Friday, February 22, 2013


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Goddess Fish Promotions is organizing a Virtual REVIEW ONLY Tour for The Legend of Mickey Tussler (304 pages) and/or Sophomore Campaign (280 pages) by Frank Nappi, historical novels available now. The Legend of Mickey Tussler is the basis for the TV movie A Mile in His Shoes(2011). The tour will run April 15-26 and the books are available in PDF format or in print, upon request. Hosts may choose to review either or both.  EDITED TO ADD:  This tour has been amended.  In lieu of reviewing, hosts may either choose to post an interview, a guest blog, or a promo post.

Frank will be awarding a $50 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.  Congratulations to JBandy, the winner of the Amazon gift card.

In the late 1940s, the minor league Milwaukee Brewers are foundering yet again and manager Arthur Murphy is desperate. When he sees seventeen-year old Mickey Tussler throwing apples into a barrel, he knows he has found the next pitching phenom. But not everyone is so hopeful. Mickey’s autism—a disorder still not truly understood even today—has alienated the boy from the world, and he is berated by other players and fans. Mickey faces immense trials in the harsh and competitive world of baseball while coping with the challenges inherent to his disorder. An honest and knowledgeable book about overcoming adversity, and the basis for the television movie A Mile in His Shoes, Mickey’s powerful story shows that with support and determination anyone can be triumphant, even when the odds are stacked against him.

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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