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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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Moving Beyond Unspoken Grief
Winner Eric Hoffer Award
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One Little Black Nose
A boy, his dog and a sweet
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FIND OURSELVES IN VENICE,
FLORENCE, ROME and BARCELONA
A travel memoir of adventure
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The Conquistador's Horse
One boy, one horse,
one destiny.
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THE SILENT PARTNER
AND OTHER STORIES OF TRUTH
"An absolute must-read"
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Trazer:Kids of Stolen Tomorrow
Is Dara the Savior of a
World Built to Break Her?
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LOST IN THE QUAGMIRE
A Merlin mystery. 'Fascinating
and eminently readable novel'
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Horrifically Half-Baked Ham
A TRILOGY Zombies and vampires
and witches, oh my!
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LAUREL
Poems of love, loss
and lovers’ rivalries.
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Making a Mystery:Annie Tillery
Author/Educator, Linda Frank,
the story behind the story
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I AM ME
Sensitive picture book 3-7,
profit spent on child refugees
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Billy Blacksmith: Demonslayer
Teenagers vs demonic,
sword-wielding spiders
www.amazon.com


THE PELICAN
'Emotional, sensitive and
deeply moving' Amazon
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DON’T COME CRYING HOME
Frank compelling autobiography
brought tears to my eyes.
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The Number Story 1 & 2
Finally, an award-winning way
to learn numbers. It works!
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Discussion of a Decent Dream
When darkness crept
into the Yorkshire Dales.
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Curses of Scale
A curse. A fairy. A dragon.
And a girl's journey.
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The Ride of Doom
A wonderfully fun, exciting
magical adventure.
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THERE'S A BIZER IN MY BATHTUB
Interactions among nature's
bugs, flyers AND crawlers.
www.amazon.com


Life After the Undead
"A fun read in the world
of zombie fiction."
www.amazon.com


Space Cop Zack
PROTECTOR OF THE GALAXY
“Fantastically fun!” WSA
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SERENDIPITY MYSTERY
No jungle can tame this
cat’s sense of adventure.
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WRITING COMPETITIONS
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Uncle Matty Matt’s Bistro
Uncle Matty and the Piggies
cook up a delicious surprise.
www.amazon.com


Killer in the Retroscape
A superbly-constructed future
world – WSA Review
Amazon


The Candy Judge 
**** ’Fun, educational...
beautifully illustrated...’
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Miss Anna’s THE NUMBER STORY
WOW! Wonderfully childlike!
Now a child can learn NUMBERS!
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PSYCHIC BYSTANDER BOOK SERIES
Do dead people watch you
sleep? Prepare to believe.
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99 Ways to Rid Yourself of
Toxic Relationships
A RED RIBBON WINNER!
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The Battle of Trafalgar Square
Told from the pigeon
side of the conflict!
www.amazon.co.uk


THE FOREVER KID
Loss, love and remembrance
that will move hearts
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CHIME
Boston 2062. Two technicians
make a discovery…
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THE DRY by Rebecca Nolen
This book is a feast
for the senses.
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Absence by J.B. Forsyth
’Superbly plotted fantasy.’
FINALIST WISHING SHELF AWARDS
www.amazon.co.uk


GORGEOUS GEORGE AND HIS
STUPID STINK STORIES ’Funnyer
than David Walyums’ Boy, 6
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INDIE BOOK SOURCE
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Ship Rats
Set sail for thrills & danger!
(for kids 7 - 10)
www.amazon.co.uk


Sons of the Sphinx
If they fail, she could die
over 3300 years from home.
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Ninja Spy Cats by R.F. Kristi
★★★★★ Love it! Absolutely
adored this book! (AMAZON)
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The Fridge Drawings
Money laundering puts
relationships into meltdown.
www.amazon.com


The Moon Pigeon
NASA report on 'MOON PIGEONS'
Discover the truth!
www.amazon.com


WONDERFUL HAIR
Bumpa and the Piggies dancing
their way into your hearts.
www.amazon.com


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


FINDING MIRANDA
"Amazing story!" "Perfect
ending!" "Make a sequel"
www.amazon.com


My Aunt Manya
Based on the true story.
’A heart-warming novel.’
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DIARY OF A SNOOPY CAT
From the award-winning author
R F KRISTI
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Unholy Retribution
Someone's decapitating
Muslims to frame a priest
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Secrets of the Home Wood
THE SACRIFICE, Julie Whitley
5-Star Award Winning Fantasy
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GUIAMO, Book 1
Epic B.C. story combining
history, myth and gods.
www.amazon.co.uk


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


PUBLISH AND PRINT
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Memories of a Lost Thesaurus
Words: Power games, blame
games - predator or prey?
www.amazon.co.uk


The Whispering Wind
by Lexa Dudley
Two lovers, one heart breakin
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GUIAMO, Book 1
Epic B.C. story combining
history, myth and gods.
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RECKLESS OBSESSION
'Twists and turns
fill every page' WSA
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BROKEN SEA
A dramatic love story set
in the troubled days of 1968
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Sons of the Sphinx
If they fail, she could die
over 3300 years from home.
www.amazon.com