Sunday, 5 August 2012


Nine-year-old blond Matica, trapped in a body the size of a two year old, lives in a remote village on a dry plateau in the Andes of Peru. She moved here with her Australian missionary and schoolteacher parents when she was five years old. From the beginning she faced cruel rejection from the local Indians so wouldn’t accept her into their community or allow her...
to play with their children. Lonely Matica explores the plateau for entertainment.

With patience and a sense of adventure she befriends a pair of condors and names them Tamo and Tima. A strong bond and love develops between them.

Having an egg, Tamo and Tima try to fight off a couple of poachers but they succeed in stealing their egg from its ledge. Tamo, hurting one badly drives them away and the poachers had to leave the egg laying on a rock when they flee. Being unable to bring it back to the ledge, Tamo and Tima make it clear to Matica to take care of the egg.

On Matica’s tenth birthday, the condor fledgling ‘Talon’ hatches. The book then describes in detail how Matica helps Talon grow into the majestic bird he was meant to be.

Two months after confidently flying, the unbelievable amazing thing happens. What Matica had dreamed of ever since she first befriended the condors, actually unfolds. That changes her life so completely that she can now see a positive side to her handicap. The Indians then fully accept the new Matica into their community.

This is the beginning of a time of incredible adventures with Talon and Matica, which is carried on in subsequent Talon books.

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