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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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CON ARTIST DATING
Win against con artists
and true love is yours.
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Were You Born for Such a Time?
A "must read" for every teen
and all who know a teen!
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THE RAMBEE BOO SERIES
Collect all the Rambee Boo
adventures! For 2 - 7 yr olds.
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PETRIFIED PETE
Read along as Pete makes
an important discovery.
Amazon


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


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


GRAY IS THE NEW BLACK
A Memoir of Self-Acceptance
Cracking the code to happiness
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Black ≠ Inferior
'passionate, inspiring...speak
to black readers...' Kirkus
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Pull A Funny Face
Promoting inclusion however
'different' someone seems.
www.amazon.co.uk


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


Lucky by RH Webster
Mystery and romance await
Lucky on a flight to Earth.
Amazon


NILE CAT
A YA historical thriller
set in Egypt
Amazon


Masters of the Broken Watches
A time, myth, and
science adventure thriller.
Amazon


Addicted To Hate
Parent abuse can take on
many different forms...
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Zuma the Dog
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MATILDA SEER
Where your name is,
there lies your power
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Hero, a Hag, and Foggle-nogger
The Race for Croggerpooey
Humorous middle grade fantasy
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How Much Big Is the Sky
A memoir of a mother's love
and unfathomable loss.
Amazon


PERHAPS YOU WERE BORN FOR JUST
SUCH A TIME AS THIS: For every
teen and all who know a teen
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COLONY
A mist-shrouded island with
an ancient terror at its heart
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A Faulty Eviction
Eccentric tenants band
together to fight an eviction.
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SUBMIT HORROR
14 tales - new and renewed -
of imminent terror!
www.amazon.co.uk


Little Pink Kitty Christmas
Christmas wish comes true
for daughter…and dad!
Amazon


The Frog Who Was Blue
A charity book that is
helping children in Africa.
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THE VATICAN GAMES
Decoding the future will
be her ultimate challenge!
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The Shadow of the Tudor Rose
Time-travel adventure with
3 children and a talking cat
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PERHAPS YOU WERE BORN FOR JUST
SUCH A TIME AS THIS: For every
teen and all who know a teen
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Everything All At Once
Teenage life (with a playlist)
Listen while you read.
www.amazon.co.uk


Give Them Unquiet Dreams
Can he free his mother from
a psychiatric institute?
www.amazon.com


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


A Bloody Hot Summer
Murders uncover shocking
secrets of aristocratic family
www.trevordsilva.com


Music of Clara Martinelli
Our world in peril. Can
a piece of music save it?
Amazon


Eve's Ducklings
Adorable story about a girl
wanting to befriend ducklings
www.mariamonte.com


THE ILLUSTRATED HEN
'Imaginative, often surreal...
written with flamboyance.' WSA
www.amazon.com


Penitentiary Tales: Love Story
Privileged young white man
sent to harrowing State Prison
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Meet Nurse Sherlock
ICU nurse uses critical
thinking to solve crimes.
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Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secret
Crime-fighting teens meet
ancient Egyptian intrigue!
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Henry Disney's
truly unforgettable read
REGAINING LIFE’S WINDING TRAIL
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BLINK
A driver narrowly avoids
hitting a strange man…
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The Opium Lord's Daughter
First Opium War told through
Chinese and English views
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Just Say "$%#&! NO!"
A Book Dedicated to the
Well Intended Overextended!
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REGAINING LIFE’S WINDING TRAIL
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Bad Bitches & Power Pitches
Use your inner bad-bitch
to achieve EVERYTHING!
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The Assassin of Malcoze
An assassin’s plot will
change the kingdom forever
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THE FLOATING UMBRELLA
There could be more
than meets the eye.
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Practice Makes Better
Beautifully illustrated book
to foster growth mindset.
Amazon


The Power of Positivity:
The ABC's of a Pandemic
5 Star Rating on Amazon!
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PARANORMAL THRILLER
Supernatural powers, ghosts,
& a kickass female heroine
www.amazon.com


Trazer:Kids of Stolen Tomorrow
In a World of Despair,
HOPE
www.amazon.com


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


Blood and Water
Not every dragon
is born equal
www.amazon.co.uk


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


THE BELIEF IN Angels
Two wounded souls find
courage, strength & resilience
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SECRETS AND SPIES
Life-affirming, Scottish,
WW2, Boys' adventure.
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Inconvenient Memories
An intimate account of a
modern Chinese social tragedy
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Evolution’s Magnum Opus
Riveting, cohesive, thought-
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PETRIFIED PETE
Read along as Pete makes
an important discovery.
Amazon


Peter the Picky Polar Bear
What kind of polar bear
doesn’t like fish?
Amazon