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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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Life in the Grand Pause
Child music prodigy is whisked
away into a new life.
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THE BELLYBUTTON QUESTION
Do dinosaurs have
bellybuttons? For ages 2-5
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The Sands of Marrakech
Paranormal mystery set in
Morocco by M.A. Moore
Amazon


PAPA & PAWS
Cute doggie illustrations
& heartwarming stories
www.papaandpaws.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


FACE, A MEMOIR
A harrowing and life-affirming
memoir. It will draw you in.
Amazon


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


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


Fate By Design, M J Walsh
Historical fiction climaxing
with a dramatic twist
Amazon


THE RAMBEE BOO SERIES
Collect all the Rambee Boo
adventures! For 2 - 7 yr olds.
www.wamanbooks.com


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


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


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


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


Where Have We Come
Is love stronger than the
tragedy that haunts them?
Amazon


PETRIFIED PETE
Read along as Pete makes
an important discovery.
Amazon


Uncle Greg's Treasure [Novel]
Around the World
in 51 Riddles
books2read.com


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


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


Detour Man
Bodybuilders + terrorists =
an explosive mystery
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The Power of Positivity:
The ABC's of a Pandemic
5 Star Rating on Amazon!
Amazon


WATER DRAGON
Illustrating the powerful
bond of friendship. 6-12 yrs
www.amazon.co.uk


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


Family Redefined
Childhood Reflections on
the Impact of Divorce
www.familyredefinedbook.com


How Dare the Birds Sing
Secrets, love, hatred and
unthinkable quirks of fate.
www.amazon.com


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


A God-Centered View of Salvati
The vital importance of
putting God first in salvation
Amazon


Raindrops: How Meditation...
Searching for spiritual
stability and mental health.
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CALEDONIA
Historical Novel, Scotland,
Adventure, Romance, Mystery
www.amazon.com


Penitentiary Tales: Love Story
Privileged young white man
sent to harrowing State Prison
www.amazon.com


The Adventures of T J...
T J’s disability is no barrier
to a happy and fulfilling life
www.amandakehoebooks.com


The Opium Lord's Daughter
First Opium War told through
Chinese and English views
robertwangauthor.com


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


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


THE MAGIC YOU DON'T SEE
Your chance to be the
vocalist in the book!
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UNLIKELY FRIENDS
Friendship can be found
in the most unusual places
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MURDER ON CAYE ISLE
'A cleverly plotted thriller,
lots of sexy romance' WSA
Amazon


Let Me Tell You Something
Human relationships
hilariously explored
Amazon


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Limerick Comics
Lighthearted, original with
lots of exciting facts!
www.limerickcomics.com


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


MATILDA SEER
Where your name is,
there lies your power
www.amazon.com


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


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


Kate the Kitty Goes Potty
Fun potty training: a rhyming
picture book for toddlers!
Amazon


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





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


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


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


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