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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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PETRIFIED PETE
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THE BELLYBUTTON QUESTION
Do dinosaurs have
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Eye of the Turtle
Thrilling adventure with
environmental theme (8+)
Gloria Barnett


HomoAmerican – Secret Society
Unflinching portrait turbulent
times before & after Stonewall
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BAD BITCHES AND POWER PITCHES
Use your inner bad-bitch
to achieve EVERYTHING!
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COUNTDOWN AMERICA
A fast-paced cyber
espionage thriller
Amazon


Orc Road Trip
"Punching isn't the answer,"
said no orc ever.
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THE CAT DETECTIVES IN RUSSIA
Pack your suitcase for a
four-legged mystery series
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Karen Nicksich
angel reader, children's
author, dog trainer
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CON ARTIST DATING
Win against con artists
and true love is yours.
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The Shadow of the Tudor Rose
Time-travel adventure with
3 children and a talking cat
Amazon


Evolution’s Magnum Opus
Riveting, cohesive, thought-
provoking & brilliant- Gdreads
Amazon


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


The Stalking Seagulls
Battle between boy & bird with
an outcome neither anticipates
MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing


A Bike for Buster
Everything is impossible
until it happens!
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BATTLE GROUND
Award-winning UK-based
dystopia. Time to be brave…
Amazon


Trazer:Kids of Stolen Tomorrow
In a World of Despair,
HOPE
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The Sands of Marrakech
Paranormal mystery set in
Morocco by M.A. Moore
Amazon


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


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


Chermpf by W. S. Russell lll
An exciting adventure with
Gracie and the Cats of Nova!
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A Faulty Eviction
Eccentric tenants band
together to fight an eviction.
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THE FLOATING UMBRELLA
There could be more
than meets the eye.
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Rising Up
Equilibrium meets Divergent.
Series about a teen empath.
Amazon


Last Star Standing
Kirkus-starred adventure
"A deeply addictive read" SPR
Amazon


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Uncle Greg's Treasure [Novel]
Around the World
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CALEDONIA
Historical Novel, Scotland,
Adventure, Romance, Mystery
www.amazon.com


A Tree in Time
Time travel to Ancient Britain
in unique adventure
Gentle Press Publishing


Introvert’s Career Guide
Landing a Job to Surviving,
Thriving and Moving on Up
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Just Say "$%#&! NO!"
A Book Dedicated to the
Well Intended Overextended!
Amazon


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


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


Stormy Weather
The story of a boy who
joined the Marines
Amazon


Tell Me You Love Me
Hollywood child stars
battle lies & corruption
Amazon


An Only Child's Diary
For girls facing the
challenge of growing up
Amazon


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


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


EDEN - A YA Novel by C J Singh
Mystical, but eerily realistic
tale of a dystopian world
Amazon


Ford the Tooting Truck Truck
Empowering book about
changing your perspective.
Amazon


The Book of Revelations
A woman finds self-acceptance
overcoming many challenges
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Kate the Kitty Goes Potty
Fun potty training: a rhyming
picture book for toddlers!
Amazon


Tupelo Honey
Gritty, superbly written. Full
of unforgettable characters.
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Where Have We Come
Is love stronger than the
tragedy that haunts them?
Amazon


PARANORMAL THRILLER
Supernatural powers, ghosts,
& a kickass female heroine
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Thriving After Sexual Abuse
Well-written and sensitive
guidebook for a wide audience
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Captivity (Faction War #1)
"A superb work of
graphic dystopian fiction.”
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Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secret
Crime-fighting teens meet
ancient Egyptian intrigue!
Amazon


Ripley of Valor
Engaging character, likable,
fascinating.' BookPipeline
www.thorensyndergaard.com


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


The Illustrated Hen
'A FINALIST and highly
recommended.' TWSA
Amazon


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


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


SEED BALLS
Simple and fun recipe
to make seed balls
Amazon


PROSE, POETRY AND MEDITATION
'...warmth, passion, insight &
thought-provoking scenarios."
Amazon





Veilfall
A sword and sorcery
love story!
Amazon


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


I Wish You Happiness
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Captivity (Faction War #1)
"A superb work of
graphic dystopian fiction.”
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