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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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Mighty Mary
Incredible story of Mary,
the elephant hanged for murder
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Nibbler and Captain Make Peace
Advantageous for early
readers with life-application.
www.amazon.co.uk


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


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


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


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


Grumpy & Lumpy Bears
A story in verse with
original antique photographs.
www.amazon.com


THE FOREVER KID
Loss, love and remembrance
that will move hearts
www.bigskypublishing.com.au


The Melody of Three
1815. And the fate of worlds
is in Rein's hands.
www.amazon.com


Introvert’s Career Guide
Landing a Job to Surviving,
Thriving and Moving on Up
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Access a world of empowering
and transformational books!
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HOLLY's HURRICANE
A fantastical ode to New
York City’s past and future.
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Endless Incarnation Sorrows
A Spiritual Odyssey of
Mortal Imprints on Earth
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THE VATICAN GAMES
Decoding the future will
be her ultimate challenge!
www.thevaticangames.com


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


THE NAMESAKE: Truth is Freedom
When faith turns to violence,
two women are changed forever
www.amazon.co.uk


Addicted To Hate
Parent abuse can take on
many different forms...
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Twelve: A Date with Obsession
A gripping psychological
thriller from Alan Reynolds
www.amazon.co.uk


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


HENRY (A Gold Medal Winner)
Incredible true story of WWII
w/orig photos & docs
www.amazon.com


Cats of the Pyramids
Two autistic kids. Great
adventure. ALIEN CAT PEOPLE!
Amazon


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


F’lorna of Rodesh
Life's more than simply song &
dance. Destiny cries out!
www.amazon.com


THE GOA FILE
Thrilling historical novel set
in Argentina 1945 - 1982
www.goodreads.com


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


PERHAPS YOU WERE BORN FOR JUST
SUCH A TIME AS THIS: For every
teen and all who know a teen
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THERE'S A BIZER IN MY BATHTUB
Interactions among nature's
bugs, flyers AND crawlers.
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The Fridge Drawings
Money laundering puts
relationships into meltdown.
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The Moon Pigeon
It's one small hop
for pigeonkind!
www.amazon.co.uk


Where I Belong
When the past is forgotten,
the future can change
www.amazon.co.uk


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


Cycles of Norse Mythology
The passion, cruelty, and
heroism of an ancient world.
www.amazon.com


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


Prof. Children’s Book Editing
1% of books win publishing
deal. Make your book stand out
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THE CAT DETECTIVES IN RUSSIA
Pack your suitcase for a
four-legged mystery series
www.amazon.co.uk


Lucky by RH Webster
Mystery and romance await
Lucky on a flight to Earth.
Amazon


LEA CROFT
WHO KILLED HERBERT GRANT?
A multilayered mystery
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Making a Mystery:Annie Tillery
Author/Educator, Linda Frank,
the story behind the story
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BEWITCHER
'Potent. Gripping.
A Jaw-Dropping Shocker'
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A BIOGRAPHY OF STORY
The power of stories, a global
history of storytelling
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PARANORMAL THRILLER
Supernatural powers, ghosts,
& a kickass female heroine
www.amazon.com


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


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


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


Accepting My Gay Self
Funny, tear jerker, honest,
authentic, thought provoking
www.amazon.com


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


ICE QUEEN
YA romance about the dangers
of sexting & cyberbullying.
www.amazon.com


Letters from the Dead
Killer seeks revenge
for his daughter's suicide
www.georgerhopkins.com


Billy Blacksmith: Demonslayer
Teenagers vs demonic,
sword-wielding spiders
www.amazon.com


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


The Mithras Conspiracy
Corpse of a Vatican scholar
floating in the Tiber!
www.mjpolelle.com


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


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


THE PINK DOOR
A sensitive caregiver's
roadmap for the last days
www.suziedaggett.com


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





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


Fraud at Snowfields
Join Will at the White
Christmas Organisation!
www.amazon.co.uk


The White Hand
A Story of Forbidden Love,
Betrayal, and Murder.
www.amazon.com


The Young Testament - preteen
A kids’-eye view
of the Jesus story!
www.amazon.com