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Sophomore Campaign: A Mickey Tussler Novel [Kindle Edition]

Frank Nappi
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It’s 1949 and eighteen-year-old pitching phenom Mickey Tussler is back with the rejuvenated minor league Brewers in the sequel to The Legend of Mickey Tussler (the basis for the television movie A Mile in His Shoes). Despite Mickey’s proclamation that he will never play baseball again after last season’s violent conclusion, his manager—and now surrogate father—Arthur Murphy cajoles the emotionally fragile, socially awkward boy with autism into giving it another shot. Mickey reluctantly returns to the field and must once again cope with the violence and hatred around him. When a young African American player joins the team, the entire team is subjected to racial threats and episodes of violence, one of which Mickey witnesses firsthand. Struggling to understand such ugliness and hatred, and fearful of reprisal should he tell anyone about what he has seen, the boy’s performance on the field suffers. Mickey now must deal with a side of human nature he scarcely comprehends.


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"Yet another brilliant baseball tale by a first-rate storyteller. The ongoing sage of Mickey Tussler will speak powerfully to young readers as well as anyone of any age who truly loves our national pastime."
- Howie Rose, WFAN Sports Radio

            
"Remarkable. The very best in today's baseball fiction just got a little better."
 -Don Williams, retired sports columnist, Newark Star Ledger               

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"A moving story about an exceptional boy with uncommon athletic ability. This novel harkens back to the days when baseball was King." - Chris Platt, award winning YA author

"Remarkable. The very best in today's baseball fiction just got a little better."
 -Don Williams, retired sports columnist, Newark Star Ledger              

Product Details

  • File Size: 383 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Sky Pony Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NLRWBY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #819,364 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I have been a huge fan of author Frank Nappi since I read his debut novel, the award-winning Echoes from the Infantry: A Novel in 2005. My faith in his great potential was rewarded; since then he has written The Legend of Mickey Tussler: A Novel which was released as a film last September and is now a DVD. Movie title is "A Mile in His Shoes," starring Dean Cain and Luke Schroder.

And now Nappi has penned Sophomore Campaign: A Mickey Tussler Novel, the exciting sequel which is also slated for film.

Sophomore Campaign picks up where "Mickey Tussler" left off, with Mickey, the autistic young baseball player, and Arthur Murphy, the coach who discovers him, entering another season of minor league baseball for the beloved Milwaukee Brewers.

Mickey's mother Molly finally leaves his abusive father and they move in with Murph who is very good to them, nurturing them in all ways. He becomes a surrogate father to Mickey, while Molly and Murph develop feelings for each other, but agree to keep it platonic.

After last season's violent conclusion, Molly is reluctant for Mickey to play again this year; she fears their main rival team might get violent again, damaging her son's spirit beyond repair.

With a wicked pitching arm, Mickey has become the team's most valuable asset and is idolized by baseball fans all over. When in the game, he overcomes his social awkwardness and mental fragility, and due to Murph's tender, loving care, he certainly learns all about baseball.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great baseball lover for NONbaseball fans January 8, 2014
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Sophmore Campaign by Frank Nappi took me completely by surprise. I am not a baseball fan by any means but I was able to relate to the story in many ways. Being born in Wisconsin and having parents who talked about Robin Yount and Paul Molitor, I was thrilled to discover that the novel focused on the Milwaukee Brewers. This in and of itself drew me into the story despite its baseball focus. I was thrilled as I read more and realized that one of the main character Mickey Tussler was exhibiting symptoms of autism. With a background in Special Education and a lot of experience working with Autistic children and adults, I genuinely enjoy working with and learning about individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Two points of connection already had me won over, but as a read further and I saw the story take on the topic of segregation during the 1940’s and the struggle to concur it I knew that the book would be outstanding.

I enjoyed this story so much that I read it in less than a day. I couldn’t put it down. Thank you Frank Nappi for drawing me into your world. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can’t wait to read another one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No challenge too great for Frank Nappi's gifts January 7, 2014
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Now and then along comes an author whose ability to connect with a reader's mind creates a bond that is lasting. So it is with the very fine American author Frank Nappi. This reader was deeply touched by Nappi's 2005 debut novel ECHOES FROM THE INFANTRY, and when his next book was released, THE LEGEND OF MICKEY TUSSLER, the following review resulted: `Not being a baseball fan or even knowing much about the game or the cheering throngs who have made the sport part of the definition of 'America', this reader approached this novel with some hesitation, believing that if Frank Nappi could write so powerfully in ECHOES FROM THE INFANTRY, then surely this book deserves reading. And, once again, Frank Nappi has demonstrated his polished skills as a writer. Yes, the story is about baseball with all the excitement, romance, and obsession that sport engenders, but it is so much more. This story is about overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds of physical afflictions that will serve as a comforting and challenging guide to readers familiar with those struggling with autism among other differences.' That book went on to become a much-loved film and now there is a `sequel' (and hopefully even more books to follow this one).

