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112 Authors Testimonials

’I am greatly honored to have received an award from the Wishing Shelf Book Award. 
To think that children loved this book is heartwarming. In my opinion, children are the toughest critics.
They can be frank and quite straightfoward, even painfully so. I know. I have four of the sharpest "critics" at home.
I do highly value Wishing Shelf Book Awards with its schools of children. Their smiles towards this book encourages me to keep on publishing. Yes. I do write for my boys. They are my primary audience. But the Wishing Shelf Book Award showed me that there are so many other children who do laugh and smile as they read  the books too. I am humbled and grateful to receive this award. I thank everyone sincerely. And thank you, Wishing Shelf Book Award.’

Miss Anna, the author of The Number Story 1 / The Number Story 2

’The Wishing Shelf Book Awards provides feedback directly from the target audience, which in my case is children from 9-12 years of age.  The comments are raw and unfiltered and so offer a valuable insight not otherwise easily obtained.  Edward (Billy Bob Buttons) has clearly stamped his personality on the award program itself, and he must be surrounded by people of like mind. The communication and the experience generally is personal, friendly and positive.  I will be entering a book again this year, and am grateful for the opportunity to do so.’   

Robin Mason, author of The Oldenglen Chronicles series

‘Being a Bronze Award winner in the 6-8-year-old category of the Wishing Shelf Awards has proved invaluable. We have been able to incorporate the winning of the award in our publicity and promotional materials such as posters, correspondence with schools, libraries, dyslexia organisations, bookshops and newspapers. We have included information about the award in the blurb of the second book in the series and have used extracts from the feedback and reviews on our Horace Burp website. This has undoubtedly raised the profile of the books. The fact that the feedback and reviews come directly from children, teachers and teaching assistants is what makes the Wishing Shelf Awards so valuable. The awards also provide an inspirational way of involving children in the world of books. Congratulations to Edward and the team for providing such a great opportunity for authors and young readers.’

Christine Tennent, author of Horace Burp, Lizard Boy

’It was wonderful to have the opportunity to showcase my books in the Wishing Shelf Awards. It is a breath of fresh air to have an award judged by readers, a true mark of independence and integrity. The thoughtful and constructive feedback was very helpful indeed. It is a fantastic endeavour and I will be back with the third in the series. Hats off to Edward, the amount of effort he puts in is amazing.’

Brendan Murphy, author of The Traitor’s Trap

’As a children’s author, and for obvious reasons, it’s extremely difficult to gain access to beta readers in the 9- to12- year-old age group. I found your award program offers helpful feedback directly from my intended readers—priceless!
Well done to you for stimulating reading in young people. I’m sure the children get a kick out of knowing their words will help make the authors next story even more entertaining.
Thanks for creating such a valuable program for authors as well as children in which every one wins.
Presently I’m deep into the editing stages of my next Middle Grade novel, and I’m looking forward to entering The Wishing Shelf Awards again this year.’

Carey Fessler , author of Foiled

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