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Da Cunha Comes to Durfee

Abaigeal O'Brien '12
Staff Reporter
April 14, 2012

On Tuesday, April 10, Portuguese children's author Luisa Fortes Da Cunha came to Durfee and spoke to students in Portuguese classes her stories and the importance of Portuguese writing.  Da Cunha came to Durfee as part of her tour through southern New England and Candanda to support portuguese literacy and culture. 

Children's author Luisa Fortes Da Cunha presents her novel to
Durfee students.
--Hilltop file photo.

In 2002, Da Cunha published her first novel, Theodora and the Secret of the Sphinx. The popularity of this novel skyrocketed with a second edition of the book having to be published after only three months of its original publication. She turned this novel into a series; writing and publishing a new book almost every year since 2002. Approximately 200,00 copies of her books are sold annually. 


Her novels include:Theodora and the Secret of the Sphinx,Theodora and the Secret Potion,Theodora and the Three Magic Pots,Theodora and the Book of Spells,Theodora and the Sacred Cauldron,Theodora and statues Mysterious,Theodora and the Invisible Island,Theodora and the Magic Clock,Theodora and Legendary Rings,Theodora and the Mystery of the Volcano,Theodora and the Secret of Chinese Handwriting, Theodora Stone and Amber, Legendary Sword and Theodora. 


The novels center around Teodora, a fairy who is trying to gain power over her abilities. "The books have clues, mystery, and adventure," states Da Cunha. The novels are set all over the world, in Fial, Boston, Fall River, and various places all over the United States, combining Celtic, Portuguese, Scandinavian, and German traditions.


Tony Rodrigues, World Language Department Head, told Durfee students that this presentation would "promote linkage between cultures," and he hopes that DaCunha will inspire and help "foster future careers".

"It's exciting to meet a real Portuguese author," said junior Emily Ferreira.  Sarah Soares, also a Junior, agreed with Ferreira saying "It was a great opportunity." 

For more information on the Teodora stories, visit www.luisafortescunha.blogspot.com.