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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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Life After the Undead
"A fun read in the world
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HENRY (A Gold Medal Winner)
Incredible true story of WWII
w/orig photos & docs
www.amazon.com


RED ROSES
Richard III for a 21st
century audience. Fun read!
www.amazon.co.uk


Space Cop Zack
PROTECTOR OF THE GALAXY
“Fantastically fun!” WSA
www.donwinn.com


The Adventures of Fawn Book 1
"Should be made into a film"
"A great read for any age"
www.amazon.com


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


Two Spoons of Bitter
A story of love,
betrayal and redemption
http://www.sonjamongar


LOST IN THE QUAGMIRE
A Merlin mystery. 'Fascinating
and eminently readable novel'
www.encirclepub.com


TRUTH AND REVENGE
Secrecy and revenge...
and a shameful family secret
www.amazon.co.uk


The Candy Judge 
**** ’Fun, educational...
beautifully illustrated...’
www.amazon.com


Curses of Scale
A curse. A fairy. A dragon.
And a girl's journey.
www.amazon.co.uk


CHILDREN OF EARTH AND STAR
"Magnificently illustrated
love story" * "Very sweet"
www.amazon.com


One Little Black Nose
A boy, his dog and a sweet
adventure that kids will love!
www.amazon.co.uk


Accepting My Gay Self
Funny, tear jerker, honest,
authentic, thought provoking
www.amazon.com


Discussion of a Decent Dream
When darkness crept
into the Yorkshire Dales.
www.amazon.com


The Battle of Trafalgar Square
Told from the pigeon
side of the conflict!
www.amazon.co.uk


Moving Beyond Unspoken Grief
Winner Eric Hoffer Award
"A candid and poignant memoir"
www.drsarahlnyy.com.au


Entrada Publishing
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editing and editorial reviews.
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Ninja Spy Cats by R.F. Kristi
★★★★★ Love it! Absolutely
adored this book! (AMAZON)
www.amazon.com


THE NAMESAKE: Truth is Freedom
When faith turns to violence,
two women are changed forever
www.amazon.co.uk


Twelve: A Date with Obsession
A gripping psychological
thriller from Alan Reynolds
www.amazon.co.uk


The Springer Spaniel Mysteries
“For comic canine mystery
lovers!” - Midwest Book Review
www.amazon.com


Dust: Before and After
A new kind of
superhero is born.
www.sesmithfl.com


The Frog Who Was Blue
A witty, charming tale
for a very worthy cause
www.troubador.co.uk


London for Immigrant Suckers
The decline and breakup
of Yugoslavia
www.amazon.com


A BIOGRAPHY OF STORY
The power of stories, a global
history of storytelling
www.bookdepository.com


The Conquistador's Horse
One boy, one horse,
one destiny.
www.troubador.co.uk/


Lucy Finds a Home
An adorable, sweet book
that children will love!
www.amazon.com


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


THE LOVE THAT DARE NOT SPEAK
ITS NAME - exhaustive approach
to queer issues is commendable
www.amazon.com


The Number Story 1 & 2
Finally, an award-winning way
to learn numbers. It works!
www.amazon.com


Escape from Nettle Farm
‘Written well, paced perfectly
to keep young readers engaged’
www.justindavis.co.uk


REGAINING LIFE’S WINDING TRAIL
By Dr Henry Disney. An unusual
life of a scientist and a poet
www.austinmacauley.com


My Aunt Manya
Based on the true story.
’A heart-warming novel.’
www.josepatterson.com


THE THIRSTY CROW...
Tales of WISDOM for toddlers,
Simple text, Vivid images!
www.amazon.com


Billy Blacksmith: Demonslayer
Teenagers vs demonic,
sword-wielding spiders
www.amazon.com


Story Behind Writing a Mystery
Read a great mystery with
author notes and how-to
www.amazon.com


The Fussy Librarian
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Uncle Matty Matt’s Bistro
Uncle Matty and the Piggies
cook up a delicious surprise.
www.amazon.com


YOUR FRIENDLY MBS PUBLISHER
An ethical, not-for-profit,
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www.local-legend.co.uk


THE PELICAN
'Emotional, sensitive and
deeply moving' Amazon
www.mnaidoo.com


White Plains 
"The plot moves at a
breathtaking pace"
www.amazon.co.uk


COUNTERACT
A must-read YA thriller series
about a totalitarian America.
www.amazon.com


Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall
Bon voyage - take the journey,
explore those self-discoveries
www.amazon.com


Cruising the Mediterranean
Take the trip of a lifetime
with this Gold Medal winner
www.amazon.com


99 Ways to Rid Yourself of
Toxic Relationships
A RED RIBBON WINNER!
www.aranonpublishing.com


Making a Mystery:Annie Tillery
Author/Educator, Linda Frank,
the story behind the story
www.amazon.com


Where I Belong
When the past is forgotten,
the future can change
www.amazon.co.uk


LAUREL
Poems of love, loss
and lovers’ rivalries.
www.amazon.co.uk


Fairy Dust, Bedtime Tale #1.
A Finalist (6-8 yrs)
and Highly Recommended.
www.amazon.com


Dragonfly Surprise
Heroine with Special Needs.
Inspiring Magical Treasure!
www.DragonflySurprise.com


Absence by J.B. Forsyth
’Superbly plotted fantasy.’
FINALIST WISHING SHELF AWARDS
www.amazon.co.uk


DIAMONDS AT DAWN
A thrilling sequel full of
mystery and romance.
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Do dead people watch you
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A TRIBUTE TO TERRY PRATCHETT
Seventeen tales of magic &
memory #defeatdementia
www.amazon.co.uk


Common '?' Children Ask About
Puberty: Insights from a
health education expert
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Absence by J.B. Forsyth
’Superbly plotted fantasy.’
FINALIST WISHING SHELF AWARDS
www.amazon.co.uk


Looking Glass Friends 
3 times award winner!
Poetic love story.
www.amazon.co.uk