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Come Fly with Me

(Talon #1)

4.66  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Nine year old Matica lives in a remote village on a dry plateau in the Andes of Peru with her Australian missionary and schoolteacher parents. Matica has a growth handicap and is trapped in the body of a two year old, causing her to be rejected by the local people, who do not allow her to play with their children. With patience and a sense of adventure, Matica befriends a ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published December 16th 2013 by Aurora House (first published December 1st 2009)
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Judi Hale
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Your heart immediately goes out to Matica. Here she is, a smart, pretty little nine year old girl. The keyword is little. She is half the size of her five year old brother. Not being able to grow like normal children is her handicap. It causes the Indians in the village where her father is a teacher/missionary to fear her and they shun her.
in her loneliness, she befriends a pair of condors. Condors are extremely ugly with a long, skinny and bald neck attached to a cumbersome body and they feed o
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story about a missionary family from Australia teaching the Indians in the mountains of Peru, and in particular, their daughter Matica. Matica is 9 and was born with a growth disorder which makes her much smaller than she should be for her age. She questions her purpose here, being so much smaller than everyone and the Indians make her existence no easier by teasing her because of it and having no friends. She then befriends two condors, Tamo and Tia, and manages to save their lone e ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so fun and really makes you appreciate the life of the condor. The family of condors have accepted one small girl as their friend and this records that journey. The story will delight children as well as adults. I loved the intelligence of Tamo in particular.

The story takes place in a village in the Andes and the scenes and the activities of the family, village, and birds will charm you and entertain you.
Gigi Sedlmayer
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Matica is saying:
Live life the fullest, as much as you can. Smile as much as you can. As Crayn said in my book: Let your smile change the world, don’t let the world change your smile. And: Smile – it’s the most beautiful attire. And: “If you don’t know how to go on in life, whatever it might be, even if you have a disability, find a ‘condor’.” Not literally, but something you can rely to, something you love doing, something to help others. Whatever it is, that makes you happy. The condors made M
Victoria Siczak
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Talon, Come fly with me," is a fascinating and adventurous tale of love, hope and the enduring human spirit. Nine year old Matica, is very small in stature, and unaccepted by Native Indians in a small village in Peru. In search of friendship, she forms a kindred bondage with a family of condors, and endeavors to protect their one egg from poachers as she becomes part of their intricate family. Through this relationship, the villagers who teased and shunned her, come to respect and revere her un ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book and I would highly recommend it to any one who wants an excellent read. I look forward to reading more of this author's work.
Paul Day
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Well, where to start. I had picked this book up and put it down again many times, unable to finish it, mainly because I kept getting interrupted or, to my shame, I found I had other things to do. I had promised the author a review, but wanted to do it justice as this book demands it. So I picked it up again, having read through quickly once and this time took my time, absorbing each chapter of this remarkable story and allowing it to soak into my soul. And what a journey this was.

This is in many
Allan Krummenacker
Have you ever felt like you would never fit in? Of course you have, we all have at one point or another. But for some this is not simply being awkward socially, but much more. For 10 year old Matica, the problem is a physical one. She is not growing. Despite her age and having a younger brother, Matica has the body of a much younger child which has made her life a real challenge as far as making any friends in the little village in Peru where her parents are missionaries trying to help the local ...more
Yecheilyah Ysrayl
*I received this book as a gift from the author*

TALON COME FLY WITH ME is about a small girl and her search for her purpose in life. Matica and her family live in the village of Pucara in Peru where the Indians have restricted Matica from playing with their children because of her small size. Thinking she’s possessed by an evil spirit it leaves Matica feeling lonely and without purpose in life because she’s so small. The story opens with Matica and her little brother Aikon searching for food to
Tonja Drecker
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a tale of finding acceptance, love, friendship, bravery and so much more.

Matica is a bright, young girl but, thanks to her handicap, stuck in a body which is smaller than that of her younger brother. The villagers shut her out, unable to accept her differences. But Matica doesn't let it get her too down. Her adventurous spirit enables her to befriend two condors, and helps them when a poacher tries to steal their egg. When the egg hatches, Matica has a new best friend, Talon, and this is
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Flight of Love!

