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  • The kids book of Canada's railway
    The kids book of Canada's railway
  • The phantom tollbooth
    The phantom tollbooth
  • The maze runner
    The maze runner
  • Allegiant
    Allegiant
  • Midnight in Austenland
    Midnight in Austenland
  • Cross country
    Cross country
  • What the dormouse said
    What the dormouse said
  • Peace, Love and cupcakes
    Peace, Love and cupcakes
  • Winner bakes all
    Winner bakes all
  • Wei xian xiao jing
    Wei xian xiao jing
  • The vampire diaries.
    The vampire diaries.
  • Wonder
    Wonder
  • Harry Potter and the goblet of fire
    Harry Potter and the goblet of fire
  • Snowpiercer.
    Snowpiercer.
  • The Testing
    The Testing
  • Girls standing on lawns
    Girls standing on lawns
  • The six-gun tarot
    The six-gun tarot
  • Thea Stilton and the chocolate sabotage
    Thea Stilton and the chocolate sabotage
  • The best of McSweeney's
    The best of McSweeney's
  • The golem and the jinni
    The golem and the jinni
  • This is the story of a happy marriage
    This is the story of a happy marriage
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  • Blowin' in the wind
    Blowin' in the wind
  • Forbidden
    Forbidden
  • Catwings
    Catwings
  • Tree girl
    Tree girl
  • The big wet balloon
    The big wet balloon
  • Benny and Penny in Lost and found
    Benny and Penny in Lost and found
  • Redwood Bend
    Redwood Bend
  • My kind of Christmas
    My kind of Christmas
  • The dragon in the sock drawer
    The dragon in the sock drawer
  • At home
    At home
  • Once upon a time.
    Once upon a time.
  • World War II
    World War II
  • Fall of Singapore
    Fall of Singapore
  • Warfare in the 16th to 19th centuries
    Warfare in the 16th to 19th centuries
  • The red badge of courage
    The red badge of courage
  • Wonder
    Wonder
  • The War of 1812
    The War of 1812
  • The sword-edged blonde
    The sword-edged blonde
  • The surgeon
    The surgeon
  • The scarlet letter
    The scarlet letter
  • Patriots
    Patriots
  • The luckiest lady in London
    The luckiest lady in London
  • Jurassic Park
    Jurassic Park
  • The Joy Luck Club
    The Joy Luck Club
  • Incidents in the life of a slave girl
    Incidents in the life of a slave girl
  • In fury born
    In fury born
  • F5
    F5
  • The eye of the world
    The eye of the world
  • Eats, shoots & leaves
    Eats, shoots & leaves
  • Compromised
    Compromised
  • Complete stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe.
    Complete stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe.
  • The big bang theory.
    The big bang theory.
  • Friends.
    Friends.
  • House of cards.
    House of cards.
  • Castle.
    Castle.
  • My fair lady
    My fair lady
  • CASTLE - THE COMPLETE 1ST SEASON
    CASTLE - THE COMPLETE 1ST SEASON
  • The first escape
    The first escape
  • Judy Moody and the bad luck charm
    Judy Moody and the bad luck charm
  • Stink
    Stink
  • The amazing voyage
    The amazing voyage
  • Big Nate strikes again
    Big Nate strikes again
  • Lunch lady and the cyborg substitute
    Lunch lady and the cyborg substitute
  • Snakes are hunters
    Snakes are hunters
  • Walking tours of Boston's made land
    Walking tours of Boston's made land
  • Big Nate.
    Big Nate.
  • The Rithmatist
    The Rithmatist
  • Prodigy
    Prodigy
  • Accidentally fabulous
    Accidentally fabulous
  • Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's travels
    Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's travels
  • Ice dogs
    Ice dogs
  • Drama queen
    Drama queen
  • The Fran that time forgot
    The Fran that time forgot
  • Dear dumb diary
    Dear dumb diary
  • City of lost souls
    City of lost souls
  • Incarceron
    Incarceron
  • The giver
    The giver
  • Maisie Dobbs
    Maisie Dobbs
  • Harry Potter and the deathly hallows (Year #7
    Harry Potter and the deathly hallows (Year #7
  • The loop
    The loop
  • Burned
    Burned
  • Trials of Kate Hope
    Trials of Kate Hope
  • Kristy's great idea
    Kristy's great idea
  • Sisters
    Sisters
  • Somebody up there hates you
    Somebody up there hates you
  • City of bones.
    City of bones.
  • Pokémon.
    Pokémon.
  • The 39 clues.
    The 39 clues.
  • Deadly little voices
    Deadly little voices
  • The quiet season
    The quiet season
  • Alex & me
    Alex & me
  • Charming Billy
    Charming Billy
  • Child of my heart
    Child of my heart
  • Cathedral
    Cathedral
  • Personal
    Personal
  • Natchez burning
    Natchez burning
  • A song for Bijou
    A song for Bijou
  • The eleventh plague
    The eleventh plague
  • Gregor and code of claw
    Gregor and code of claw
  • Your goats
    Your goats
  • The illustrated Cider with Rosie
    The illustrated Cider with Rosie
  • The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy
    The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy
  • Interrupting chicken
    Interrupting chicken
  • Weapons, gear, and uniforms of World War I
    Weapons, gear, and uniforms of World War I
  • Smile
    Smile
  • Spy vs. spy omnibus
    Spy vs. spy omnibus
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians
    Percy Jackson and the Olympians
  • Pillars of the earth.
    Pillars of the earth.
  • The Nightmare affair
    The Nightmare affair
  • The eighty-dollar champion
    The eighty-dollar champion
  • Palace council
    Palace council
  • The lying game.
    The lying game.
  • Lies
    Lies
  • The secret life of bees
    The secret life of bees
  • The crying of lot 49
    The crying of lot 49
  • The kitchen house
    The kitchen house
  • All the light we cannot see
    All the light we cannot see
  • Jackpot
    Jackpot
  • The last gentleman
    The last gentleman
  • David and Goliath
    David and Goliath
  • Lupica, Mike.
    Lupica, Mike.
  • Champion
    Champion
  • Jumping off swings
    Jumping off swings
  • Flesh & bone
    Flesh & bone
  • Fire & ash
    Fire & ash
  • The Devil's intern
    The Devil's intern
  • Royal ranger
    Royal ranger
  • The rise of nine
    The rise of nine
  • Cardcaptor Sakura.
    Cardcaptor Sakura.
  • Openly straight
    Openly straight
  • The one that I want
    The one that I want
  • Nocturnal
    Nocturnal
  • Rot & ruin.
    Rot & ruin.
  • The most magnificent thing
    The most magnificent thing
  • The mysterious Benedict Society and the perilous journey
    The mysterious Benedict Society and the perilous journey
  • Bridge of scarlet leaves
    Bridge of scarlet leaves
  • Nineteen eighty-four
    Nineteen eighty-four
  • The book of wizard craft
    The book of wizard craft
  • The Kingdom of Fantasy
    The Kingdom of Fantasy
  • The call
    The call
  • The skeleton box
    The skeleton box
  • Champion
    Champion
  • My big fat zombie goldfish
    My big fat zombie goldfish
  • Orphan train
    Orphan train
  • American paradise
    American paradise
  • Snazaroo zoo
    Snazaroo zoo
  • The Usborne book of face painting
    The Usborne book of face painting
  • Five-minute faces
    Five-minute faces
  • Stuart Little
    Stuart Little
  • The race underground
    The race underground
  • Public enemy
    Public enemy
  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are dead
    Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are dead
  • Thinking, fast and slow
    Thinking, fast and slow
  • Good morning, Vietnam
    Good morning, Vietnam
  • The Corsican caper
    The Corsican caper
  • The tempest
    The tempest
  • Blood red
    Blood red
  • No more diapers for Ducky
    No more diapers for Ducky
  • Who's that scratching at my door
    Who's that scratching at my door
  • Higher! higher
    Higher! higher
  • The mouse with the question mark tail
    The mouse with the question mark tail
  • Bundle of trouble
    Bundle of trouble
  • Sassy
    Sassy
  • New decorating book
    New decorating book
  • Julie & Julia
    Julie & Julia
  • Looking for Alaska
    Looking for Alaska
  • Torn to pieces
    Torn to pieces
  • Forgive me, Leonard Peacock
    Forgive me, Leonard Peacock
  • Confessions of a murder suspect
    Confessions of a murder suspect
  • Stormbreaker
    Stormbreaker
  • Fablehaven
    Fablehaven
  • Ender's shadow
    Ender's shadow
  • The demigod diaries
    The demigod diaries
  • Looking for Alaska
    Looking for Alaska
  • Jellicoe Road
    Jellicoe Road
  • Before I die
    Before I die
  • Kissing Kate
    Kissing Kate
  • Don't turn around
    Don't turn around
  • Xenocide
    Xenocide
  • Magisterium
    Magisterium
  • The Naturals
    The Naturals
  • Soldier dog
    Soldier dog
  • The Stinky Cheese Man and other fairly stupid tales
    The Stinky Cheese Man and other fairly stupid tales
  • What is the Awesome Box?

