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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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BATTLE GROUND
Award-winning UK-based
dystopia. Time to be brave…
Amazon


Blessed Assurance
‘A gripping, character-led
story…highly recommended.’
www.amazon.com


SEED BALLS
Simple and fun recipe
to make seed balls
Amazon


COLONY
A mist-shrouded island with
an ancient terror at its heart
www.benjamin-cross.com


The Edible Machine Gun
Sound of a nuclear explosion
or the clink of coffee cups?
Amazon


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


ALL FISH FACES
Photos & fun facts about
tropical reef fish
www.amazon.co.uk


Zuma the Dog
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merchandise here.
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Cognition
Is human intelligence at its
peak, or just taking off?
www.amazon.com


Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secret
Crime-fighting teens meet
ancient Egyptian intrigue!
Amazon


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METAL BONES
Star Wars meets Boondocks
Saints in Metal Bones.
www.amazon.com


I Wish You Happiness
"Highly recommended"
- Billy Bob Buttons (5 Stars)
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ICE QUEEN
YA romance about the dangers
of sexting & cyberbullying.
www.amazon.com


Everything All At Once
Teenage life (with a playlist)
Listen while you read.
www.amazon.co.uk


The Moon Pigeon
It's one small hop
for pigeonkind!
www.amazon.co.uk


BAD BITCHES AND POWER PITCHES
Use your inner bad-bitch
to achieve EVERYTHING!
Amazon


HomoAmerican – Secret Society
Unflinching portrait turbulent
times before & after Stonewall
www.amazon.com


Sven and the Purse of Silver
An exciting Viking story
for 5 to 8 year-olds
Amazon


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


Redefining Normal
Two Foster Kids Beat the Odds
Discovering Healing, Happiness
www.re-definingnormal.com


The Tap-Dancing Pigeon
An inspiring adventure
for 3 to 8 year olds.
www.amazon.com


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


Little Pink Kitty Christmas
Christmas wish comes true
for daughter…and dad!
Amazon


To Bury the Cloud
A journey where physical and
emotional roads intertwine
Amazon


Nik Coppin's Comedy World
Stand-up comedy stories
don't get much funnier!
Amazon


Gobbledy - a fun-filled story
2 brothers, 3 friends, and 1
little alien far from home.
www.amazon.com


Formatting and Cover Design
Let me turn your manuscript
into something exceptional!
www.jschlenker.com


SECRETS AND SPIES
Life-affirming, Scottish,
WW2, Boys' adventure.
www.amazon.com


THE FLOATING UMBRELLA
There could be more
than meets the eye.
www.amazon.com


Horrifically Half-Baked Ham
Hilarious Zombies and Vampires
and Witches—Oh My!
www.reganwhmacaulay.com


Kissed: A Cat Miranda Mystery
Complex characters, perfect
for mystery lovers!
Amazon


On Traigh Lar Beach
13 items on a beach; 13
stories of how they got there
Amazon


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


Orc Road Trip
"Punching isn't the answer,"
said no orc ever.
www.amazon.com


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


Slimmer by Wendy Jayne
'This time she's determined
to lasso his heart.'
www.amazon.com


Abandoned: A Sacred Mission
The International Space
Station holds a secret
Amazon


Weapons of Remorse
Accidental shooting shatters
three American families
Amazon


Fascinating Family Facts
Educational and Entertaining.
Audiobook + Kindle + Paperback
www.amazon.com


Detour Man
Bodybuilders + terrorists =
an explosive mystery
www.books2read.com


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


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


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


Viking Voyager, Iceland Memoir
A lively memoir that captures
the heart and soul of Iceland
Amazon


Pull A Funny Face
Promoting inclusion however
'different' someone seems.
www.amazon.co.uk


Were You Born for Such a Time?
A "must read" for every teen
and all who know a teen!
www.carolynhayes.net


Hamsly, Burdance, & Dogston...
A hamster, a bird, and a
dog compete. Who will win?
Amazon


The Golden Man
Mayhem reigns supreme across
suburban and outback Australia
Amazon


Blue Falcon Publishing
Children’s publishing
outside the box.
www.bluefalconpublishing.co.uk


THE DISAPPEARING DIRECTOR
A mystery with intrigue,
romance, and ghostly aura
www.amazon.com


Veilfall
A sword and sorcery
love story!
Amazon


Sagas and Sea Smoke
Uncover this murder mystery
from Canadian history
www.susannicol.com


No Deadly Medicine
A gripping debut thriller
fast paced and unputdownable!
www.amazon.co.uk





DRAGON BROTHERS
Dragon-winged brothers right
the wrongs of their elders.
www.amazon.com


CALEDONIA
Historical Novel, Scotland,
Adventure, Romance, Mystery
www.amazon.com


Sagas and Sea Smoke
Uncover this murder mystery
from Canadian history
www.susannicol.com


TRIVIA BOOKS
Educational and Entertaining.
In audio format! Bestseller!!!
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