'Talon- Come Fly with Me' by writer Gigi Sedlmayer is simply an awesome tale about a girl - Matica who lives in Peru with her missionary parents Mira (mother) and Crayn (father) and loving four year old brother Aikon amongst the Indian tribe.
Life is tough for Matica since she suffers from a medical problem that prevents her body from growing to its normal size, this results in non acceptance from Indians of Matica into their tribe. They consider Matica to be under influence of som
Uvi Poznansky
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story opens directly into a dialog between Matica and her brother, just as if you happened to pass by them and catch the sound of their voice and a glimpse of her crawling on the ground to search for a worm to feed Tamo. Despite her predicament—a nine year old girl trapped in the body of a two year old toddler—the way she looks is endearing: “Her long, wavy, sandy blond hair fell over her face, so she brushed it behind her ears,” and to anyone who experienced isolation, the way she feels is ...more
Matica wishes she were normal, not short, not different. She wishes she had friends. But her brother Aikon reminds her, “If you think like that you’ll be sad … You have to stay the way you are.” Middle-grade readers will easily relate to Matica’s wish. Meanwhile they can follow along with an exciting adventure set in Peru, and enjoy the company of condors.

Author Gigi Sedlmayer introduces lots of fascinating facts in this story, bringing the countryside to life and inviting readers to share Matic
Dan Fletcher
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The magical world of Matica!

This is an inspirational story, beautifully told, of hope, compassion and acceptance. Matica’s relationships with her family and alienation by the local villagers are portrayed with a deep understanding of the human condition. The description of wildlife, scenery and Peruvian culture are excellent and show the author’s empathy with both the country and people.

On top of being an outsider in a closed community, Matica suffers from a growth deficiency that causes the oth
Sandra Novello
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing

A beautiful story about friendships.

This is a story about a girl called Matica who has moved with her family from Australia to a remote village called Pucara in Peru.
Matica finds it difficult to make friends as she looks different to the children in the village and also because of her short stature.
Feeling lonely she discovers a wonderful place in the forest where a couple of Condor birds live.
The more she learns about the Condors, the more she wants to become their friends. She brings them f
Joyce Mitchell
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Talon, Come Fly With Me was an inspiring story about a little girl named Matica. This little handicapped girl and her family moved from Australia to a little village in Peru. The nine-year old girl had a growth disability that made her look much younger (about two) therefore the Peruvian Indians, fearful and superstitious, would not let their children get near her. Being very lonely, the little girl journeys through the countryside and befriends a pair of large Condors. The two large birds sent ...more
Terry Barto
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The adventure of a young girl captivated my attention in this beautiful book. The words soar off the page and into your heart as you read this imaginative story.

I enjoyed seeing the family dynamic from the first moment with her brother, to the gentle times with her mom, and the exciting scenes with her father.

A young girl, Matica, is jealous of her brother, Aiken's ability to have friends. But Matica's ability to form friendships is extraordinary. The trust and camaraderie between a Mat
anime ericathena
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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i love all the series of talon, specially sweet little matica. the talon series are not only written and publish to read it for me there is a purpose, you can see in it that even with disabilities can still live normally, so touching.. you can feel it if the readers read and understand it by heart. the content of story are really full of wonder, the beauty of nature, the loving and strong family of matica, her affection and caring to her friends, it also shows that even obstacle is not a hindran ...more
Boyko Ovcharov
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is definitely worth reading not only by young adults, but all people who want to achieve their life goals and lead a meaningful existence. I am not quite sure this story was based on a real-life case or not, but it definitely has a moral, presented in an amazing natural form. The adventures of the 'little' girl, that is, the protagonist, could surely convey some deep concerns about our human side, reason, open-mindedness and overall conscientious development. The story is both adventur ...more
Jacqueline Driggers
Well this is an absolutely wonderful book, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It isn't too often that you run across a book that you could recommend to readers of any age, but this one is it.

