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Finalists 2013

Below is a list of the 2013 FINALISTS in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. The children's books were read and judged by children in 8 UK primary and secondary schools, the adult books by 2 Reading Groups, 1 in London and 1 in Stockholm. The books were marked according to EDITING, THEME, STYLE, COVER and, in the case of many of the children's books, ILLUSTRATIONS.

The WINNERS will be announced on April 1st, 2014.

If you happen to be looking for a good read, the readers at The Wishing Shelf Awards thoroughly recommend the following:

Category 1: Pre-school picture books
Maisie's Mountain by Lorna Murphy
Maisie's Mountain
Author: Lorna Murphy
Sir Stan the Bogeyman by Stacie Morrell
Sir Stan the Bogeyman
Author: Stacie Morrell

Category 2: Books for 6 - 8 year olds
An Evening With Grandpa by Diana Matlin
An Evening With Grandpa
Author: Diana Matlin
Jasper's Hollow by Janet Annan
Jasper's Hollow
Author: Janet Annan
The Insect Hotel by David Stringer
The Insect Hotel
Author: David Stringer

Category 3: Books for 9 - 12 year olds
Ally N. Invasion SPACE SPY by Steve Lill
Ally N. Invasion SPACE SPY
Author: Steve Lill
Believing in Horses by Valerie Ormond
Believing in Horses
Author: Valerie Ormond
Curse of the Scarab by H Y Hanna
Curse of the Scarab
Author: H Y Hanna
Frank Zoo and the Wannabe by Sue Hampton
Frank Zoo and the Wannabe
Author: Sue Hampton
Iron Knights by Robin Bennett
Iron Knights
Author: Robin Bennett
No Buts Becky! by José Patterson
No Buts Becky!
Author: José Patterson
Professor Kompressor Under Cover by Nils Andersson
Professor Kompressor Under Cover
Author: Nils Andersson
Return to Cardamom Book Two by Julie Anne Grasso
Return to Cardamom Book Two
Author: Julie Anne Grasso
Sir Kaye Book 1 by Don M Winn
Sir Kaye Book 1
Author: Don M Winn
The Assembly Room by Bryony Allen
The Assembly Room
Author: Bryony Allen
The Hackers of Oz by Tom Mula
The Hackers of Oz
Author: Tom Mula

Category 4: Books for Teenagers
Akinyi by Richard Wood
Akinyi
Author: Richard Wood
Arteess Conflict by James Starling
Arteess Conflict
Author: James Starling
Children of the Knight by Michael J Bowler
Children of the Knight
Author: Michael J Bowler
Napoleon Xylophone by Frank Lambert
Napoleon Xylophone
Author: Frank Lambert
Starstruck by Brenda Hiatt
Starstruck
Author: Brenda Hiatt
The Skipper's Child by Valerie Poore
The Skipper's Child
Author: Valerie Poore
The Ultimate Inferior Beings by Mark Roman
The Ultimate Inferior Beings
Author: Mark Roman
You and Me against the World by Raymond Esposito
You and Me against the World
Author: Raymond Esposito

Category 5: Books for adults (fiction)
A Little Book of Pleasures by William Wood
A Little Book of Pleasures
Author: William Wood
Angel War by Philip Dodd
Angel War
Author: Philip Dodd
Bookworm by Christopher Nuttall
Bookworm
Author: Christopher Nuttall
Bridge to Nowhere A Miz Mike Novel by Stephanie Parker McKean
Bridge to Nowhere A Miz Mike Novel
Author: Stephanie Parker McKean
Fire and Water by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder
Fire and Water
Author: Betsy Graziani Fasbinder
Flying With Kites by Alan Reynolds
Flying With Kites
Author: Alan Reynolds
LadyBird Fly by Tessa Lorant Warburg
LadyBird Fly
Author: Tessa Lorant Warburg
Ringturn by John C Mawson
Ringturn
Author: John C Mawson
The Goa File Argentina 1945-1983 by James Skinner
The Goa File Argentina 1945-1983
Author: James Skinner
The Hole Opportunity by J. Minter
The Hole Opportunity
Author: J. Minter

