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Finalists 2017

Below is a list of the 2017 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, 2018.

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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:

A Handful of Eggs by Belinda Mellor
A Handful of Eggs
Author: Belinda Mellor
An Omelet for Evan by Sheri Wall
An Omelet for Evan
Author: Sheri Wall
Illustrator: Ilona Stuijt
Crazy Crab by Mark C. Evans
Crazy Crab
Author: Mark C. Evans
Illustrator: Steve Page
Eli's Magic Moment by Kevin Poplawski
Eli's Magic Moment
Author: Kevin Poplawski
Illustrator: Michael Rausch
Goodnight Wishes! by Leea Baltes
Goodnight Wishes!
Author: Leea Baltes
My Bunny by Justin Davis
My Bunny
Author: Justin Davis
Illustrator: Claire Adele
Nana Duck by Kathy Tallentire, Sarah Croker
Nana Duck
Author: Kathy Tallentire, Sarah Croker
Super Sal - How to be Kind to Animals by Sally V. Parker, Arina Neculai
Super Sal - How to be Kind to Animals
Author: Sally V. Parker, Arina Neculai
The Little Bee Bong Book of Poems by Judith Jenkinson
The Little Bee Bong Book of Poems
Author: Judith Jenkinson
Illustrator: Loli Kim
The Number Story 3 and 4 by Miss Anna
The Number Story 3 and 4
Author: Miss Anna
Zak and Jen’s Astronomical Adventures, Tinsel Town by Natalie Page, Chris Rivers Nuttall
Zak and Jen’s Astronomical Adventures, Tinsel Town
Author: Natalie Page, Chris Rivers Nuttall

A Star Full of Sky by Raven Howell
A Star Full of Sky
Author: Raven Howell
Billy Wants It All by James Minter
Billy Wants It All
Author: James Minter
Finnigan and the Lost Circus Wagon by Mary T. Wagner
Finnigan and the Lost Circus Wagon
Author: Mary T. Wagner
Herakles: Book 5- Early Myths: Kids Books on Greek Myth by Dr. Simon Spence and Colm Lawton
Herakles: Book 5- Early Myths: Kids Books on Greek Myth
Author: Dr. Simon Spence and Colm Lawton
Hollie and Figgs: Magical Adventures by Annette Sharman
Hollie and Figgs: Magical Adventures
Author: Annette Sharman
Magic Moon: Sister's Turn (Vol. 2) by Shirley Moulton
Magic Moon: Sister's Turn (Vol. 2)
Author: Shirley Moulton
Ship Rats by Rhian Waller
Ship Rats
Author: Rhian Waller
The Railway Mice of Countesthorpe by Sharon E Laker
The Railway Mice of Countesthorpe
Author: Sharon E Laker

8th Grade Fugitive by Richard Clark
8th Grade Fugitive
Author: Richard Clark
Bad Hair Days by J M Forster
Bad Hair Days
Author: J M Forster
Breaking Magic by Alex C. Vick
Breaking Magic
Author: Alex C. Vick
Crime Cats: The Dusenbury Curse by Wolfgang Parker
Crime Cats: The Dusenbury Curse
Author: Wolfgang Parker
Hemlock Jones & The Angel of Death by Justin Carroll
Hemlock Jones & The Angel of Death
Author: Justin Carroll
I Spy 2 by Tessa Buckley
I Spy 2
Author: Tessa Buckley
Jodie and the Book of the Rose by Julie Hodgson
Jodie and the Book of the Rose
Author: Julie Hodgson
My Aunt Manja by José Patterson
My Aunt Manja
Author: José Patterson
Ninja Spy Cats by R.F. Kristi
Ninja Spy Cats
Author: R.F. Kristi
Pandora’s Lunch Box by Richard Clark
Pandora’s Lunch Box
Author: Richard Clark
Tails by W J Scott
Author: W J Scott
The Final Rue of Naveena Bleu by Pamela Hartley
The Final Rue of Naveena Bleu
Author: Pamela Hartley
The Maker by D F Anderson
The Maker
Author: D F Anderson
The Secret of the Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram
The Secret of the Sacred Scarab
Author: Fiona Ingram
The Trouble with School!  by Stephanie Awbery
The Trouble with School!
Author: Stephanie Awbery
Time Shifters: Into the Past by Kate Frost
Time Shifters: Into the Past
Author: Kate Frost

