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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 Strange Woman
Witch trials, feminism,
farming and wildflowers.
www.sheepshedpress.com


NILE CAT
A YA historical thriller
set in Egypt
Amazon


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


The Shadow of the Tudor Rose
Time-travel adventure with
3 children and a talking cat
Amazon


Life in the Grand Pause
Child music prodigy is whisked
away into a new life.
www.amazon.com


Book Of Greatness
A parable about unlocking
your destiny today.
Amazon


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


AWAKE; ARISE, OR BE FOREVER
FALLEN: Touching memoir of
a young anorexic male.
www.amazon.com


Karen Nicksich
angel reader, children's
author, dog trainer
www.pet-angelreader.com


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


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


THE BELLYBUTTON QUESTION
Do dinosaurs have
bellybuttons? For ages 2-5
www.damonartsnola.com


Masquerade
Personal tragedy, hardship...
AND A LOVE OF JAZZ
Amazon


WHERE ACORNS LANDED
For those who believe in
faeries, angels or ghosts
www.amazon.co.uk


Practice Makes Better
Beautifully illustrated book
to foster growth mindset.
Amazon


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


A Faulty Eviction
Eccentric tenants band
together to fight an eviction.
Amazon


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


CHILDREN OF THE KNIGHT
King Arthur uses kids to
create a modern Camelot
www.amazon.com


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


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


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


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


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


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


Music of Clara Martinelli
Our world in peril. Can
a piece of music save it?
Amazon


Bad Bitches & Power Pitches
Use your inner bad-bitch
to achieve EVERYTHING!
www.amazon.com


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


The Sands of Marrakech
Paranormal mystery set in
Morocco by M.A. Moore
Amazon


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


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


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


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


Peter the Picky Polar Bear
What kind of polar bear
doesn’t like fish?
Amazon


Mighty Mary
Incredible story of Mary,
the elephant hanged for murder
www.amazon.com


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


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


Ever Alice
Alice returns to Wonderland to
take out the Queen of Hearts.
Amazon


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


The Assassin of Malcoze
An assassin’s plot will
change the kingdom forever
Amazon


Give Them Unquiet Dreams
Can he free his mother from
a psychiatric institute?
www.amazon.com


Hero, a Hag, and Foggle-nogger
The Race for Croggerpooey
Humorous middle grade fantasy
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Redefining Normal
Two Foster Kids Beat the Odds
Discovering Healing, Happiness
www.re-definingnormal.com


Raindrops: How Meditation...
Searching for spiritual
stability and mental health.
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The Whimple Inn
Clean children’s book about
shapeshifters! Ages (9-14)
Amazon


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


SOUTH KOREA
The Price of Efficiency
and Success,
Amazon


Nibbler and Captain Make Peace
Advantageous for early
readers with life-application.
www.amazon.co.uk


GRAY IS THE NEW BLACK
A Memoir of Self-Acceptance
Cracking the code to happiness
www.amazon.com


The Book of Revelations
A woman finds self-acceptance
overcoming many challenges
Amazon


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


Hettie The Talking Yeti
Action packed picture book
with hilarious twist ending
Amazon


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


Trazer:Kids of Stolen Tomorrow
In a World of Despair,
HOPE
www.amazon.com


Anya and her Wings
'Enchanting! A FINALIST
and highly recommended' TheWSA
www.amazon.co.uk





Ekleipsis
Ordinary people battling
perverse needs and desires
books2read.com


SEED BALLS
Simple and fun recipe
to make seed balls
Amazon


The Strange Woman
Witch trials, feminism,
farming and wildflowers.
www.sheepshedpress.com


Ever Alice
Alice returns to Wonderland to
take out the Queen of Hearts.
Amazon