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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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WATER DRAGON
Illustrating the powerful
bond of friendship. 6-12 yrs
www.amazon.co.uk


Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secret
Crime-fighting teens meet
ancient Egyptian intrigue!
Amazon


Blue Falcon Publishing
Children’s publishing
outside the box.
www.bluefalconpublishing.co.uk


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


FIND OURSELVES IN VENICE,
FLORENCE, ROME and BARCELONA
A travel memoir of adventure
www.amazon.com


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


Gobbledy - a fun-filled story
2 brothers, 3 friends, and 1
little alien far from home.
www.amazon.com


THE LOST VALOR OF LOVE
Escape to a world of kings,
gods, war, and forbidden love.
www.amazon.com


Slimmer by Wendy Jayne
'This time she's determined
to lasso his heart.'
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Mighty Mary
Incredible story of Mary,
the elephant hanged for murder
www.amazon.com


DIAMONDS AT DAWN
A thrilling sequel full of
mystery and romance.
progressiverisingphoenix.com


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


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


How Much Big Is the Sky
A memoir of a mother's love
and unfathomable loss.
Amazon


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


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


Formatting and Cover Design
Let me turn your manuscript
into something exceptional!
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May’s Boys
Peace will take her boy
if their plan fails
Amazon


THE AWAN LAKE SERIES
CANADIAN COZY MYSTERIES
set in Canada’s Lake Country
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SEED BALLS
Simple and fun recipe
to make seed balls
Amazon


Accepting My Gay Self
Funny, tear jerker, honest,
authentic, thought provoking
www.amazon.com


The White Hand
A Story of Forbidden Love,
Betrayal, and Murder.
www.amazon.com


Where I Belong
When the past is forgotten,
the future can change
www.amazon.co.uk


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


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


Dragonfly Surprise
Heroine with Special Needs.
Inspiring Magical Treasure!
www.DragonflySurprise.com


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


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


F’lorna of Rodesh
Life's more than simply song &
dance. Destiny cries out!
www.amazon.com


I AM ME
Sensitive picture book 3-7,
profit spent on child refugees
www.suehamptonauthor.co.uk


THE MAGIC YOU DON'T SEE
Your chance to be the
vocalist in the book!
www.frontporchstorytelling.com


Home Alone Harry
Children picture book showing
how to care for a family dog
Thunkies


Prof. Children’s Book Editing
1% of books win publishing
deal. Make your book stand out
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The Battle of Trafalgar Square
Told from the pigeon
side of the conflict!
www.amazon.co.uk


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


Finnigan the Circus Cat
A rescued kitten finds a home
in a circus museum!
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Sven and the Purse of Silver
An exciting Viking story
for 5 to 8 year-olds
Amazon


Two Spoons of Bitter
A story of love,
betrayal and redemption
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THE DISAPPEARING DIRECTOR
A mystery with intrigue,
romance, and ghostly aura
www.amazon.com


INDIE BOOK SOURCE
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What are You Willing to Risk?
Engaging dystopian novel,
think young adult 1984.
www.amazon.com


OutRAGEous
A funny fictional tale
of a charismatic character
www.amazon.com


LOVE EVERLASTING
Love, friendship, three
generations, a stunning secret
www.chrisbakosauthor.com


Passionate Travellers
Around the World on 21
Incredible Journeys in History
www.amazon.co.uk


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


I Wish You Happiness
"Highly recommended"
- Billy Bob Buttons (5 Stars)
www.piccopuppy.com


INVOKING NONNA
A teen witch battling to stay
safe. Coming-of-age fantasy.
www.amazon.com


Crooked Fences: A Novel
An honest story of change
and overcoming prejudice.
www.amazon.com


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


Djabali’s Journey
A kid’s storybook about
courage and friendship.
www.bicadeideias.com


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


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


MISFORTUNE ANNIE
An 1880s cowgirl tougher
than Calamity Jane!
www.amazon.co.uk





A BIOGRAPHY OF STORY
The power of stories, a global
history of storytelling
www.bookdepository.com


Gobbledy - a fun-filled story
2 brothers, 3 friends, and 1
little alien far from home.
www.amazon.com


THE GOA FILE
Thrilling historical novel set
in Argentina 1945 - 1982
www.goodreads.com


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