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Finalists 2018

Below is a list of the 2018 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, 2019.

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
A Christmas Star by Leea Baltes
A Christmas Star
Author: Leea Baltes
A Handful of Eggs by Belinda Mellor
A Handful of Eggs
Author: Belinda Mellor
Be Happy to Be You  by Diane Margaret Hull
Be Happy to Be You
Author: Diane Margaret Hull
Illustrator: Jan Dolby
Blueberry Bear by Eileen Pieczonka
Blueberry Bear
Author: Eileen Pieczonka
Captain Alex Adventures - Journey to the Moon by Jean-Paul Churchward
Captain Alex Adventures - Journey to the Moon
Author: Jean-Paul Churchward
Illustrator: Steve Page
Chores Make Me Snore by Sheri Wall
Chores Make Me Snore
Author: Sheri Wall
Illustrator: Ilona Stuijt
Dinner on the Doorstep by Elizabeth Cummings
Dinner on the Doorstep
Author: Elizabeth Cummings
Felix Trash and the Moon Rock by Flora Beth Edwards
Felix Trash and the Moon Rock
Author: Flora Beth Edwards
Golden Sparkles: An Introduction to Mindfulness by Catarina R Peterson
Golden Sparkles: An Introduction to Mindfulness
Author: Catarina R Peterson
Illustrator: Mateya Arkova
Home by Adam Bailey
Home
Author: Adam Bailey
I Smile For Grandpa by Ms. Jaclyn Guenette and Ms. Kathryn Harrison
I Smile For Grandpa
Author: Ms. Jaclyn Guenette and Ms. Kathryn Harrison
Jay-Jay, The Supersonic Bus by Sue Wickstead
Jay-Jay, The Supersonic Bus
Author: Sue Wickstead
La Petite Josette en Provence by Ashley Davidson-Fisher
La Petite Josette en Provence
Author: Ashley Davidson-Fisher
Illustrator: Martinique Louise Fisher
Maisie & Bertie's Animal ABC by Kevin Price, Vicky Fieldhouse
Maisie & Bertie's Animal ABC
Author: Kevin Price, Vicky Fieldhouse
Mixter Twizzle's Breakfast by Regan W H Macaulay
Mixter Twizzle's Breakfast
Author: Regan W H Macaulay
Illustrator: Wei Lu
Monday's Ball by Segun O Mosuro
Monday's Ball
Author: Segun O Mosuro
N is for Nutrition: Rhymes by the Alphabet by Todd Skene and Dr. Amneet Aulakh
N is for Nutrition: Rhymes by the Alphabet
Author: Todd Skene and Dr. Amneet Aulakh
Piccadilly and the Jolly Raindrops by Lisa Anne Novelline
Piccadilly and the Jolly Raindrops
Author: Lisa Anne Novelline
Illustrator: Nicola Hwang
Puppy Pickup Day: The Little Labradoodle by April M. Cox
Puppy Pickup Day: The Little Labradoodle
Author: April M. Cox
Illustrator: Smith Len
Real Jungle Tales  by Jesse Byrd
Real Jungle Tales
Author: Jesse Byrd
Illustrator: Andressa Meissner
Snowman vs. ABC & 123 by Michael Wayne
Snowman vs. ABC & 123
Author: Michael Wayne
Space Cop Zack, The Lost Treasure of Zandor by Don M. Winn
Space Cop Zack, The Lost Treasure of Zandor
Author: Don M. Winn
Illustrator: Dave Allred
Splat! by Robin Bennett
Splat!
Author: Robin Bennett
Illustrator: Kate Shannon
The City of Smogg by Michelle Path
The City of Smogg
Author: Michelle Path
The King and the Cockerel by Sarah Morrell
The King and the Cockerel
Author: Sarah Morrell
The Revolting Brains  by Neil McFarlane
The Revolting Brains
Author: Neil McFarlane
The Singing Rooster by Marybeth Lang
The Singing Rooster
Author: Marybeth Lang
The Tiny Man’s Dream by Paul Keeton
The Tiny Man’s Dream
Author: Paul Keeton
The Wrong Stripes by Arjun Rihan
The Wrong Stripes
Author: Arjun Rihan
Tor the Bear Takes a Daycation by Lin-Marita Sandvik
Tor the Bear Takes a Daycation
Author: Lin-Marita Sandvik
What on earth is under my bed?  by Laura Quinn
What on earth is under my bed?
Author: Laura Quinn
Illustrator: Kevin McHugh
Whisper & Buzz : What Your Voice Does by Rabia Anne Sandage
Whisper & Buzz : What Your Voice Does
Author: Rabia Anne Sandage
Wish Upon a Shooting Star by J. C. Perry
Wish Upon a Shooting Star
Author: J. C. Perry