Category 6: Books for Adults (non-fiction)
Spinach Soup For the Walls by Lynne Harkes
Spinach Soup For the Walls
Author: Lynne Harkes
Sudoku for Christmas by J S Holloway
Sudoku for Christmas
Author: J S Holloway
The Church of Tango: A Memoir by Cherie Magnus
The Church of Tango: A Memoir
Author: Cherie Magnus
The Perfect Pair The Enchanted Mirror by David C Holroyd & Tracy J Holroyd
The Perfect Pair The Enchanted Mirror
Author: David C Holroyd & Tracy J Holroyd

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Curses of Scale
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REGAINING LIFE’S WINDING TRAIL
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Ninja Spy Cats by R.F. Kristi
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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall
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THERE'S A BIZER IN MY BATHTUB
Interactions among nature's
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Discussion of a Decent Dream
When darkness crept
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Idi & The Oracle’s Quest
Magic and adventure
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Word of the Week: Volume one
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One Little Black Nose
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London for Immigrant Suckers
The decline and breakup
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THE LEARNING PROJECT
Become fully human.
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Two Spoons of Bitter
A story of love,
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BROKEN SEA
A dramatic love story set
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Blemished But Not Broken
“A 5 star Reader’s Favorite”
Gritty - filled with drama
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The Number Story 1 & 2
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The Adventures of Fawn Book 1
"Should be made into a film"
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The Battle of Trafalgar Square
Told from the pigeon
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I AM ME
Sensitive picture book 3-7,
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MOOJIE LITTLEMAN
A disabled boy works wonders.
"Awe inspiring" by critics.
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Finnigan the Circus Cat
A rescued kitten finds a home
in a circus museum!
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Escape from Nettle Farm
‘Written well, paced perfectly
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DON’T COME CRYING HOME
Frank compelling autobiography
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Space Cop Zack
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99 Ways to Rid Yourself of
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THE LOVE THAT DARE NOT SPEAK
ITS NAME - exhaustive approach
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FIND OURSELVES IN VENICE,
FLORENCE, ROME and BARCELONA
A travel memoir of adventure
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DIAMONDS AT DUSK
A YA cowgirl adventure
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BEWITCHER
'Potent. Gripping.
A Jaw-Dropping Shocker'
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The Whispering Wind
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Two lovers, one heart breakin
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Where I Belong
When the past is forgotten,
the future can change
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THE PELICAN
'Emotional, sensitive and
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COUNTERACT
A must-read YA thriller series
about a totalitarian America.
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REGAINING LIFE’S WINDING TRAIL
The unusual life of
a scientist and poet
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Miss Anna’s THE NUMBER STORY
WOW! Wonderfully childlike!
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The Ride of Doom
A wonderfully fun, exciting
magical adventure.
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A TRIBUTE TO TERRY PRATCHETT
Seventeen tales of magic &
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THE POLYGAMIST William Irvine
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A BIOGRAPHY OF STORY
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Billy Blacksmith: Demonslayer
Teenagers vs demonic,
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CATNIP
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A cosy mystery with claws.
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Tales of Mr. Snuggywhiskers
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Dragonfly Surprise
Heroine with Special Needs.
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Moving Beyond Unspoken Grief
Winner Eric Hoffer Award
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I AM ME
Sensitive picture book 3-7,
profit spent on child refugees
www.suehamptonauthor.co.uk


MOOJIE LITTLEMAN
A disabled boy works wonders.
"Awe inspiring" by critics.
www.amazon.com


Finnigan the Circus Cat
A rescued kitten finds a home
in a circus museum!
www.amazon.com


INDIE BOOK SOURCE
Web page + entire year of
social media exposure:
www.carternovels.com