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“The Stars in April” wins SCWC Notable Books Award for best in Young Adult

The Southern Christian Writers Conference (SCWC) awarded Peggy Wirgau’s debut novel, The Stars in April, a 2022 Notable Book Award for best in the Children’s/Young Adult Category.

Published in March 2021 with Illuminate YA, an imprint of Iron Stream Media, The Stars in April tells a fictionalized account of the true story of teen Titanic survivor and Michigander, Ruth Becker. “Centered on a historic event that so many find interesting, The Stars in April is an incredible book for readers of all ages, and we knew retailers would be intrigued,” says Bradley Isbell, COO for Iron Stream Media, New Hope Publishers, and Life Bible Study.

A School Library Journal Starred Review and Product Review in The Old Schoolhouse® magazine, wrote this about the novel: “go-to resource for homeschoolers” and has helped bring this book to the attention of educators.

“We absolutely loved it,” says middle school teacher Carol Stathakis, at Our Shepherd Lutheran School in Birmingham, MI. “Near the end, I was so teary that I had to hand off the read-aloud to a student while I regained my voice. After the final sentence was read, the class erupted in spontaneous applause.”

About the Author
Peggy Wirgau loves true stories from the past and writes through the eyes of ordinary people in history who faced extraordinary challenges and became heroes. Like Ruth s family in The Stars in April, Peggy hails from Michigan. She and her husband have two adult children and split their time between Michigan and Florida.

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