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Finalists 2014

Below is a list of the 2014 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, 2015.

If you happen to be looking for a good read, the readers at The Wishing Shelf Awards thoroughly recommend the following:

Category 1: Pre-school picture books
Bedtime Bunny by Eve and Leila
Bedtime Bunny
Author: Eve and Leila
Ben the Outside Dog by Jenna Rothwell
Ben the Outside Dog
Author: Jenna Rothwell
Bing and Nero by I L Williams
Bing and Nero
Author: I L Williams
Curious Creatures by Kevin Price
Curious Creatures
Author: Kevin Price
GG and Mamela by Belinda Brock
GG and Mamela
Author: Belinda Brock
My Crazy Purple Pen by Ruth Whenham
My Crazy Purple Pen
Author: Ruth Whenham
Pants Hats by Emi Lou Howe
Pants Hats
Author: Emi Lou Howe
Pillow People by Annie Sullivan
Pillow People
Author: Annie Sullivan
Illustrator: Patrick Hawkins
Stonely's Pet Dinosaur by Naomi Burman-Shine
Stonely's Pet Dinosaur
Author: Naomi Burman-Shine

Category 2: Books for 6 - 8 year olds
Cell Wars by Amanda Miles
Cell Wars
Author: Amanda Miles
Ginger the Gangster Cat by Frank Kusy
Ginger the Gangster Cat
Author: Frank Kusy
Odin the Ferret by Kathryn V. White
Odin the Ferret
Author: Kathryn V. White
Snort and Wobbles by Will Macmillan Jones
Snort and Wobbles
Author: Will Macmillan Jones

Category 3: Books for 9 - 12 year olds
Children of Earth and Star by R.R. Vincench
Children of Earth and Star
Author: R.R. Vincench
Christmas Nevermore by Marc Cadieux
Christmas Nevermore
Author: Marc Cadieux
Esme Dooley by Jane Donovan + Rosie McTozy
Esme Dooley
Author: Jane Donovan + Rosie McTozy
Manchester United, Tales From History by Philippe Glogowski
Manchester United, Tales From History
Author: Philippe Glogowski
Santa Claus vs. The Aliens by James Cardona
Santa Claus vs. The Aliens
Author: James Cardona
Shadow Jumper by J M Forster
Shadow Jumper
Author: J M Forster
Stellarcadia, Book 3 by Julie Anne Grasso
Stellarcadia, Book 3
Author: Julie Anne Grasso
Supernatural Hero by Eran Gadot
Supernatural Hero
Author: Eran Gadot
The Lost Castle Treasure by Don Winn
The Lost Castle Treasure
Author: Don Winn
The Rise of Agnil by Susan Navas
The Rise of Agnil
Author: Susan Navas

Category 4: Books for Teenagers
Aquila, Into the Light by T L Searle
Aquila, Into the Light
Author: T L Searle
Cairn: A Dragon Memoir by Rebecca Ferrell Porter
Cairn: A Dragon Memoir
Author: Rebecca Ferrell Porter
Decay (Tesla Evolution Book 2) by Mark Lingane
Decay (Tesla Evolution Book 2)
Author: Mark Lingane
Dion: His Life and Mine by Sarah Anstey
Dion: His Life and Mine
Author: Sarah Anstey
Pickles and Ponies by Laura May
Pickles and Ponies
Author: Laura May
Praelium, Book 1 by Lisa Riddoch
Praelium, Book 1
Author: Lisa Riddoch
Rewrite Redemption by J H Walker
Rewrite Redemption
Author: J H Walker
Running Through A Dark Place by Michael Bowler
Running Through A Dark Place
Author: Michael Bowler
The Discovery of Socket Greeny by Tony Bertauski
The Discovery of Socket Greeny
Author: Tony Bertauski
The Golden Sword by Rosie Morgan
The Golden Sword
Author: Rosie Morgan
The Journey of the Marked by Rebecca P McCray
The Journey of the Marked
Author: Rebecca P McCray
The Time Smugglers by Rosie Morgan
The Time Smugglers
Author: Rosie Morgan
Under the Shadow of Darkness by James Cardona
Under the Shadow of Darkness
Author: James Cardona
Xyz by Frank Lambert
Xyz
Author: Frank Lambert

