WINNERS OF THE 2016 WISHING SHELF AWARDS


Below is a list of the 2016 WINNERS 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.

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
GOLD: Piccadilly and the Waltzing Wind, Lisa Anne Novelline
GOLD: The Amazing Adventures of Melissa Bee, Aimée Lissantheia

SILVER: How Popcorn the Bear Found His Name! Debbie Howard
SILVER: Zak and Jen's Astronomical Adventures: The Petal Planet, Natalie Fairbank

BRONZE: A Fish in Foreign Waters, A Book for Bilingual Children, Laura Caputo-Wickham and Pamela Goodman
BRONZE: Popcorn the Bear & Biscuit's Odd Ears! Debbie Howard
BRONZE: The Number Story 1 / The Number Story 2, Miss Anna


CATEGORY 2 books for 6 – 8 Year Olds
GOLD: Nickerbacher, Terry John Barto

SILVER: Simon Cup's Box, A. B. Syed
SILVER: Weeds in Nana's Garden, Kathryn Harrison

BRONZE: Atalanta, Simon Spence, Colm Lawton
BRONZE: Finnigan the Circus Cat, Mary Wagner
BRONZE: The Lonely Little Bumbershoot, by Jeff Edwards and Brenda Edwards, Brise Birdsong (Illustrator)


CATEGORY 3 books for 9 – 12 Year Olds
GOLD: The Beat on Ruby's Street, Jenna Zark

SILVER: The Cats Who Crossed Over From Paris, R F Kristi
SILVER: Crime Cats: Missing, Wolfgang Parker

BRONZE: My Last Summer on the Moon, Sung-Jin Kang
BRONZE: Jodie and the Library Card, Julie Hodgson
BRONZE: My Aunt Manya, José Patterson

CATEGORY 4 books for Teenagers
GOLD: Dust: Before and After, S E Smith
GOLD: Legacy, Ellery A Kane

SILVER: Resist: Book Two of the Resistance Series, Tracy Lawson
SILVER: XODUS, K.J. McPike

BRONZE: The Grid 1: Fall of Justice, Paul Teague
BRONZE: Life After the Undead, Pembroke Sinclair
BRONZE: UnBlessed, Crystin Goodwin

CATEGORY 5 books for Adults (Fiction)
GOLD: Waking the Merrow, Heather Rigney

SILVER: Blood Dragons, Rosemary A Johns
SILVER: Hemingway, Three Angels, and Me, Jerome Mark Antil

BRONZE: Toru: Wayfarer Returns, Stephanie R. Sorensen
BRONZE: The Body on the Barstool (A Top Shelf Mystery), Lolli Powell
BRONZE: Circled, Anne McAneny

CATEGORY 6 books for Adults (Non-Fiction)
GOLD: Cruising the Mediterranean, Sunny & Al Lockwood

SILVER: Into Africa with 3 Kids, 13 Crates and a Husband, Ann Patras
SILVER: Part of the Family, Christadelphians, the Kindertransport, and Rescue from the Holocaust, Jason Hensley

BRONZE: Fire-Floats and Fireboats, David C Pike
BRONZE: Valley Speak: Deciphering the Jargon of Silicon Valley, Rochelle Kopp
BRONZE: Maternity Leavers: what to do about work now you're a mum, Soozi Baggs

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CLASSICS
Encouraging kids to read them.
"Totally Unputdownable"
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Escape from Nettle Farm
‘Written well, paced perfectly
to keep young readers engaged’
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Poetry, flash & short story
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Absence by J.B. Forsyth
’Superbly plotted fantasy.’
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The Adventures of Fawn Book 1
"Should be made into a film"
"A great read for any age"
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The Ride of Doom
A wonderfully fun, exciting
magical adventure.
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Uncle Matty Matt’s Bistro
Uncle Matty and the Piggies
cook up a delicious surprise.
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The Candy Judge 
**** ’Fun, educational...
beautifully illustrated...’
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Lucy Finds a Home
An adorable, sweet book
that children will love!
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