Talon: Come Fly With Me

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.

Review: I came away from reading Talon: Come Fly With Me with a mixture of feelings, and as such I find myself very grateful for my recently developed/unique 1-5 star constructive approach to reviewing, and so here goes:

The cover perfectly depicts the story, is well constructed and attractive.

The beginning of the story, and the premise is full of promise and sets the scene very well with colourful descriptions building the foundation for the place and its characters. Basically, it starts off very well.

The body of the story is a mixture of short informative essay summaries about condors and the primitive culture of the inhabitants on the Andes of Peru, with the story of Matica’s relationship with the condors, and how the natives come to accept her because of this relationship. They no longer hold to the primitive belief that she is a child possessed because of her growth condition.

All the above helps to build the elements of bravery, encouragement, friendship developments, and acceptance which are excellent qualities to have in a children’s story. There’s a part where how the condors attempt to protect their egg from poachers, which is quite interesting, and how Matica manages to save and look after their egg until it hatches, and so forth. However, there are no real conflicts, twists, nor is there any mystery or suspense in the story.

The whole story is pretty much presented as more of an informative tale. Which is fine for children, and even some more mature readers may prefer this kind of approach. I prefer the writer to show me what’s going on. I struggled with a lot of the dialogue… there are elements missing and I think quite possibly, the excessive use of the passive voice has something to do with my struggle too.

It’s difficult to get everything right when writing and no two readers are going to think the same. I’m sure that many children will love this story. So it is my sincere hope, the author will take this all on board in a constructive manner.