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Sophomore Campaign: A Mickey Tussler Novel [Kindle Edition]

Frank Nappi
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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


"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               

From the Inside Flap

"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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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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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3 of 3 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
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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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as Good as the First Book
Sophomore Campaign is the wonderful sequel to Frank Nappi's groundbreaking novel The Legend of Mickey Tussler. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Felicia Leto
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing continuation of spectacular story
on of a Spectacular Story

In the sequel to "The Legend of Mickey Tussler," author Frank Nappi gives readers more of the same exciting baseball action and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Diblasio
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me love Mickey all over again
When Mickey Tussler proclaims that he will never play baseball again at the end of book one, it looks as though coach Arthur Murphy is out of luck - and a job! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lisa Saracino
5.0 out of 5 stars Just keeps getting better
Book Two of the Mickey Tussler series continues the saga of a young autistic pitcher and his struggle to understand the human condition. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nicole Saracino
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sequel This is one of those instances where the ...
Excellent Sequel

This is one of those instances where the sequel to the original story is just as good if not better than the first one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JO
5.0 out of 5 stars Nappi Continues To Impress
The baseball action in Sophomore Campaign heats up even more as Mickey Tussler returns for yet another season with the Brew Crew. Read more
Published 2 months ago by peter koster
5.0 out of 5 stars Just As Good As Book One!
Sophomore Campaign is a very exciting, entertaining continuation of the original story, “The Legend of Mickey Tussler. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brad
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
As a fan of baseball growing up I was immediately drawn to this book. Growing up in New England I normally route for the Red Sox, but my in-laws are from Wisconsin and love the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As the First Book--Not a Disappointment
This is the second book in the series, and I remember how the first book was surprisingly good. I say that because I don't like baseball, and it takes an amazing author to get me... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ruth A. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Meaningful
Arthur Murphy and Michael James Tussler, "Mickey," are certainly lucky that their paths cross one day in 1948. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Karen
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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 his first 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 and his next thriller, FLIRTING WITH DISASTER. He lives on Long Island with his wife Julia and their two sons, Nicholas and Anthony.

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