Alex Vega and the Oracle of the Mayans by D.J. Burchell, M.A. Burchell
Alex Vega and the Oracle of the Mayans
Author: D.J. Burchell, M.A. Burchell
An Average Curse by Rue
An Average Curse
Author: Rue
Backjump by Carmen Henderson
Author: Carmen Henderson
Beyond the Screen Door by Julia Diana Robertson
Beyond the Screen Door
Author: Julia Diana Robertson
Blade's Edge by Virginia McClain
Blade's Edge
Author: Virginia McClain
Curses of Scale by S D Reeves
Curses of Scale
Author: S D Reeves
Dreadmarrow Thief by Marjory Kaptanoglu
Dreadmarrow Thief
Author: Marjory Kaptanoglu
Expendables by Alison Ingleby
Author: Alison Ingleby
ExtraOrdinary by Danielle K. Girl
Author: Danielle K. Girl
Forests of Farallon by Bem McKinnon
Forests of Farallon
Author: Bem McKinnon
Guardian Core by Scarlett Van Dijk
Guardian Core
Author: Scarlett Van Dijk
Huntress, Life After by Julie Hall
Huntress, Life After
Author: Julie Hall
Ignite by Tracy Lawson
Author: Tracy Lawson
Misfortune Annie and the Locomotive Reeper by Dave Jackson, Janet Fogg
Misfortune Annie and the Locomotive Reeper
Author: Dave Jackson, Janet Fogg
Playing by Heart by Carmela A. Martino
Playing by Heart
Author: Carmela A. Martino
Rebel Bound by Shauna E. Black
Rebel Bound
Author: Shauna E. Black
SeQuence by Lorraine M.L.M.
Author: Lorraine M.L.M.
Stig's Flight of Encounters by Stephan von Clinkerhoffen
Stig's Flight of Encounters
Author: Stephan von Clinkerhoffen
The Oldest Soul: Animus by Tiffany FitzHenry
The Oldest Soul: Animus
Author: Tiffany FitzHenry
The Secret of Berry Brae Circle by E. M. McIntyre
The Secret of Berry Brae Circle
Author: E. M. McIntyre
Twenty-Nine by Nancy Pennick
Author: Nancy Pennick
War & Quel by Matt J. Pike
War & Quel
Author: Matt J. Pike
Wizard's Key by Mitch Reinhardt
Wizard's Key
Author: Mitch Reinhardt

