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Finalists 2015

Below is a list of the 2015 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, .

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
Do You Dream of Dinosaurs by Sally Alce
Do You Dream of Dinosaurs
Author: Sally Alce
Feeding Time at the Zoo by Kevin Price
Feeding Time at the Zoo
Author: Kevin Price
How It Happened in Hotterly Hollow by Tracey L Coutts
How It Happened in Hotterly Hollow
Author: Tracey L Coutts
Illustrator: Colleen Holub
My Mummy is an Engineer by Kerrine Bryan, Jason Bryan
My Mummy is an Engineer
Author: Kerrine Bryan, Jason Bryan
Odysseus by Simon Spence
Odysseus
Author: Simon Spence
The Frog Who Loved Mathematics by Faiz Kermani
The Frog Who Loved Mathematics
Author: Faiz Kermani
The Pirate Train by Nicole Plyler Fisk
The Pirate Train
Author: Nicole Plyler Fisk

Category 2: Books for 6 - 8 year olds
A Knock at the Door by Helen Yeomans
A Knock at the Door
Author: Helen Yeomans
Do Not Feed the Troll! by Ryan Cartwright
Do Not Feed the Troll!
Author: Ryan Cartwright
Ginger the Buddha Cat by Frank Kusy
Ginger the Buddha Cat
Author: Frank Kusy
Gollywood, Here I Come! by Terry John Barto
Gollywood, Here I Come!
Author: Terry John Barto
Horace Burp by Chris Tennent
Horace Burp
Author: Chris Tennent
Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon by Terry John Barto
Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon
Author: Terry John Barto
The Forever Tree by Hilary Hawkes
The Forever Tree
Author: Hilary Hawkes
The Mouse Who Howled at the Moon by Sarah Hindmarsh
The Mouse Who Howled at the Moon
Author: Sarah Hindmarsh

Category 3: Books for 9 - 12 year olds
Aoleon, The Martian Girl by Brent LeVasseur
Aoleon, The Martian Girl
Author: Brent LeVasseur
Bees in my Bananas by Neal Zetter
Bees in my Bananas
Author: Neal Zetter
Beggar Charlie by Madeleine McLaughlin
Beggar Charlie
Author: Madeleine McLaughlin
Danny Chaucer's Flying Saucer by Christopher Peter
Danny Chaucer's Flying Saucer
Author: Christopher Peter
Hieroglyph by Wendy Scott
Hieroglyph
Author: Wendy Scott
Jesper Jinx by Marko Kitti
Jesper Jinx
Author: Marko Kitti
Oldenglen by Robin Mason Michael Mason
Oldenglen
Author: Robin Mason Michael Mason
Sunny Turner and the Deadly Bite by Libby Whittaker
Sunny Turner and the Deadly Bite
Author: Libby Whittaker
Taylor Davis and the Flame of Findul by Michelle Isenhoff
Taylor Davis and the Flame of Findul
Author: Michelle Isenhoff
The Amazing Brain of O C Longbotham by Barbara Spencer
The Amazing Brain of O C Longbotham
Author: Barbara Spencer
The Fantastic House by Jennifer Lewis
The Fantastic House
Author: Jennifer Lewis
The Sound Catcher by Graham Garrity
The Sound Catcher
Author: Graham Garrity
The Staircase on Pine Street by Mariana Llanos
The Staircase on Pine Street
Author: Mariana Llanos

Category 4: Books for Teenagers
Alby and Me by John C Bird
Alby and Me
Author: John C Bird
Beyond the Gloaming by Brendan Murphy
Beyond the Gloaming
Author: Brendan Murphy
Collision by P J Byer
Collision
Author: P J Byer
Community 17 by James Cardona
Community 17
Author: James Cardona
Connected by Kat Stiles
Connected
Author: Kat Stiles
Counteract by Tracy Lawson
Counteract
Author: Tracy Lawson
dEaDINBURGH: Vantage by Mark Wilson
dEaDINBURGH: Vantage
Author: Mark Wilson
Don't Call Me Kit Kat by K. J. Farnham
Don't Call Me Kit Kat
Author: K. J. Farnham
Escape from B-Movie Hell by M T McGuire
Escape from B-Movie Hell
Author: M T McGuire
Eternal Hearts by Alice Berman
Eternal Hearts
Author: Alice Berman
Fraud at Snowfields by Daniel Klock
Fraud at Snowfields
Author: Daniel Klock
H.A.L.F. The Deep Beneath by Natalie Wright
H.A.L.F. The Deep Beneath
Author: Natalie Wright
Joshua's Island by Patrick Hodges
Joshua's Island
Author: Patrick Hodges
Oy Yew by Ana Salote
Oy Yew
Author: Ana Salote
Seventh Child by Peter R Ellis
Seventh Child
Author: Peter R Ellis
Spinner by Michael J Bowler
Spinner
Author: Michael J Bowler

