Abby Sunderland book due out in April

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Six months after a rogue wave nearly took her life, teen sailor Abby Sunderland has signed a deal with Thomas Nelson Publishers to tell the story of how she set out to become the youngest person in history to circumnavigate the globe alone.

The book, titled "Unsinkable," is expected to hit stores in April.

"It is an honor to be publishing Abby Sunderland's memoir. Hers is a powerful story of faith and perseverance," senior vice president Thomas Nelson and publisher Brian Hampton said in a statement. "I believe that while she may not have reached her destination, she certainly achieved her destiny. What she accomplished and endured would be remarkable for a person of any age. ... That she did it as a 16-year-old is amazing."

On June 10, 2010, four months into her voyage, a rogue wave dismasted and rolled Sunderland's boat 360 degrees more than 2,000 miles west of Australia. Rescuers - the nearest of whom were 400 miles away - found her afloat and alive after she spent two days in a remote part of the Indian Ocean.

Sunderland, 17, will collaborate with Lynn Vincent, who previously helped Sarah Palin with "Going Rogue."

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