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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.

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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:

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

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

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

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

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

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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Redefining Normal
Two Foster Kids Beat the Odds
Discovering Healing, Happiness
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Sometimes Lovin' is Hurtful
A love song on repressed
love. Straight-gay.
www.amazon.com


The Illustrated Hen
'A FINALIST and highly
recommended.' TWSA
Amazon


DRAGON BROTHERS
Dragon-winged brothers right
the wrongs of their elders.
www.amazon.com


Dave Explores the Outdoors
Educational book, written in
a fun, rhyming style.
www.amazon.co.uk


THE AWAN LAKE SERIES
CANADIAN COZY MYSTERIES
set in Canada’s Lake Country
www.peterkingsmill.ca


NILE CAT
A YA historical thriller
set in Egypt
Amazon


Jack and the Lean Stalk
A spooky midnight meeting!
Will Jack make friend or foe?
www.amazon.com


Yes and Pigs Might Fly
'Genuinely insightful'
FINALIST in the WSBA
www.amazon.co.uk


Nibbler and Captain Make Peace
Advantageous for early
readers with life-application.
www.amazon.co.uk


Ford the Tooting Truck Truck
Empowering book about
changing your perspective.
Amazon


Cycles of Norse Mythology
The passion, cruelty, and
heroism of an ancient world.
www.amazon.com


ALL FISH FACES
Photos & fun facts about
tropical reef fish
www.amazon.co.uk


Prof. Children’s Book Editing
1% of books win publishing
deal. Make your book stand out
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The Irish bog imp tales
Lock up your donkeys,
the bog imps are coming!
www.irishbogimptales.com


Grumpy & Lumpy Bears
A story in verse with
original antique photographs.
www.amazon.com


Everything All At Once
Teenage life (with a playlist)
Listen while you read.
Amazon


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Complete self-publishing
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SECRETS AND SPIES
Life-affirming, Scottish,
WW2, Boys' adventure.
www.amazon.com


The Demonic Virtue
The tale of all tales.
The journey of Atopher.
Amazon


Penitentiary Tales: Love Story
Privileged young white man
sent to harrowing State Prison
www.amazon.com


To Bury the Cloud
A journey where physical and
emotional roads intertwine
Amazon


Orc Road Trip
"Punching isn't the answer,"
said no orc ever.
www.amazon.com


Meet Nurse Sherlock
ICU nurse uses critical
thinking to solve crimes.
www.LochLonach.com


THE BELLYBUTTON QUESTION
Do dinosaurs have
bellybuttons? For ages 2-5
www.damonartsnola.com


TRIVIA BOOKS
Educational and Entertaining.
In audio format! Bestseller!!!
www.raiseyourbrain.com


Nik Coppin's Comedy World
Stand-up comedy stories
don't get much funnier!
Amazon


Tell Me You Love Me
Hollywood child stars
battle lies & corruption
Amazon


Limerick Comics
Lighthearted, original with
lots of exciting facts!
www.limerickcomics.com


Billy the Brave
Multi-award winning comics
powered by healthy eating.
Amazon


Sven and the Purse of Silver
An exciting Viking story
for 5 to 8 year-olds
Amazon


CON ARTIST DATING
Win against con artists
and true love is yours.
www.amazon.com


Karen Nicksich
angel reader, children's
author, dog trainer
www.pet-angelreader.com


Masquerade
Personal tragedy, hardship...
AND A LOVE OF JAZZ
Amazon


Life in the Grand Pause
Child music prodigy is whisked
away into a new life.
www.amazon.com


The Melody of Three
1815. And the fate of worlds
is in Rein's hands.
www.amazon.com


Cuckoo Clock New York
Kindertransport-What happened
to the children in WW2?
www.amazon.com


UNLIKELY FRIENDS
Friendship can be found
in the most unusual places
www.amazon.com


JUST FINISH!
“Inspirational, motivational
& captivating” New Runner
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Inconvenient Memories
An intimate account of a
modern Chinese social tragedy
www.amazon.com


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


PARANORMAL THRILLER
Supernatural powers, ghosts,
& a kickass female heroine
www.amazon.com


THE VATICAN GAMES
Decoding the future will
be her ultimate challenge!
www.thevaticangames.com


IMAGINE THAT
WINNER/GOLD MEDAL
Children's Books Ages 6-8
www.amazon.com


The Sands of Marrakech
Paranormal mystery set in
Morocco by M.A. Moore
Amazon


Detour Man
Bodybuilders + terrorists =
an explosive mystery
www.books2read.com


Cats of the Pyramids
Two autistic kids. Great
adventure. ALIEN CAT PEOPLE!
Amazon


HomoAmerican – Secret Society
Unflinching portrait turbulent
times before & after Stonewall
www.amazon.com


BATTLE GROUND
Award-winning UK-based
dystopia. Time to be brave…
Amazon


PROFESSOR PARRO...
Good & bad choices result
in mystery & adventure.
www.amazon.com


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


My Dad, the Earth Warrior
A fun eco-adventure brimming
with love and crazy mishaps.
www.amazon.co.uk


Hamsly, Burdance, & Dogston...
A hamster, a bird, and a
dog compete. Who will win?
Amazon


Henry Disney's
truly unforgettable read
REGAINING LIFE’S WINDING TRAIL
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The Graceful Ghost
Page-turning antics with
ghosts in a ballet school!
Amazon


The Demonic Virtue
The tale of all tales.
The journey of Atopher.
Amazon


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


BLINK
A driver narrowly avoids
hitting a strange man…
www.amazon.co.uk