    It's an alternate returns box that sits alongside your library's regular book drop.

    If you are returning an item that you really connected with, drop it in the Awesome Box instead of the regular book drop. Library staff will tag it as Awesome and share it with your library community.

    We can get your Awesome Box online

    An account with us allows you to share items on the Web.

    • Web hosting for your Awesome Page
    • A widget for your library to plug into its website
    • An RSS Feed
    • Automatic Tweeting of awesome items
    • An API for displaying items in any way you want

    Your library chooses the pieces that work best.

    It is easy to get Awesome

    You create a physical box and determine how the Awesome Box will fit into your library. We provide you with ways to get started including a nice sign kit and other promotional materials.

    The details are up to your library and we're here to help.

    Many awesome libraries

    There are currently 310 Awesome Boxes in the United States. They're in public libraries, school libraries, and academic libraries.

    Awesome Network

    When we mix our Awesome data together we leverage the power of the Awesome Network to get things like top 10 lists.

    Of all the items dropped in all of the Awesome Boxes, these are the most awesome of all.

    CURRENT RANK TITLES NUMBER AWESOMES
    1The fault in our stars58
    2Divergent48
    3Diary of a Wimpy Kid42
    4Gone girl41
    5Wonder40
    6The invention of wings39
    7The book thief35
    8Eleanor & Park33
    9Smile29
    10The goldfinch29
    CURRENT RANK AUTHORS NUMBER AWESOMES
    1Riordan, Rick.141
    2Patterson, James138
    3Willems, Mo.98
    4Rowling, J. K.97
    5Hunter, Erin.94
    6Green, John91
    7Osborne, Mary Pope.88
    8Collins, Suzanne.75
    9King, Stephen63
    10Kinney, Jeff.62

    Free to all

    Like the greatest public libraries, the Awesome Box is free to all.

    We are generously supported by the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, the Harvard Library Lab, and the Arcadia Fund.

    Contact us at info@awesomebox.io



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