Coinciding with National Titanic Week 2021, Debut Novel “The Stars in April,” Based on Teen Titanic Survivor, Receives a School Library Journal Starred Review

Debut novelist and Childress Ink client Peggy Wirgau’s “The Stars in April” receives a warm welcome into the literary world, historical fiction based on the true story of Ruth Becker, most recently honored with a School Library Journal Starred Review just in time for Titanic Week 2021, April 11-18, around the anniversary of the sinking, April 12, 1912.

Caledonia, MI, April 08, 2021 –(– “The Stars in April” receives a warm welcome into the literary world, most recently honored with a School Library Journal Starred Review, just in time for Titanic Week 2021.

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“I recognized the excellence in writing upon reading its very first draft,” says literary agent Kim Childress. “The creation of this book took nearly a decade, and to see its hard work come to fruition means so much, especially knowing the effort that went into it.”

Other honors for The Stars in April since its March 30, 2021 release include:

– Featured Author And Book, “The Word with an Inquisitive Book Nerd,” April 2021, a podcast produced by Baltimore Living Magazine

– Named a Girls’ Life “Must-Read” April/May 2021

– Selected as American Christian Fiction Writers’ “April 2021 Book-of-the-Month”

– Featured Speaker at TitanicCon 2021, at the Titanic Museum Experience in Pigeon Forge, TN, August 26-29

– View the Official Book Trailer for “The Stars in April”

Peggy Wirgau lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and Delray Beach, Florida. She loves bringing history to life for readers and has written for Appleseeds, Insight, Learning Through History, and contributed to Why? Titanic Moments by Yvonne Lehman. Her blog at features in-depth Titanic stories, and her followers include descendants of the ship’s real-life victims and survivors.

A graduate of Michigan State University and George Mason University, Peggy is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Historical Novel Society, and Great Lakes Titanic Connection. She loves to travel, especially to New York City and Mackinac Island, Michigan, where she explores historical sites. Peggy is also a Registered Nurse. She and her husband have two adult children.

Peggy Wirgau is available for speaking engagements and interviews. For an author Q&A or press-related inquiries, contact Kim McCulla at [email protected].

The Stars in April, by Peggy Wirgau
IlluminateYA Fiction/Iron Stream Media
Published March 30, 2021
ISBN: 9781645263074 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9781645263067 (Softcover)

Contact Information:
Childress Ink, LLC
Kim Childress
Contact via Email
353 Green Ridge Dr. SE
Caledonia, MI 49316

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