AHE’EY by Jamie Le Fay
Author: Jamie Le Fay
Alignment by Tracy Chollet
Author: Tracy Chollet
Always With You by Hannah Ellis
Always With You
Author: Hannah Ellis
Before I Left by Daisy White
Before I Left
Author: Daisy White
Bombay Blood by Ray Ronan
Bombay Blood
Author: Ray Ronan
Brought To Our Senses by Kathleen H. Wheeler
Brought To Our Senses
Author: Kathleen H. Wheeler
Caligation by Brhi Stokes
Author: Brhi Stokes
Call of the Morrigú by Christy Nicholas
Call of the Morrigú
Author: Christy Nicholas
Capture of the Defiance by S. E. Smith
Capture of the Defiance
Author: S. E. Smith
Chime by Christopher Orland
Author: Christopher Orland
Elizabeth, William…and Me by S. Lynn Scott
Elizabeth, William…and Me
Author: S. Lynn Scott
Forbidden by F. Stone
Author: F. Stone
Grannie Panties Are Underrated by Gayle Erickson
Grannie Panties Are Underrated
Author: Gayle Erickson
He Counts Their Tears by Mary Ann D'Alto
He Counts Their Tears
Author: Mary Ann D'Alto
Horizon by Tabitha Lord
Author: Tabitha Lord
In the Space of an Atom by Bruce Perrin
In the Space of an Atom
Author: Bruce Perrin
Incognolio by Michael Sussman
Author: Michael Sussman
Jessica Lost Her Wobble by J. Schlenker
Jessica Lost Her Wobble
Author: J. Schlenker
Letters to Strabo by David Smith
Letters to Strabo
Author: David Smith
My Lonely Room by John A. Vikara
My Lonely Room
Author: John A. Vikara
Night Eyes by Claire Stibbe
Night Eyes
Author: Claire Stibbe
None of Us the Same by Jeffrey K. Walker
None of Us the Same
Author: Jeffrey K. Walker
One For Sorrow by Jane Godman
One For Sorrow
Author: Jane Godman
One More Last Dance by Jerry Antil
One More Last Dance
Author: Jerry Antil
Paternus by Dyrk Ashton
Author: Dyrk Ashton
Prentice Ash by Matt Barron
Prentice Ash
Author: Matt Barron
Reign of the Marionettes by Sheena Macleod
Reign of the Marionettes
Author: Sheena Macleod
Rising Shadows by Michelle Meraki
Rising Shadows
Author: Michelle Meraki
Shelter My Heart by L. G. O’Connor
Shelter My Heart
Author: L. G. O’Connor
Small Stones from the River by Kat Lehmann
Small Stones from the River
Author: Kat Lehmann
Somewhere Still by Denitta Ward
Somewhere Still
Author: Denitta Ward
Song Hereafter by Jean Gill
Song Hereafter
Author: Jean Gill
Swallow by Heidi Fischer
Author: Heidi Fischer
The After War by Brandon Zenner
The After War
Author: Brandon Zenner
The Beauty Fools by Timothy A. Weeks
The Beauty Fools
Author: Timothy A. Weeks
The Breaking of Liam Glass by Charles Harris
The Breaking of Liam Glass
Author: Charles Harris
The Carlswick Deception by SL Beaumont
The Carlswick Deception
Author: SL Beaumont
The Coven by Chrissy Lessey
The Coven
Author: Chrissy Lessey
The Daughter Claus by D. Thrush
The Daughter Claus
Author: D. Thrush
The False Prophet by Harry James Fox
The False Prophet
Author: Harry James Fox
The Great War  by Dawn Knox
The Great War
Author: Dawn Knox
The Guardian Angel by Kay Seeley
The Guardian Angel
Author: Kay Seeley
The Infinet by John Akers
The Infinet
Author: John Akers
The Last Cowboy by Janet Foster Martinez
The Last Cowboy
Author: Janet Foster Martinez
The Last Train by Michael Pronko
The Last Train
Author: Michael Pronko
The Nature of Entangled Hearts by Emma Hartley
The Nature of Entangled Hearts
Author: Emma Hartley
The One Apart: A Novel by Justine Avery
The One Apart: A Novel
Author: Justine Avery
The Polygamist by William Irvine
The Polygamist
Author: William Irvine
The Training Ground by Angela Currie
The Training Ground
Author: Angela Currie
Truly Are the Free by Jeffrey K. Walker
Truly Are the Free
Author: Jeffrey K. Walker
Turn On, Tune Out by Cynthia Adina Kirkwood
Turn On, Tune Out
Author: Cynthia Adina Kirkwood
Twisted by J B Forsyth
Author: J B Forsyth
Valley of the Serpent by Alan Reynolds
Valley of the Serpent
Author: Alan Reynolds
Walking with Secrets by Carla Huxham
Walking with Secrets
Author: Carla Huxham
Whirligig by Richard Buxton
Author: Richard Buxton
Whiskey Kills by Lolli Powell
Whiskey Kills
Author: Lolli Powell

336 Hours by Rachel Cathan
336 Hours
Author: Rachel Cathan
CBT Worksheets for Anxiety by Dr. James Manning, Dr. Nicola Ridgeway
CBT Worksheets for Anxiety
Author: Dr. James Manning, Dr. Nicola Ridgeway
I don't know what to say but...Grief and Loss by Antoinette Koutsomihalis
I don't know what to say but...Grief and Loss
Author: Antoinette Koutsomihalis
Lessons From a CF Cornerman by Raymond L. Poole
Lessons From a CF Cornerman
Author: Raymond L. Poole
Light from a Dark Night by Anne Grove
Light from a Dark Night
Author: Anne Grove
Regaining Life’s Winding Trail by Dr. Henry Disney
Regaining Life’s Winding Trail
Author: Dr. Henry Disney
Sex Crimes: Then and Now by Alice Vachss
Sex Crimes: Then and Now
Author: Alice Vachss
The MECE Muse by Christie Lindor
The MECE Muse
Author: Christie Lindor
Tilting: A Memoir by Nicole Harkin
Tilting: A Memoir
Author: Nicole Harkin
Why People Suck by Abe Surde
Why People Suck
Author: Abe Surde
Why They Stay by Anne Michaud
Why They Stay
Author: Anne Michaud

