Diana Wurfbain Spinola
I grew up in Venezuela. As a child I lived in Australia, the Canary Islands and Venezuela. I studied architecture in Germany.
When I was 5 years old, my family sailed the Pacific Ocean from Australia, stopping in Tahiti, crossing the Panama Canal and arriving in Venezuela. The memories of that trip continue to captivate my imagination. As a child, I discovered my imagination could take me anywhere. I began creating stories in my mind but never wrote them down. I always wanted to be an illustrator instead.
Thomas Templeton and the Year of the Vivificus is my first book. With this series I hope to inspire children to learn about the wonders of the natural world and to explore the outdoors.
I live in Florida with my family and my two cats, Thomas and Fernando.
Thomas Templeton and the Year of the Vivificus
by Diana Wurfbain Spinola
Nine-year old Thomas Templeton is selected from thousands of children to attend the secretive and ancient Animalia Magnus Academy, the only animal language school in the world. During a yearlong journey across the Pacific Ocean he discovers not only amazing creatures and uncharted islands, but a terrifying secret and a shocking truth about his own family that will change his life forever.
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