The Stars in April (Hardcover)

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2023 Christian Indie Awards Finalist

2022 SCWC Notable Book Award Winner Young Adult Category

Based on the True Story of Twelve-Year-Old Titanic Survivor, Ruth Becker

"Sometimes we have to go a long way to find out who we are."

The year is 1912. When doctors in India are unable to treat her baby brother's illness, Ruth's missionary parents decide there is one solution: move her mother and the children across the world-to Michigan.

But India is the only home Ruth knows. In a matter of days, she must leave Papa and all she loves behind, abandon her dream of one day playing violin in the Calcutta Orchestra, and embark on a rollicking, four-week journey across the Arabian and Mediterranean Seas, followed by the voyage to New York aboard the luxurious, ill-fated RMS Titanic.

Ruth's story is one of courage and self-sacrifice as she earns her sea legs and faces the unknown, culminating in a desperate, tragic night she will never forget.

"I feel as though I'm sitting in Ruth's apartment and she is sharing her life story with me ... so very well-written ... one can hardly stop reading."-Floyd Andrick, former Titanic Historical Society member and personal friend of Ruth Becker

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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. Read more about Peggy, the Titanic, and her next novel at

Product Details
ISBN: 9781645263074
ISBN-10: 164526307X
Publisher: Illuminate YA
Publication Date: March 25th, 2021
Pages: 264
Language: English