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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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THE IMPROBABLE WONDERS OF
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Harvey's Hutch
A man, nearly seventy,
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Harmony Dances On
Helping children navigate the
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My Year at the Good Bean Cafe
A riveting tale of unlikely
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The Stranger of Ul Darak BK 1
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PARIS BLUE, first love memoir
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SONG FOR MY FATHER
"A gripping drama...a FINALIST
and highly recommended." TWSA
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Church of the Assassin
A brutal purge. A reason
to live. A reason to kill.
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THE CURIST
Abby Steel hunts an evil
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TREACHERY!
A WW2 child
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EVERKNIGHT
A Heroic Journey of
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Chains of Prophecy
A man finds he is the chosen
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The Silence of Children
An accidental vigilante with
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RAIN FALLING ON EMBERS
A grieving, fish out of water
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Into The Shadows
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A SQUEAKY TOY, A LEASH, AND
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LIKE A HERO
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The Stress Book
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Churchill’s Secret Army
WW2 courage and sacrifice
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WHEN JESUS CALLS
A Story of Undeniable Faith.
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Look 'N Up Invasion
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Ships in the Desert
Timely, illuminating, and wise
—Julian Hoffman
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Children Who Dance in the Rain
A children's book about
gratitude and self-discovery.
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Destiny Lives on Fairhaven St.
A father's true story to his
sons. Winner of 17 awards.
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CATNIP
Cosy mystery with catnapping,
murder and a dash of romance.
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The Last Professional
A hobo, a wanderer, a madman-
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The Lost Heir Book 1 and 2
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Crime-busting teen
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LADY REAPER
Disorderly ghosts. Dejected
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An Enemy Like Me
A story not only of war but of
love & what we will do for it.
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Then We'll Say Goodnight
How would you get your
unruly puppies back to bed?
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The Accidental Boyfriend
Slightly steamy, fake dating,
celebrity young adult romcom
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AMAZING WORLD BENEATH THE
WAVES Satisfy your curiosity
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ARNI'S ADVENTURES
8 charming, silly, comic
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Life with psychopathic brother
A quirky philosophical novel
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Fit to Eat
Empower yourself to age
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When Secrets Come to Light
A novel of love, mystery
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BEHIND THE PICKLE JAR
A fun, relatable,
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Lead the Competition
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Monty and the Monster
Heartwarming adventure
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Oscar and Friends...
will help you along, sharing
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Arni's Adventures
Pet dinosaur, bear, cat story
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THE PORTAL KEEPER
Enter a world of Fantastic
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Dinosaur Symphony
A Guide to Dinosaurs
and Classical Music
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Selfish Shellfish & Sick Sea
An environmental gem for the
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Comfort in the Wings
An inspiring, heartfelt
journey of joy after loss
Amazon


LOOK AWAY NO MORE
A story rich in history & love
at a Georgia college in 1970.
Amazon


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What You Cannot See
A woman trying to navigate
and understand her life
Amazon


HEALER'S BLADE
Can a young woman change
the fate of England?
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Thar She Blows
Brian got swallowed by
a whale. Mom’ll be mad.
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Exclusion Zone
The VORKOSIGAN SAGA
meets DIE HARD.
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Return to Vienna
How SOE worked to free
Austria from Hitler's grip
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Epistolary
Mandy writes about her
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THE S.O.U.R.C.E.
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How We Healed
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