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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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Kringleset Chronicles
A magical fantasy adventure,
think Christmas meets Narnia.
Amazon


Everything All At Once
Teenage life (with a playlist)
Listen while you read.
www.amazon.co.uk


Fate By Design, M J Walsh
Historical fiction climaxing
with a dramatic twist
Amazon


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


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


Adventures of Bentley Hippo
What happens when the
bully becomes the victim?
www.bentleythehippo.com


Fraud at Snowfields
Join Will at the White
Christmas Organisation!
www.amazon.co.uk


COUNTDOWN AMERICA
A fast-paced cyber
espionage thriller
Amazon


Blood Orphan
A cat and mouse game, seeking
revenge to reconcile the past.
Amazon


Tupelo Honey
Gritty, superbly written. Full
of unforgettable characters.
www.amazon.com


FARSEEKER
Enlightened. Enslaved. Erased.
A Sci-Fi, Fantasy epic!
Amazon


Rising Up
Equilibrium meets Divergent.
Series about a teen empath.
Amazon


On Traigh Lar Beach
13 items on a beach; 13
stories of how they got there
Amazon


The Wandering Investor
Personal adventures, business
outlooks and observations
Bookbaby


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


Captivity (Faction War #1)
"A superb work of
graphic dystopian fiction.”
books2read.com


Let Me Tell You Something
Human relationships
hilariously explored
Amazon


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


Family Redefined
Childhood Reflections on
the Impact of Divorce
www.familyredefinedbook.com


A God-Centered View of Salvati
The vital importance of
putting God first in salvation
Amazon


Uncle Greg's Treasure [Novel]
Around the World
in 51 Riddles
books2read.com


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


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


RANGER NADER
A boy & a magic axe fight a
demigod to save the world.
Amazon


WHERE ACORNS LANDED
For those who believe in
faeries, angels or ghosts
www.amazon.co.uk


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


An Only Child's Diary
For girls facing the
challenge of growing up
Amazon


Last Star Standing
Kirkus-starred adventure
"A deeply addictive read" SPR
Amazon


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


The Shadow of the Tudor Rose
Time-travel adventure with
3 children and a talking cat
Amazon


Evolution’s Magnum Opus
Riveting, cohesive, thought-
provoking & brilliant- Gdreads
Amazon


How Dare the Birds Sing
Secrets, love, hatred and
unthinkable quirks of fate.
www.amazon.com


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


PROSE, POETRY AND MEDITATION
'...warmth, passion, insight &
thought-provoking scenarios."
Amazon


Cosmic Playbook for Writers
Boost Your Creativity,
Resilience & Passion
Amazon


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


As the Daisies Bloom
A loving exploration of
generosity, peace and hope
Amazon


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


COLONY
A mist-shrouded island with
an ancient terror at its heart
www.benjamin-cross.com


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


Oh Daddy Chronicles
Laugh at Trump...Then
laugh some more...Repeat.
Amazon


Anya and her Wings
'Enchanting! A FINALIST
and highly recommended' TheWSA
www.amazon.co.uk


The Poison Keeper
The story of Giulia Tofana,
Renaissance poisoner.
Amazon


Raindrops: How Meditation...
Searching for spiritual
stability and mental health.
Facebook


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


PETRIFIED PETE
Read along as Pete makes
an important discovery.
Amazon


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


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


The Midas Effect
What if you could make all
your wishes come true.
Amazon


Bad Bitches & Power Pitches
Use your inner bad-bitch
to achieve EVERYTHING!
www.amazon.com


MOMENT
Inspiring our youth to be
active global citizens.
Amazon


EDEN - A YA Novel by C J Singh
Mystical, but eerily realistic
tale of a dystopian world
Amazon


Weapons of Remorse
Accidental shooting shatters
three American families
Amazon


The Rainbow Boat by H Ferreira
Inclusive fantasy-adventure
kids’ picture book.
www.sandandglitter.com


Inconvenient Memories
An intimate account of a
modern Chinese social tragedy
www.amazon.com





Oh Daddy Chronicles
Laugh at Trump...Then
laugh some more...Repeat.
Amazon


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


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


The Mithras Conspiracy
Corpse of a Vatican scholar
floating in the Tiber!
www.mjpolelle.com