This book is about a young girl named Matica, who has a growth problem that makes her smaller than normal for her age. She lives in a small village up in the Andes in Peru, South America; with her mother and father and little brother.

Now this young girl has developed a friendship with, of all things, a p
Stephanie Fox
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this story!

She really does fly! That was so much fun that I read the whole thing in one sitting. I couldn't stop.
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Talon: Come Fly With Me
Reviewed by Fran Lewis

Appearances should not matter but tell that to a young child who was born with a handicap. Children can be cruel and adults even more because they are the ones who teach their children acceptance, tolerance and how to understand the differences we should embrace in people. But, one little girl named Matica would teach a whole tribe of Indians in Peru many lessons before all is said and done. Imagine being over 10 years old and never growing over the h
Martha Cheves
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Talon, come fly with me – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish

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 blin
K.r. Morrison
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Matica could handle the move from Australia to this small village high up in the Andes in Peru. She adapted easily to the lack of modern technology and running water. But there is one thing that makes her life difficult.
For whatever reason, the natives see her as an outcast because of her stature—or, rather, her lack. She is much smaller than other girls her age, and her new neighbors spurn her for that reason only. The rest of the family – little brother Aikon, father Crayn, and mother Mira – a
Gigi Sedlmayer
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

Talon Come Fly with Me by Gigi Sedlmayer is an inspirational, engaging and thoughtful must read story. It follows the story of a little nine year old girl whose parents are missionaries in the small village of Pucara, Peru. Matica, finds making friends with the local kids to be difficult. Matica has a condition that has hindered her growth, so she is extremely small like that of a two year old. The local Indians and villagers, don’t understand her and are le
Mehreen Ahmed
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mehreen AhmedTalon, come fly with me, the first in the series of Talon books by Gigi Sedlimayer, is a disabled girl's adventure, with a condor hatchling named Talon. Each chapter in this book opens with vivid description of nature and relationships. Yearning for the condors, caring for the hatchling, Talon and the struggle with poachers, being the central theme in such relationships; noteworthy also is the writer's ability to combine the mundane with the metaphysics. Such an example would be in ...more
Barbara Cerda
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Review


I learned today that it takes a giant condor to raise a village.

I’ve never read a tale about the bravery, love, and honesty of a pair of condors. They dominated the storyline, transformed humans to unapologetic voyeurs, and that is ok.
I learned, in a very enjoyable way that one of the globes most compelling birds is perhaps the most intelligent as well. And although this tale is precious and a fun read let the truth be known, these big birds in reality often enjoy perform
Aimee Ann
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Talon, Come Fly with Me is a compelling, entertaining, unique novel that kept me intrigued and entertained from beginning to end. I adored this book, I loved everything about it in fact, and as I begin to write my review, I am unable to think of one flaw; it has everything I love in a moving novel and more. It is a book that can be read if you are younger or older, it is the perfect companion for if you want to escape so that is why I would implore you lovely readers to read this novel.

Talon, Co
Robbie Cheadle
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I reviewed this book in my capacity as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team.

Michael and I really loved this book. It is a story about a young girl, Matica, the daughter of a missionary living in a remote village in Peru. Matica suffers from a growing disability and is teased and ostracized by the local Indians as a result. Matica is lonely and she makes friends with a giant condor, Tamo, and his female partner, Tima. The condors are intelligent birds and are able to form a relationship with the
Hollie Marsh
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A heart warming story, about a little girl called Matica and the relationship she builds with the wild and impressive condors. I enjoyed the story, stepping into an unknown world to me, in remote Peru, with surprising birds and well described scenery and culture. The connection that little Matica builds with the birds and how she finds friendship and solace with them is lovely. When she is entrusted to nurture and hatch an egg, then the bond she goes on to the build with the baby, is quite inspi ...more
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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, following where her dad got work. That meant she had to change 9 times schools. In the end she never had friends again, of fear, she will lose them again.
Finally, they settled in Munich where Gigi studied arch

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  • Connected (Talon #4)
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“Be you, be yourself, be happy again. 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.”
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