SOPHOMORE CAMPAIGN opens where the previous Tussler book left off - Arthur Murphy is devastated about the loss of the last game of his Milwaukee Brewers with the Rangers, a loss he attributes to the unfortunate turn of events in Mickey Tussler's life. Murphy had devoted his life to bringing the autistic Tussler to a role of success as a pitcher, and he is determined to place the emotionally injured Tussler back into the game.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Milwaukee Brewer Fans Will Enjoy This January 16, 2014
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This is Frank Nappi's second novel featuring Mickey Tussler. This is the continuance from the introductory novel "The Legend of Mickey Tussler: A Novel. In the first we meet Mickey, an autistic kid with a mean pitching arm. He is discovered by Arthur Murphy a baseball coach. He Plays for the Milwaukee Brewers (circa 1940's)a minor league team. He has become a fan favorite and the city has galvanized around him. The first book ended with a horrible amount of violence from a rival team that left Mickey shaken and his mom unsure whether to let him play again.

Molly, Mickey's mom is a battered wife and his dad doesn't much care for him. The coach becomes a father figure to him and as a result he also begins to develop feeling for his mother. In this novel we see that relationship develop. Trouble starts up right away as the rival teams picture is still having trouble accepting he was out pitched by a (retard) 1940's vernacular for the mentally challenged. When Coach Murphy hires a Negro for team everything explodes. Mickey doesn't understand the hatred and violence.

If you want a whitewashed version of life in America during that time period this is not the book for you. Frank Nappi gives us a cold hard look at where we came from and it is not pretty. Prejudice abounded and not just against Blacks it was aimed at anyone with a disability. We were a country of intolerances. In order to find out what happens to Mickey, Molly, Coach and the young Negro ballplayer, you will just have to buy the book. You will be engrossed in this book so deep that you will not want to put it down.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Sophomore campaigne completley met my expectations I had after reading the first novel, The Legend of Mikey Tussler. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amanda Gold
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sequel
The amazing Mickey Tussler is back again for more action on and off the field. Only this time there are a whole new set of challenges and issues he must face. Read more
Published 2 months ago by beth vardaro
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Home Run!!!
Another Home Run for Frank Nappi with "The Sophomore Campaign". Frank transports us to the late 40’s and continues the Mickey Tussler saga. I loved it and you will too. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gary M. MCDONALD
4.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Story about an Autistic Baseball Player.
Mickey Tussler is back and better than before in sophomore campaign. This novel shares many of the excellent qualities of the first novel and expands them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Mickey!
Mickey Tussler's journey is a special one not only because he is an exceptional baseball player but because every step of it is seen through the eyes of one with Asperger's. Read more
Published 2 months ago by helen
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding book
I love to read; and I am attracted to books that are an author's first.

After I read Frank Nappi's first book, "Echoes From The Infantry", I thought , what a superb... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Linda Belfield
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE SEQUEL !!!!!
As I wrote in my review of the first book in the series, the writing style of this author is second to none. The scenes are rich and very vivid. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rosanna Palette
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding second book in the series
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In this second installment of the Mickey Tussler series, Mickey is coming back to the minor league Milwaukee Brewers... Read more
Published 6 months ago by LSmith
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As The First Tussler Book
“Sophomore Campaign” is a terrific sequel to “The Legend of Mickey Tussler.” All of the appeal of the first book in the series is here and so much more. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Maron
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Masterful Work
Often times, the word sequel is synonymous with disappointment. Many authors, in trying to replicate the magic of an original work, end up producing something that is merely a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sandra Pollack
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More About the Author

Frank Nappi has taught high school English and Creative Writing for over twenty years. His debut novel, Echoes From The Infantry, received national attention, including MWSA's silver medal for outstanding fiction. His follow-up novel, The Legend of Mickey Tussler, garnered rave reviews as well, including a movie adaptation of the touching story "A Mile in His Shoes" starring Dean Cain and Luke Schroder. Frank continues to produce quality work, including Sophomore Campaign, the intriguing sequel to the much heralded original story and the thriller, NOBODY HAS TO KNOW, which received an endorsement from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille. Frank is presently at work on a third installment of his Mickey Tussler series, WELCOME TO THE SHOW, which is due out in the spring of 2016, as well as his next thriller, AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE. He lives on Long Island with his wife Julia and their two sons, Nicholas and Anthony.

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