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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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The Fridge Drawings
Money laundering puts
relationships into meltdown.
www.amazon.com


STUFF
An amusing romp through
the history of chemistry.
www.amazon.com


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


Dave Explores the Outdoors
Educational book, written in
a fun, rhyming style.
www.amazon.co.uk


How Dare the Birds Sing
Secrets, love, hatred and
unthinkable quirks of fate.
www.amazon.com


The Staten Island Butcher
A priest & an alcoholic
team up to catch a killer!
www.amazon.com


My Dad, the Earth Warrior
A fun eco-adventure brimming
with love and crazy mishaps.
www.amazon.co.uk


Red Falcon Publishing
Affordable, quality
self-publishing.
www.redfalconpublishing.co.uk


LOVE EVERLASTING
Love, friendship, three
generations, a stunning secret
www.chrisbakosauthor.com


IMAGINE THAT
WINNER/GOLD MEDAL
Children's Books Ages 6-8
www.amazon.com


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


UNLIKELY FRIENDS
Friendship can be found
in the most unusual places
www.amazon.com


REGAINING LIFE'S WINDING TRAIL
The unusual life of
a scientist and poet
www.austinmacauley.com


Zuma the Dog
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merchandise here.
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CAT DETECTIVES!
Can a cat detective bring
harmony to a family divided?
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THE PINK DOOR
A sensitive caregiver's
roadmap for the last days
www.suziedaggett.com


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


PERHAPS YOU WERE BORN FOR JUST
SUCH A TIME AS THIS: For every
teen and all who know a teen
www.carolynhayes.net


Henry Disney's
truly unforgettable read
REGAINING LIFE’S WINDING TRAIL
www.austinmacauley.com


The Babbling Brook
FREE D/LOAD - Delightful
Heartfelt, Intelligent
www.amazon.com


RANGER NADER
A boy & a magic axe fight a
demigod to save the world.
Amazon


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


Endless Incarnation Sorrows
A Spiritual Odyssey of
Mortal Imprints on Earth
www.amazon.com


FAB (Friends Against Bullying)
Click below to read about the
BEST CLUB EVER!
www.alexhallatt.com


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


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


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


Blood and Water
Not every dragon
is born equal
www.amazon.co.uk


Dinner on the Doorstep
A beautiful story of hope
and celebration of community.
www.elizabethmarycummings.com


The Staten Island Butcher
Priest tries to rescue
student from serial killer
www.georgerhopkins.com


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


How Much Big Is the Sky
A memoir of a mother's love
and unfathomable loss.
Amazon


The Phantom of Faerie Mountain
An enchanting tale of
myth, magic, & friendship.
Amazon


THE AWAN LAKE SERIES
CANADIAN COZY MYSTERIES
set in Canada’s Lake Country
www.peterkingsmill.ca


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


BEWITCHER
'Potent. Gripping.
A Jaw-Dropping Shocker'
www.amazon.com


I AM ME
Sensitive picture book 3-7,
profit spent on child refugees
www.suehamptonauthor.co.uk


Prof. Children’s Book Editing
1% of books win publishing
deal. Make your book stand out
www.jessebcreative.com


THE ILLUSTRATED HEN
'Imaginative, often surreal...
written with flamboyance.' WSA
www.amazon.com


Tupelo Honey
Gritty, superbly written. Full
of unforgettable characters.
www.amazon.com


MATILDA SEER
Where your name is,
there lies your power
www.amazon.com


Cuckoo Clock New York
Kindertransport-What happened
to the children in WW2?
www.amazon.com


Zuma the Dog
Get your official Zuma the Dog
merchandise here.
www.zumathedog.com


Loads and Loads of Silly Poems
Meet Sir Want A Lot and others
from the imagination series.
www.amazon.co.uk


Entrada Publishing
Offering beta reading,
editing and editorial reviews.
www.entradapublishing.com


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


Dave Explores the Outdoors
Educational book, written in
a fun, rhyming style.
www.amazon.co.uk


THE REINDEER CAPER
A missing reindeer, a
murdered elf and Santa in jail
www.amazon.co.uk


BLINK
A driver narrowly avoids
hitting a strange man…
www.amazon.co.uk


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


A Bloody Hot Summer
Murders uncover shocking
secrets of aristocratic family
www.trevordsilva.com


HEIR OF RA
An award-winning adventure
through history and time!
www.amazon.com


CON ARTIST DATING
Win against con artists
and true love is yours.
www.amazon.com


MISFORTUNE ANNIE
An 1880s cowgirl tougher
than Calamity Jane!
www.amazon.co.uk


Inconvenient Memories
An intimate account of a
modern Chinese social tragedy
www.amazon.com





Word of the Week: Volume one
A wry examination of the
words we think we know.
www.balancemedia.co.uk


Henry Disney's
truly unforgettable read
REGAINING LIFE’S WINDING TRAIL
www.austinmacauley.com


PROFESSOR PARRO...
Good & bad choices result
in mystery & adventure.
www.amazon.com


The Babbling Brook
FREE D/LOAD - Delightful
Heartfelt, Intelligent
www.amazon.com