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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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The Fridge Drawings
Money laundering puts
relationships into meltdown.
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TAILS, Finalist 9-12 yrs
'A magical story that
children will love.'
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TWS loved Cooperative Lives
Written with a gold-tipped pen
A literary work of art.
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PERHAPS YOU WERE BORN FOR JUST
SUCH A TIME AS THIS: For every
teen and all who know a teen
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THE DRY by Rebecca Nolen
This book is a feast
for the senses.
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My Aunt Manya
Based on the true story.
’A heart-warming novel.’
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Common '?' Children Ask About
Puberty: Insights from a
health education expert
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DIAMONDS AT DUSK
A YA cowgirl adventure
from southwest New Mexico.
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Trazer:Kids of Stolen Tomorrow
Is Dara the Savior of a
World Built to Break Her?
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MOOJIE LITTLEMAN
A disabled boy works wonders.
"Awe inspiring" by critics.
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Formatting and Cover Design
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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall
Bon voyage - take the journey,
explore those self-discoveries
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HOP STOP & GO
Travel anecdotes with humor,
wit and cultural insight
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THE DISAPPEARING DIRECTOR
A mystery with intrigue,
romance, and ghostly aura
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Lucy Finds a Home
An adorable, sweet book
that children will love!
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The Staten Island Butcher
A priest & an alcoholic
team up to catch a killer!
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Accepting My Gay Self
Funny, tear jerker, honest,
authentic, thought provoking
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The Whispering Wind
by Lexa Dudley
Two lovers, one heart breakin
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Sometimes Lovin' is Hurtful
A love song on repressed
love. Straight-gay.
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FIND OURSELVES IN VENICE,
FLORENCE, ROME and BARCELONA
A travel memoir of adventure
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The Conquistador's Horse
One boy, one horse,
one destiny.
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The Phantom of Faerie Mountain
An enchanting tale of
myth, magic, & friendship.
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The Candy Judge 
**** ’Fun, educational...
beautifully illustrated...’
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BROKEN SEA
A dramatic love story set
in the troubled days of 1968
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CHIME
Boston 2062. Two technicians
make a discovery…
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Blemished But Not Broken
“A 5 star Reader’s Favorite”
Gritty - filled with drama
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CATNIP
Cats, catastrophes and murder!
A cosy mystery with claws.
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Zuma the Dog
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The Babbling Brook
FREE D/LOAD - Delightful
Heartfelt, Intelligent
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Blue Falcon Publishing
Children’s publishing
outside the box.
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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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Curses of Scale
A curse. A fairy. A dragon.
And a girl's journey.
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The Moon Pigeon
It's one small hop
for pigeonkind!
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Escape from Nettle Farm
‘Written well, paced perfectly
to keep young readers engaged’
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Making a Mystery:Annie Tillery
Author/Educator, Linda Frank,
the story behind the story
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Story Behind Writing a Mystery
Read a great mystery with
author notes and how-to
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SERENDIPITY MYSTERY
No jungle can tame this
cat’s sense of adventure.
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One Little Black Nose
A boy, his dog and a sweet
adventure that kids will love!
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LAUREL
Poems of love, loss
and lovers’ rivalries.
www.petercowlam.one


The Staten Island Butcher
Priest tries to rescue
student from serial killer
www.georgerhopkins.com


REGAINING LIFE’S WINDING TRAIL
The unusual life of
a scientist and poet
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Billy Blacksmith: Demonslayer
Teenagers vs demonic,
sword-wielding spiders
www.amazon.com


Dragonfly Surprise
Heroine with Special Needs.
Inspiring Magical Treasure!
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The Vital Secrets Series
Enjoy good suspense?
Enjoy this thrilling series!
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PSYCHIC BYSTANDER BOOK SERIES
Do dead people watch you
sleep? Prepare to believe.
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Memories of a Lost Thesaurus
Words: Power games, blame
games - predator or prey?
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Sagas and Sea Smoke
Uncover this murder mystery
from Canadian history
www.susannicol.com


GORGEOUS GEORGE AND HIS
STUPID STINK STORIES ’Funnyer
than David Walyums’ Boy, 6
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LEA CROFT
WHO KILLED HERBERT GRANT?
A multilayered mystery
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JUST FINISH!
“Inspirational, motivational
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Sons of the Sphinx
If they fail, she could die
over 3300 years from home.
www.amazon.com


Word of the Week: Volume one
A wry examination of the
words we think we know.
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A TRIBUTE TO TERRY PRATCHETT
Seventeen tales of magic &
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Unholy Retribution
Someone's decapitating
Muslims to frame a priest
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Were You Born for Such a Time?
A "must read" for every teen
and all who know a teen!
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Deliverance Mary Fields
True American saga. Grit
pioneers freedom. Oprah Pick
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