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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.

If you happen to be looking for a good read, the readers at The Wishing Shelf Awards thoroughly recommend the following:

Category 1: Pre-school picture books
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

Category 2: Books for 6 - 8 year olds
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

Category 3: Books for 9 - 12 year olds
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

Category 4: Books for Teenagers
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

Category 5: Books for adults (fiction)
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

Category 6: Books for Adults (non-fiction)
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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WONDERFUL HAIR
Bumpa and the Piggies dancing
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SERENDIPITY MYSTERY
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CAT DETECTIVES!
Can a cat detective bring
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THE THIRSTY CROW...
Tales of WISDOM for toddlers,
Simple text, Vivid images!
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LOVE EVERLASTING
Love, friendship, three
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BEWITCHER
'Potent. Gripping.
A Jaw-Dropping Shocker'
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Lucy Finds a Home
An adorable, sweet book
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Memories of a Lost Thesaurus
Words: Power games, blame
games - predator or prey?
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COUNTERACT
A must-read YA thriller series
about a totalitarian America.
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TRUTH AND REVENGE
Secrecy and revenge...
and a shameful family secret
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REGAINING LIFE'S WINDING TRAIL
The unusual life of
a scientist and poet
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White Plains 
"The plot moves at a
breathtaking pace"
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The Springer Spaniel Mysteries
“For comic canine mystery
lovers!” - Midwest Book Review
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The Whispering Wind
by Lexa Dudley
Two lovers, one heart breakin
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CHILDREN OF EARTH AND STAR
"Magnificently illustrated
love story" * "Very sweet"
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Ship Rats
Set sail for thrills & danger!
(for kids 7 - 10)
www.amazon.co.uk


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


THE LEARNING PROJECT
Become fully human.
Welcome your rites of passage.
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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall
Bon voyage - take the journey,
explore those self-discoveries
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The Frog Who Was Blue
A witty, charming tale
for a very worthy cause
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Letters from the Dead
Killer seeks revenge
for his daughter's suicide
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RECKLESS OBSESSION
'Twists and turns
fill every page' WSA
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Common '?' Children Ask About
Puberty: Insights from a
health education expert
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Where I Belong
When the past is forgotten,
the future can change
www.amazon.co.uk


Curses of Scale
A curse. A fairy. A dragon.
And a girl's journey.
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The Staten Island Butcher
Priest tries to rescue
student from serial killer
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REGAINING LIFE’S WINDING TRAIL
By Dr Henry Disney. An unusual
life of a scientist and a poet
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HOP STOP & GO
Travel anecdotes with humor,
wit and cultural insight
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LEA CROFT
WHO KILLED HERBERT GRANT?
A multilayered mystery
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THE LOVE THAT DARE NOT SPEAK
ITS NAME - exhaustive approach
to queer issues is commendable
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A TRIBUTE TO TERRY PRATCHETT
Seventeen tales of magic &
memory #defeatdementia
www.amazon.co.uk


WRITING COMPETITIONS
Poetry, flash & short story
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GORGEOUS GEORGE AND HIS
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HENRY (A Gold Medal Winner)
Incredible true story of WWII
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Sons of the Sphinx
If they fail, she could die
over 3300 years from home.
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MOOJIE LITTLEMAN
A disabled boy works wonders.
"Awe inspiring" by critics.
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Finnigan the Circus Cat
A rescued kitten finds a home
in a circus museum!
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THERE'S A BIZER IN MY BATHTUB
Interactions among nature's
bugs, flyers AND crawlers.
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Uncle Matty Matt’s Bistro
Uncle Matty and the Piggies
cook up a delicious surprise.
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Life After the Undead
"A fun read in the world
of zombie fiction."
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DIARY OF A SNOOPY CAT
From the award-winning author
R F KRISTI
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THE NAMESAKE: Truth is Freedom
When faith turns to violence,
two women are changed forever
www.amazon.co.uk


PSYCHIC BYSTANDER BOOK SERIES
Do dead people watch you
sleep? Prepare to believe.
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ABSENCE, Whispers and Shadow
’A superbly plotted fantasy.’
An epic paranormal fantasy.
www.amazon.com


HEIR OF RA
An award-winning adventure
through history and time!
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Ninja Spy Cats by R.F. Kristi
★★★★★ Love it! Absolutely
adored this book! (AMAZON)
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Horrifically Half-Baked Ham
A TRILOGY Zombies and vampires
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Love Everlasting
- because love knows
no boundaries
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My Aunt Manya
Based on the true story.
’A heart-warming novel.’
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The Number Story 1 & 2
Finally, an award-winning way
to learn numbers. It works!
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CLASSICS
Encouraging kids to read them.
"Totally Unputdownable"
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The Fridge Drawings
Money laundering puts
relationships into meltdown.
www.amazon.com


Word of the Week: Volume one
A wry examination of the
words we think we know.
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Idi & The Oracle’s Quest
Magic and adventure
in this YA fantasy.
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Ninja Spy Cats by R.F. Kristi
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Kindness, Kale & Kettlebells
A journey to self-awareness
Amazon bestseller Bio Soc Act
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Lucy Finds a Home
An adorable, sweet book
that children will love!
www.amazon.com


Horrifically Half-Baked Ham
A TRILOGY Zombies and vampires
and witches, oh my!
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