My Orange Duffel Bag

A Journey to Radical Change

By Sam Bracken; Echo Garrett
(Crown Archetype, Hardcover, 9780307984883, 203pp.)

Publication Date: June 12, 2012

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Abandoned at age 15, Sam Bracken battled homelessness, poverty, and abuse to successfully earn a full-ride football scholarship to the Georgia Institute of Technology. When he left for college, everything he owned fit in an orange duffel bag. Now, in this award-winning illustrated memoir and road map to personal transformation, Sam
shares his story as well as everything he’s learned about overcoming the odds and radically changing his life so that you can create positive, lasting change of your own. With My Orange Duffel Bag, you’ll have the inspiration, motivation, and tools to realize your potential and achieve your dreams.

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My Orange Duffel Bag Award Highlights: 
2011 Outstanding Book of the Year in Young Adult/Children's from the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the first self-published book in the organization's 60-year history to win an award.
2011 Merit Award for Editorial Design from HOW Magazine
2011 Benjamin Franklin Book Award Silver Medalist in both Self Help and Juvenile/Young Adult Nonfiction categories from the Independent Book Publishers Association
2011 IPPY Gold Medal from Independent Publishers Book Awards for Most Outstanding Design out of 4,000 entries from 14 countries
2011 National Indie Excellence Book Awards Winner in these two categories: New Non-Fiction and Young Adult Non-Fiction

About the Author
Homeless at age fifteen, Sam Bracken graduated near the top of his Las Vegas high school class, landing a football scholarship to the Georgia Institute of Technology. On his arrival there, everything he owned fit in a duffel bag, hence the title of his renowned graphic mini-memoir, My Orange Duffel Bag. Sam lives with his wife and four children in Utah, where he serves as global director of media for FranklinCovey and leader of the Orange Duffel Bag Foundation, a nonprofit for rescuing at-risk youth.

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