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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 in the Grand Pause
Child music prodigy is whisked
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Uncle Matty Matt’s Bistro
Uncle Matty and the Piggies
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London for Immigrant Suckers
The decline and breakup
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Henry Disney's
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REGAINING LIFE’S WINDING TRAIL
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RED ROSES
Richard III for a 21st
century audience. Fun read!
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RECKLESS OBSESSION
'Twists and turns
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TWS loved Cooperative Lives
Written with a gold-tipped pen
A literary work of art.
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A BIOGRAPHY OF STORY
The power of stories, a global
history of storytelling
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PERHAPS YOU WERE BORN FOR JUST
SUCH A TIME AS THIS: For every
teen and all who know a teen
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CHIME
Boston 2062. Two technicians
make a discovery…
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International Crime Series
One girl one object -
take on the criminal cartels
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The Staten Island Butcher
A priest & an alcoholic
team up to catch a killer!
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BEWITCHER
'Potent. Gripping.
A Jaw-Dropping Shocker'
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Billy Blacksmith: Demonslayer
Teenagers vs demonic,
sword-wielding spiders
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LAUREL
Poems of love, loss
and lovers’ rivalries.
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Fairy Dust, Bedtime Tale #1.
A Finalist (6-8 yrs)
and Highly Recommended.
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Poetry, flash & short story
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Story Behind Writing a Mystery
Read a great mystery with
author notes and how-to
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Entrada Publishing
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editing and editorial reviews.
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Blue Falcon Publishing
Children’s publishing
outside the box.
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Making a Mystery:Annie Tillery
Author/Educator, Linda Frank,
the story behind the story
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Henry Disney's
truly unforgettable read
REGAINING LIFE’S WINDING TRAIL
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Dragon's Future
Family, friends, dragons!
A fight for their future
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THE LOST VALOR OF LOVE
Escape to a world of kings,
gods, war, and forbidden love.
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Lucy Finds a Home
An adorable, sweet book
that children will love!
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TRUTH AND REVENGE
Secrecy and revenge...
and a shameful family secret
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The Springer Spaniel Mysteries
“For comic canine mystery
lovers!” - Midwest Book Review
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Slimmer by Wendy Jayne
'This time she's determined
to lasso his heart.'
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The Fridge Drawings
Money laundering puts
relationships into meltdown.
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Love Everlasting
- because love knows
no boundaries
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Deliverance Mary Fields
True American saga. Grit
pioneers freedom. Oprah Pick
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Trazer:Kids of Stolen Tomorrow
Is Dara the Savior of a
World Built to Break Her?
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THERE'S A BIZER IN MY BATHTUB
Interactions among nature's
bugs, flyers AND crawlers.
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Were You Born for Such a Time?
A "must read" for every teen
and all who know a teen!
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CATNIP
Cats, catastrophes and murder!
A cosy mystery with claws.
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HOLLY's HURRICANE
A fantastical ode to New
York City’s past and future.
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THE BELIEF IN Angels
Two wounded souls find
courage, strength & resilience
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Ninja Spy Cats by R.F. Kristi
★★★★★ Love it! Absolutely
adored this book! (AMAZON)
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Finnigan the Circus Cat
A rescued kitten finds a home
in a circus museum!
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One Little Black Nose
A boy, his dog and a sweet
adventure that kids will love!
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CLASSICS
Encouraging kids to read them.
"Totally Unputdownable"
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Accepting My Gay Self
Funny, tear jerker, honest,
authentic, thought provoking
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PERHAPS YOU WERE BORN FOR JUST
SUCH A TIME AS THIS: For every
teen and all who know a teen
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The Moon Pigeon
It's one small hop
for pigeonkind!
www.amazon.co.uk


TAILS, Finalist 9-12 yrs
'A magical story that
children will love.'
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PROFESSIONAL GRAPHIC DESIGN
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The Moon Pigeon
NASA report on 'MOON PIGEONS'
Discover the truth!
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CHILDREN OF EARTH AND STAR
"Magnificently illustrated
love story" * "Very sweet"
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The Phantom of Faerie Mountain
An enchanting tale of
myth, magic, & friendship.
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WONDERFUL HAIR
Bumpa and the Piggies dancing
their way into your hearts.
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Dust: Before and After
A new kind of
superhero is born.
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MOOJIE LITTLEMAN
A disabled boy works wonders.
"Awe inspiring" by critics.
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CATNIP
Cats, catastrophes and murder!
A cosy mystery with claws.
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DIAMONDS AT DAWN
A thrilling sequel full of
mystery and romance.
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Djabali’s Journey
A kid’s storybook about
courage and friendship.
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Ninja Spy Cats by R.F. Kristi
★★★★★ Love it! Absolutely
adored this book! (AMAZON)
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