A Red Ribbon is awarded to a book that did NOT get over 30/40 to be a finalist, but was still very much enjoyed by the readers.

Amie and the Child of Africa by Lucinda E Clarke
Red Ribbon

Amie and the Child of Africa
Author: Lucinda E Clarke
Dragonfly Surprise by Theresa A. O'Kane
Red Ribbon

Dragonfly Surprise
Author: Theresa A. O'Kane
Eve of the Exceptionals by Parker Sinclair
Red Ribbon

Eve of the Exceptionals
Author: Parker Sinclair
Fall Guys by Ian Andrew
Red Ribbon

Fall Guys
Author: Ian Andrew
Fire Blessed by Crystin Goodwin
Red Ribbon

Fire Blessed
Author: Crystin Goodwin
How To Meditate and Why by Mara M. Zimmerman
Red Ribbon

How To Meditate and Why
Author: Mara M. Zimmerman
If Roses Were Blue by Debbie Jenae
Red Ribbon

If Roses Were Blue
Author: Debbie Jenae
Jack and the Tree of Life by J M Cooke
Red Ribbon

Jack and the Tree of Life
Author: J M Cooke
James and the Birthday Balloon by Nicola J. Rowley
Red Ribbon

James and the Birthday Balloon
Author: Nicola J. Rowley
Keepers of the Light by S A McClure
Red Ribbon

Keepers of the Light
Author: S A McClure
Left Out by Jean Gill
Red Ribbon

Left Out
Author: Jean Gill
Living Diagnosis by Blanche Haddow
Red Ribbon

Living Diagnosis
Author: Blanche Haddow
Lucy Finds a Home by Rolynda Tassan
Red Ribbon

Lucy Finds a Home
Author: Rolynda Tassan
Margaret Leaving by Rosemary Hayward
Red Ribbon

Margaret Leaving
Author: Rosemary Hayward
Memories of Jake by Susan Moore Jordan
Red Ribbon

Memories of Jake
Author: Susan Moore Jordan
Moon Full of Moons by Kat Lehmann
Red Ribbon

Moon Full of Moons
Author: Kat Lehmann
Murthen Island by Marianne Ratcliffe
Red Ribbon

Murthen Island
Author: Marianne Ratcliffe
Silver Hotrod by Finn and Jake
Red Ribbon

Silver Hotrod
Author: Finn and Jake
Song of the Reeds by Kathleen Latham
Red Ribbon

Song of the Reeds
Author: Kathleen Latham
The Crying Wind by A P Pullan
Red Ribbon

The Crying Wind
Author: A P Pullan
The Doomsong Sword by J G Harlond
Red Ribbon

The Doomsong Sword
Author: J G Harlond
The Three Rulers and Echo by Fuad A Kamal
Red Ribbon

The Three Rulers and Echo
Author: Fuad A Kamal
The Wild Hunt by Caractacus Plume
Red Ribbon

The Wild Hunt
Author: Caractacus Plume
Tilly and Torg – Out To Eat by Connie Goyette Crawley and Valentina Valenza
Red Ribbon

Tilly and Torg – Out To Eat
Author: Connie Goyette Crawley and Valentina Valenza
True Mercy by Idelle Kursman
Red Ribbon

True Mercy
Author: Idelle Kursman
Woodwoo: The Little Sasquatch by Michael Spring
Red Ribbon

Woodwoo: The Little Sasquatch
Author: Michael Spring
Xalien Goes To School by Michelle Path
Red Ribbon

Xalien Goes To School
Author: Michelle Path

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