride and keep our heads held high, just like Matica.