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


Famously Dead
Gambling-themed action
thriller with a twist
www.amazon.co.uk


Escape from Nettle Farm
‘Written well, paced perfectly
to keep young readers engaged’
www.justindavis.co.uk


TAILS, Finalist 9-12 yrs
'A magical story that
children will love.'
www.amazon.com


Billy Blacksmith: Demonslayer
Teenagers vs demonic,
sword-wielding spiders
www.amazon.com


Hero, a Hag, and Foggle-nogger
The Race for Croggerpooey
Humorous middle grade fantasy
store.bookbaby.com


THE NAMESAKE: Truth is Freedom
When faith turns to violence,
two women are changed forever
www.amazon.co.uk


The Babbling Brook
FREE D/LOAD - Delightful
Heartfelt, Intelligent
www.amazon.com


JUST FINISH!
“Inspirational, motivational
& captivating” New Runner
www.payhip.com


CLASSICS
Encouraging kids to read them.
"Totally Unputdownable"
www.amazon.com


REGAINING LIFE’S WINDING TRAIL
The unusual life of
a scientist and poet
www.austinmacauley.com


The Moon Pigeon
It's one small hop
for pigeonkind!
www.amazon.co.uk


REGAINING LIFE’S WINDING TRAIL
By Dr Henry Disney. An unusual
life of a scientist and a poet
www.austinmacauley.com


Pull A Funny Face
Promoting inclusion however
'different' someone seems.
www.amazon.co.uk


White Plains 
"The plot moves at a
breathtaking pace"
www.amazon.co.uk


REGAINING LIFE'S WINDING TRAIL
The unusual life of
a scientist and poet
www.austinmacauley.com


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


MY COMMUNITY
Celebrate diversity -
Come meet our community!
www.mcp-store.com


The Conquistador's Horse
One boy, one horse,
one destiny.
www.troubador.co.uk/


BROKEN SEA
A dramatic love story set
in the troubled days of 1968
www.local-legend.co.uk


PROFESSIONAL GRAPHIC DESIGN
Low-cost, high-quality
graphic design for authors!
basilebacorn.myportfolio.com


Idi & The Oracle’s Quest
Magic and adventure
in this YA fantasy.
www.amazon.co.uk


THE PELICAN
'Emotional, sensitive and
deeply moving' Amazon
www.mnaidoo.com


Memories of a Lost Thesaurus
Words: Power games, blame
games - predator or prey?
www.amazon.co.uk


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


Trazer:Kids of Stolen Tomorrow
Is Dara the Savior of a
World Built to Break Her?
www.amazon.com


Dragon's Future
Family, friends, dragons!
A fight for their future
www.amazon.co.uk


Letters from the Dead
Killer seeks revenge
for his daughter's suicide
www.georgerhopkins.com


RECKLESS OBSESSION
'Twists and turns
fill every page' WSA
www.daihenley.co.uk


MOOJIE LITTLEMAN
A disabled boy works wonders.
"Awe inspiring" by critics.
www.amazon.com


THE DRY by Rebecca Nolen
This book is a feast
for the senses.
www.amazon.com


One Little Black Nose
A boy, his dog and a sweet
adventure that kids will love!
www.amazon.co.uk


TAILS (Silver Wishes Bk 1)
Heart-stopping,
tail-dropping adventure.
www.amazon.com


The Fridge Drawings
Money laundering puts
relationships into meltdown.
www.amazon.com


Twelve: A Date with Obsession
A gripping psychological
thriller from Alan Reynolds
www.amazon.co.uk


HOP STOP & GO
Travel anecdotes with humor,
wit and cultural insight
www.utpalkdutta.com


The Moon Pigeon
NASA report on 'MOON PIGEONS'
Discover the truth!
www.amazon.com


Fairy Dust, Bedtime Tale #1.
A Finalist (6-8 yrs)
and Highly Recommended.
www.amazon.com


CATNIP
Cats, catastrophes and murder!
A cosy mystery with claws.
www.amazon.co.uk


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


Lucy Finds a Home
An adorable, sweet book
that children will love!
www.amazon.com


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


THE LEARNING PROJECT
Become fully human.
Welcome your rites of passage.
www.mindstrengthbalance.com


THE THIRSTY CROW...
Tales of WISDOM for toddlers,
Simple text, Vivid images!
www.amazon.com


Common '?' Children Ask About
Puberty: Insights from a
health education expert
www.lorireichel.com/book/books


DIAMONDS AT DUSK
A YA cowgirl adventure
from southwest New Mexico.
progressiverisingphoenix.com


CHILDREN OF EARTH AND STAR
"Magnificently illustrated
love story" * "Very sweet"
www.amazon.com


GORGEOUS GEORGE AND HIS
STUPID STINK STORIES ’Funnyer
than David Walyums’ Boy, 6
www.amazon.co.uk


The Whispering Wind
by Lexa Dudley
Two lovers, one heart breakin
www.lexadudleywriter.co.uk


Blemished But Not Broken
“A 5 star Reader’s Favorite”
Gritty - filled with drama
www.amazon.com


THE BELIEF IN Angels
Two wounded souls find
courage, strength & resilience
www.books2read.com


JUST FINISH!
“Inspirational, motivational
& captivating” New Runner
www.payhip.com


COUNTERACT
A must-read YA thriller series
about a totalitarian America.
www.amazon.com


The Staten Island Butcher
A priest & an alcoholic
team up to catch a killer!
www.amazon.com





THE FOREVER KID
Loss, love and remembrance
that will move hearts
www.bigskypublishing.com.au


International Crime Series
One girl one object -
take on the criminal cartels
www.keithhoare.com


Sons of the Sphinx
If they fail, she could die
over 3300 years from home.
www.amazon.com


Dinner on the Doorstep
A beautiful story of hope
and celebration of community.
www.elizabethmarycummings.com