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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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Azoria's Blade
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Into The Shadows
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THE LIGHTNESS OF WATER
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Harvey's Hutch
A man, nearly seventy,
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Writing in a Nutshell
Writing Workshops to
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Adventures of Negassi Brothers
Exciting children's adventure
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Tales of Witches and Wyverns
Join Enid’s quest to save
friends from a fae queen
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Return to Vienna
How SOE worked to free
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Master of Music - Marla Himeda
Book 1 of a unique,
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Changing Tide
A Thrilling First
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A new intriguing epic
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Inspirational Mindset Journey
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The Last Professional
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Tuskie’s Travels
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LADY REAPER
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Alfie Slider vs Shape Shifter
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Girl & the Lock on Her Heart
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Life with psychopathic brother
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Adventures of Beryl and Carol
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Love in the Cupboard
A sweet, clean Catholic Priest
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Hanna’s Ascent
A lyrical story of transgender
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False Neutral
A story of choices made & not
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“Later,” Said Gator
Encourage kids to clean up
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MUMMY TRUMPS
A rhyming flatulent book that
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TREACHERY!
A WW2 child
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Rainbow Cat and Mouse
How a hungry cat and a feisty
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Sibby's Secret
Heart-stopping adventure
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Tatiana and the Russian Wolves
A Russian émigré reconciles
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The Woodsman
A 5* serial killer thriller
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Hieroglyph
A fantastical mix of history &
fantasy. GOLD medal winner!
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A Cauldron of Uncanny Dreams
13 creepy award-winning
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The Power of...
kindness, gratitude,
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Arni's Adventures
Pet dinosaur, bear, cat story
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Sam & Me & the Hard Pear Tree
A personal account of
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Chains of Prophecy
A man finds he is the chosen
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I FEEL YOUR STARE
An Autobiography
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The Gift of Knowing You
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AMAZING WORLD BENEATH THE
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Ruby the Emotional Stingray
Handling emotions for kids.
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A Tree in Time
A fabilious journey into
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MORATURI LOST
Ship lost in Andromeda:
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THE PORTAL KEEPER
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Literary Historical Fiction
Karma and horses drive one
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Bentley's Fantabulous Idea
Embark on a whimsical colorful
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The Fungus Among Us
Encourage children to explore
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Secrets of The Sealed Forest
Magic awakens in this
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Adventures of Wizard Aquarius
A clever young wizard searches
for his missing grandfather
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Day & Night
A behind the scenes tour
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BEHIND THE PICKLE JAR
A fun, relatable,
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The Eye of Nineveh (thriller)
They found a gem powered by
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THE MAGIC OF KINDNESS
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Samurai's Gift Among Forest
A grieving child's journey
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Alphamind
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