Friday, April 1, 2011


Author:  Abby Sunderland and Lynn Vincent
My recommended age:  12+
Their recommended age:  NA
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Number of pages:  240

Publisher’s description:
 The stirring narrative of Unsinkable tells sixteen-year-old Abby Sunderland’s remarkable true story of attempting to become the youngest person ever to sail solo around the world.

More people have flown into outer space than have sailed solo around the globe. It is a challenge so immense that many have died trying, and all have been pushed beyond every physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual limit. In Unsinkable, readers follow Abby Sunderland into those depths. This biography delivers a gripping and evocative firsthand account that starts prior to her departure, travels through her daring (and sometimes near-death) encounters on the open sea, to her dramatic rescue in the remotest corner of the Indian Ocean, and the media explosion that happened upon her safe return to dry land.
Along the way, readers discover what it means to boldly face any challenge, to strive after something great, and to plumb the depths of faith, fear, and desperation only to emerge changed, renewed, and emboldened. In this day and age, when the most productive thing a teenager may do is play videogames, Abby’s ambition and tenacity is a real-life parable of what can happen when we choose to exceed our own limits, embrace faith, and strive after what all the naysayers say is impossible.

My thoughts:
Has anybody awarded this girl yet?  Abby's journey is incredible.  Ok, maybe she didn't get to fully finish it, but what she DID do was awesome.  This book described it ALL so nicely, keeping the narrater's voice, Abby's and the search and rescue's all seperated clearly.  It was stirring to the power of prayer;  It was a testiment to the dumming down of teenagers, and how Abby shows that we don't need to 'wait' for life to begin at 20, but can start living NOW.  I am rather proud to have this in my bookshelf!
(PLUS, the Sunderlands home-school their children, how much better can it get?)
 Some sea terms I didn't understand, but then realized (With a huge DUH!) that there was a glossary in the back....
Vivid descriptions.
Amazing plot.
True to life.
Amazing author. 
Abby get hurt when her boat-----s.  (can't tell you WHAT it does, <evil laugh>)
Drugs and drink:
I rate this book 5 STARS.  It is engaging, amazing, incredible and very interesting. There is no language, Romance, or true Violence. It is clean, and overall uplifting.
Where you can buy it at:
Thomas Nelson has it for $22.99.  
Amazon has it for $16.00 -$12.99
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Tarissa said...

Ah! So this is the book called "Unksinkable" -- I must have missed this one on your blog earlier. Looks like a good book I'd enjoy anyways. I remember hearing about Abby Sunderland. She is pretty brave girl! Oh, and I didn't know her family home-schooled... That's great to know!

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