Category 2: Books for 6 - 8 year olds
Big Fish Dreams by Lori Peelen
Big Fish Dreams
Author: Lori Peelen
Illustrator: Consie Powell
Cinderella's Other Shoe by Philippa Rae
Cinderella's Other Shoe
Author: Philippa Rae
Illustrator: Tevin Hansen
Cody the Pony Goes to Pony Club by Michelle Path
Cody the Pony Goes to Pony Club
Author: Michelle Path
Illustrator: Naya Ivashchuk
Djabali’s Journey by Corine Timmer
Djabali’s Journey
Author: Corine Timmer
Illustrator: Kristina Munoz
Nibbler & Captain Make Peace by Kathy J. Perry
Nibbler & Captain Make Peace
Author: Kathy J. Perry
Tricky Times by Laura Irelan
Tricky Times
Author: Laura Irelan
Zombie Baker by J S Rumble
Zombie Baker
Author: J S Rumble

Category 3: Books for 9 - 12 year olds
Anya and Her Wings by Natalia Lialina
Anya and Her Wings
Author: Natalia Lialina
Illustrator: Andrei Lialin
Beasthunter by Katharina Gerlach
Beasthunter
Author: Katharina Gerlach
In the Shadow of the Sphinx by A K Wallis
In the Shadow of the Sphinx
Author: A K Wallis
Jake, Lucid Dreamer by David J. Naiman
Jake, Lucid Dreamer
Author: David J. Naiman
Maddie in the Middle by Cindy Horrell Ramsey
Maddie in the Middle
Author: Cindy Horrell Ramsey
Shipwrecked: Dragon Island by Carey Fessler
Shipwrecked: Dragon Island
Author: Carey Fessler
The Boy Who Cried Ghost by Richard Clark
The Boy Who Cried Ghost
Author: Richard Clark
The Haunted Funfair by Alex Woburn
The Haunted Funfair
Author: Alex Woburn
The Mermaids at Crystal Cove by Alex Woburn
The Mermaids at Crystal Cove
Author: Alex Woburn
The Secret of the Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram
The Secret of the Sacred Scarab
Author: Fiona Ingram
The Snow Witch by Rosie Boyes
The Snow Witch
Author: Rosie Boyes
The Time Hunters by Carl Ashmore
The Time Hunters
Author: Carl Ashmore
Theseus by Dr. Simon Spence and Colm Lawton
Theseus
Author: Dr. Simon Spence and Colm Lawton
Unicorn Girl by Anne-Marie Conway
Unicorn Girl
Author: Anne-Marie Conway

Category 4: Books for Teenagers
Amaskan's War by Raven Oak
Amaskan's War
Author: Raven Oak
Audio Distortion: Replay by Riley Morgan
Audio Distortion: Replay
Author: Riley Morgan
Awaken (Northern Witch #2) by Kelly S. Marsden
Awaken (Northern Witch #2)
Author: Kelly S. Marsden
Beyond The Screen Door by Julia Diana Robertson
Beyond The Screen Door
Author: Julia Diana Robertson
Blade's Edge by Virginia McClain
Blade's Edge
Author: Virginia McClain
Cecilia by Sandra L. Rostirolla
Cecilia
Author: Sandra L. Rostirolla
Chains Carried on Wings by Marina Ermakova
Chains Carried on Wings
Author: Marina Ermakova
Change of Chaos by Jacinta Jade
Change of Chaos
Author: Jacinta Jade
Daughter of Magic by Karen Eisenbrey
Daughter of Magic
Author: Karen Eisenbrey
Dust 2: A New World Order by S E Smith
Dust 2: A New World Order
Author: S E Smith
Fury Frayed by Melissa Haag
Fury Frayed
Author: Melissa Haag
Going Green by Heather S. Ransom
Going Green
Author: Heather S. Ransom

Category 5: Books for adults (fiction)

Category 6: Books for Adults (non-fiction)

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"Totally Unputdownable"
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