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Finalists 2021

Below is a list of the 2021 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, 2022.

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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:

Cruel Summer by Bernard Jan
Cruel Summer
Author: Bernard Jan
Cover Designer: Dean Cole
Do You See the Giant? by Srividhya Lakshmanan
Do You See the Giant?
Author: Srividhya Lakshmanan
Cover Designer: Akansha Krishnan
Little Wade and Watchtower: Abigail and the Great Gang Trap by Sean March
Little Wade and Watchtower: Abigail and the Great Gang Trap
Author: Sean March
Cover Designer: Joe Ruiz
Magic of the Mortokai by D G Palmer
Magic of the Mortokai
Author: D G Palmer
Cover Designer: Polar Engine
Octavia Bloom and the Missing Key by  Estelle Grace Tudor
Octavia Bloom and the Missing Key
Author: Estelle Grace Tudor
Cover Designer: 100 Covers
Prickle the Puffer Fish by Gloria Barnett
Prickle the Puffer Fish
Author: Gloria Barnett
Cover Designer: Pam Clubb
Rory, Quest for the Northern Lights by Sarah Cullen, Carmen Ellis
Rory, Quest for the Northern Lights
Author: Sarah Cullen, Carmen Ellis
Cover Designer: Zuzana Svobodova
Space Toads on the Moon by S M J Rigstad
Space Toads on the Moon
Author: S M J Rigstad
Cover Designer: Luz Ferro
Spell Mason by Alex C. Vick
Spell Mason
Author: Alex C. Vick
Cover Designer: Christian Bentulan
Spinner by Michael J. Bowler
Author: Michael J. Bowler
Cover Designer: Streetlight Graphics
Taro by Blue Spruell
Author: Blue Spruell
Cover Designer: Miya Outlaw
Tea O’Clock by Atticus Ryder
Tea O’Clock
Author: Atticus Ryder
Tell Me Another Story Dad by Julie Hodgson
Tell Me Another Story Dad
Author: Julie Hodgson
Cover Designer: Irene Czusz
The Adventurers and the Continental Chase by Jemma Hatt
The Adventurers and the Continental Chase
Author: Jemma Hatt
Cover Designer: Andrew Smith
The Adventures of Bentley Hippo by Argyro Graphy
The Adventures of Bentley Hippo
Author: Argyro Graphy
Cover Designer: Michael Reyes
The Lovely Haze of Baby Days by Lindsay Kellar-Madsen
The Lovely Haze of Baby Days
Author: Lindsay Kellar-Madsen
Cover Designer: Mie Frey Damgaard
The Sigil Masters by Rick Duffy
The Sigil Masters
Author: Rick Duffy
Cover Designer: Damonza
The World Beyond the Walls by Jean Gill
The World Beyond the Walls
Author: Jean Gill
Cover Designer: Jessica Bell
The Young Adult’s Collection of Short Scary Stories by Michael Ross
The Young Adult’s Collection of Short Scary Stories
Author: Michael Ross
Cover Designer: Magdalena Adić
Through the Gate by Kay Jordan
Through the Gate
Author: Kay Jordan
Cover Designer: Fresh Design
Trouble at the Monster Zoo by Kristina Rowlands
Trouble at the Monster Zoo
Author: Kristina Rowlands
Cover Designer: Mia Lloyd
When The Sky Roars by Katie Weaver
When The Sky Roars
Author: Katie Weaver
Cover Designer: Katie Weaver

 Playing Soldier by F. Scott Service
Playing Soldier
Author: F. Scott Service
Cover Designer: F. Scott Service
Awakening the Gods by Kristin Gleeson
Awakening the Gods
Author: Kristin Gleeson
Cover Designer: Jane Dixon Smith
Barefoot Alice by Jan Porter
Barefoot Alice
Author: Jan Porter
Cover Designer: Rebecacovers
Deficiency by S C Eston
Author: S C Eston
Cover Designer: James T. Egan
Ever Rest, Roz Morris by Roz Morris
Ever Rest, Roz Morris
Author: Roz Morris
Cover Designer: Roz Morris
Fall of Two by Dixon Reuel
Fall of Two
Author: Dixon Reuel
Cover Designer: Natasha MacKenzie
From Steam to Salt by McKenzie Austin
From Steam to Salt
Author: McKenzie Austin
Cover Designer: Biserka Design
Glamorous by Denise Bossarte
Author: Denise Bossarte
Cover Designer: Bob2412 Book Cover Designs
Haunting in Old Tailem by Janice Tremayne
Haunting in Old Tailem
Author: Janice Tremayne
Cover Designer: Momir Borocki
Hell Holes by Donald Firesmith
Hell Holes
Author: Donald Firesmith
Cover Designer: Ellie Kay Bockert Augsburger
Hope in Liverpool by T N Traynor
Hope in Liverpool
Author: T N Traynor
Cover Designer: Maria Pagtalunan
How Icasia Bloom Touched Happiness by Jessica Bell
How Icasia Bloom Touched Happiness
Author: Jessica Bell
Cover Designer: Jessica Bell
Landscape of a Marriage by Gail Ward Olmsted
Landscape of a Marriage
Author: Gail Ward Olmsted
Cover Designer: David King
Love Among the Recipes by Carol M. Cram
Love Among the Recipes
Author: Carol M. Cram
Cover Designer: Bailey McGinn
Night Goddess by Araya Evermore
Night Goddess
Author: Araya Evermore
Cover Designer: Deranged Doctor Design
Only Sofia-Elisabete,  by Robin Elizabeth Kobayashi
Only Sofia-Elisabete,
Author: Robin Elizabeth Kobayashi
Cover Designer: Bruno Vergauwen
Ripley of Valor by Thoren Syndergaard
Ripley of Valor
Author: Thoren Syndergaard
Searching For Gatsby by Niki Danforth
Searching For Gatsby
Author: Niki Danforth
Sentinals Awaken by Helen Garraway
Sentinals Awaken
Author: Helen Garraway
Cover Designer: Jeff Brown Graphics
The Lost Valor of Love by E A Carter
The Lost Valor of Love
Author: E A Carter
Cover Designer: Debbie O'Byrne
The Strange Woman by Stephanie Shields
The Strange Woman
Author: Stephanie Shields
The Treasure of Lor-Rev by Bryan Asher
The Treasure of Lor-Rev
Author: Bryan Asher
Thriving After Sexual Abuse by Denise Bossarte
Thriving After Sexual Abuse
Author: Denise Bossarte
Cover Designer: Zelena
Throttle Up by John P Dentico
Throttle Up
Author: John P Dentico
Cover Designer: Todd Engel
Unfettered Journey by Gary F. Bengier
Unfettered Journey
Author: Gary F. Bengier
Woman,  by V P Evans
Author: V P Evans
Your Next Big Idea by Samuel Sanders
Your Next Big Idea
Author: Samuel Sanders
Cover Designer: David Miles

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