Orphaned on the Ocean

Book - 2011
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Terry Jo Duperrault was 11 when her family was murdered at sea aboard a chartered sailboat off the coast of Florida. She jumped overboard just in time to escape and survived four days on a cork float adrift and alone at sea before being rescued by a freighter. This is the first time Terry Jo, now known as Tere Duperrault Fassbender, has been able to fully tell her story. Co-authored by psychologist and survival expert Richard Logan, readers delve into the details of how a little girl survived the murder of her family; the gradual collapse of the small cork float she used to keep afloat while guarded by a small pod of whales; and the aftermath and the reclamation of life.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2011, c2010
ISBN: 9780425242087
Characteristics: xxiv, 229 p., [8] p. of plates : ill ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Fassbender, Tere Duperrault


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Jul 17, 2015

This is a clear account of what eleven-year-old Terry Jo Duperrault suffered through when her family's vacation aboard a sailing yacht (the Bluebell) went terribly wrong. The author has done a good job of detailing the events and researching the background of the captain, Julian Harvey. The death of Joan, one of Harvey's many wives, along with her mother seems incredibly suspicious to me. It is too bad the police at that time did not do a more thorough job! Perhaps Harvey would have been in prison and the terrible tragedy would never have occurred! The author has also brought Terry Jo, the child, to life for us by describing her youthful adventures during happier times. I loved reading how Terry Jo would hide from secret enemies in her secure backyard. The secret enemies were usually the golfers on the adjoining golf course.

It is a sad and upsetting story, but encouraging to see how Terry Jo has pulled through and been supported by a wonderful family.

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