Category 5: Books for adults (fiction)
1066, What Fates Impose by G K Holloway
1066, What Fates Impose
Author: G K Holloway
A Just and Upright Man by R J Lynch
A Just and Upright Man
Author: R J Lynch
Actress by Keith Dixon
Actress
Author: Keith Dixon
Blazing Obsession by Dai Henley
Blazing Obsession
Author: Dai Henley
Bookworm 2, The Very Ugly Duckling by Christopher Nuttall
Bookworm 2, The Very Ugly Duckling
Author: Christopher Nuttall
Dobyns Chronicles by Shirley McLain
Dobyns Chronicles
Author: Shirley McLain
God on Trial by Sabri Bebawi
God on Trial
Author: Sabri Bebawi
Have Frogs, Will Travel by Will MacMillan Jones
Have Frogs, Will Travel
Author: Will MacMillan Jones
Journey of Ashes by Anna Ray-Jones, Roman Ferber
Journey of Ashes
Author: Anna Ray-Jones, Roman Ferber
Kybernos by M J A Watney
Kybernos
Author: M J A Watney
Messiah of the Slums by Charlotte Pickering
Messiah of the Slums
Author: Charlotte Pickering
One Sixth of a Gill by Jean Gill
One Sixth of a Gill
Author: Jean Gill
Project Butterfly by K A Angliss
Project Butterfly
Author: K A Angliss
Rainbow Child by S L Coyne
Rainbow Child
Author: S L Coyne
Rumble Tumble Joy by Kathryn V White
Rumble Tumble Joy
Author: Kathryn V White
Shell House by Gayle Eileen Curtis
Shell House
Author: Gayle Eileen Curtis
Silver Rain by Jan Ruth
Silver Rain
Author: Jan Ruth
The Cedar Cove Chronicles Book 4 by Cynthia Ulmer
The Cedar Cove Chronicles Book 4
Author: Cynthia Ulmer
The Cedar Cove Chronicles, Book 1 by Cynthia Ulmer
The Cedar Cove Chronicles, Book 1
Author: Cynthia Ulmer
The Night I danced with Rommel by Elisabeth Marrion
The Night I danced with Rommel
Author: Elisabeth Marrion
The Other Shakespeare by Lea Rachel
The Other Shakespeare
Author: Lea Rachel
The Sixth Pillar by Alan Reynolds
The Sixth Pillar
Author: Alan Reynolds
The Tragedy of Fidel Castro by João Cerqueira
The Tragedy of Fidel Castro
Author: João Cerqueira
The Water Gypsy by Kay Seeley
The Water Gypsy
Author: Kay Seeley
This Is How Much Oatmeal Loves You by Stephen Wagner
This Is How Much Oatmeal Loves You
Author: Stephen Wagner
Time Sheets, A Collection of Poems by Stephen Wagner
Time Sheets, A Collection of Poems
Author: Stephen Wagner
Timestorm by Steve Harrison
Timestorm
Author: Steve Harrison
Tizzie by P D R Lindsay
Tizzie
Author: P D R Lindsay
To Catch a Butterfly by T.M. Payne
To Catch a Butterfly
Author: T.M. Payne
Truth & Revenge by Sheila Rawlings
Truth & Revenge
Author: Sheila Rawlings
Year of the Songbird by Bryan Caron
Year of the Songbird
Author: Bryan Caron
Zappa's Mam's a Slapper by John Lynch
Zappa's Mam's a Slapper
Author: John Lynch

Category 6: Books for Adults (non-fiction)
23 days: a memoir of 1939 by Antoni 'Joe' Podolski
23 days: a memoir of 1939
Author: Antoni 'Joe' Podolski
Almost Invincible by Suzanne Burdon
Almost Invincible
Author: Suzanne Burdon
Aura Child by A I Kaymen
Aura Child
Author: A I Kaymen
Beyond the Flames by David Pike
Beyond the Flames
Author: David Pike
Churchill's Rebels by Meredith Whitford
Churchill's Rebels
Author: Meredith Whitford
Grumpy old Menopause by Carol E Wyer
Grumpy old Menopause
Author: Carol E Wyer
The Hollywood Clown by Jason Lassen
The Hollywood Clown
Author: Jason Lassen
The Power of Freedom by Mart Laar
The Power of Freedom
Author: Mart Laar
The Rainbow Bridge by Brent Hunter
The Rainbow Bridge
Author: Brent Hunter

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HOLLY's HURRICANE
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LEA CROFT
WHO KILLED HERBERT GRANT?
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One Little Black Nose
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DIAMONDS AT DUSK
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Djabali’s Journey
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Story Behind Writing a Mystery
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Lucy Finds a Home
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FIND OURSELVES IN VENICE,
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Killer in the Retroscape
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Life After the Undead
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FINDING MIRANDA
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Accepting My Gay Self
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