Category 5: Books for adults (fiction)
Along the Far Shores by Kristin Gleeson
Along the Far Shores
Author: Kristin Gleeson
Anonymous by Christine Benedict
Anonymous
Author: Christine Benedict
Broken by Angela B. Chrysler
Broken
Author: Angela B. Chrysler
Friends Like These by Hannah Ellis
Friends Like These
Author: Hannah Ellis
Holy Island by L J Ross
Holy Island
Author: L J Ross
Lavender & Haddock by Mike Williams
Lavender & Haddock
Author: Mike Williams
Orphan Moon by T.K. Lukas
Orphan Moon
Author: T.K. Lukas
Plaint for Provence by Jean Gill
Plaint for Provence
Author: Jean Gill
Project Butterfly by K. A. Angliss
Project Butterfly
Author: K. A. Angliss
Raven Bought the Light by Kristen Gleeson
Raven Bought the Light
Author: Kristen Gleeson
Sea Music by Briege Brannigan
Sea Music
Author: Briege Brannigan
Second Chances by Lincoln Cole
Second Chances
Author: Lincoln Cole
Send My Love by Mike Crowley
Send My Love
Author: Mike Crowley
The Black Swans by N.W. Moors
The Black Swans
Author: N.W. Moors
The Borderline Diaries by Elisa Frank
The Borderline Diaries
Author: Elisa Frank
The Erotica Club for Nice Ladies by Connie Spittler
The Erotica Club for Nice Ladies
Author: Connie Spittler
The Forgotten by Amanda Witt
The Forgotten
Author: Amanda Witt
The Galician Parallax by James Skinner
The Galician Parallax
Author: James Skinner
The Gift Counselor by Sheila M. Cronin
The Gift Counselor
Author: Sheila M. Cronin
The House of Three Murders by Gary J George
The House of Three Murders
Author: Gary J George
The Kota Bk 1 by Sunshine Somerville
The Kota Bk 1
Author: Sunshine Somerville
The Piltdown Picasso by Robin Richards
The Piltdown Picasso
Author: Robin Richards
The Porter's Wife by Lisa Brown
The Porter's Wife
Author: Lisa Brown
The Post-It-Note Affair by Justine Avery
The Post-It-Note Affair
Author: Justine Avery
The Rival by Sandra Gustafsson
The Rival
Author: Sandra Gustafsson
The Seeds of Sorrow by Lisa Brown
The Seeds of Sorrow
Author: Lisa Brown
The Watch by Amanda Witt
The Watch
Author: Amanda Witt
The Watercress Girls by Kay Seeley
The Watercress Girls
Author: Kay Seeley
The Wrong Kind of Man by Lolli Powell
The Wrong Kind of Man
Author: Lolli Powell
Wanton Regard by Geoffrey Neil
Wanton Regard
Author: Geoffrey Neil
Wild Water by Jan Ruth
Wild Water
Author: Jan Ruth

Category 6: Books for Adults (non-fiction)
A Scion of Heroes by Stuart McCulloch
A Scion of Heroes
Author: Stuart McCulloch
Don't Cry, Pappa by Gunnar Skollingsberg
Don't Cry, Pappa
Author: Gunnar Skollingsberg
London's Firefighters by David Pike
London's Firefighters
Author: David Pike
Managing Bubbie by Russel Lazega
Managing Bubbie
Author: Russel Lazega
The Perpetual Paycheck: by Lori B. Rassas
The Perpetual Paycheck:
Author: Lori B. Rassas
Tutorin' Tim's Phonics: Lessons by Timothy Houge
Tutorin' Tim's Phonics: Lessons
Author: Timothy Houge
Watery Ways by Val Poore
Watery Ways
Author: Val Poore
Woody Allen, Reel to Real by Alex Sheremet
Woody Allen, Reel to Real
Author: Alex Sheremet

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