Thursday, February 19, 2009

Mickey cusslerFrank Nappi's The Legend of Mickey Tussler from St. Martin's Press: Baseball Novel with an Asperger's Curveball!

Leave a comment, and you'll be on deck to win! Frank was kind enough to tell us about his book:

Imagine what would happen if God combined the baseball prowess of Roy Hobbs from The Natural and the unique temperment and aspergers of Christopher Boone from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. This fictional experiment is the inspiration behind my novel, The Legend of Mickey Tussler, a story that chronicles the rise of 17 year old Mickey Tussler to local baseball stardom, despite his aspergers and a vocal faction of heartless critics.

The book, which highlights the remarkable achievements of this special young man, has been celebrated by many parents of autistic children as a "victory for special needs kids everywhere," for it portrays the boundless possibilities of these amazing individuals while indicting those ignorant people who would still like to ignore their very existence.

The book has done much to promote autism awareness, and it is my sincere hope that this awareness will engender understanding, and ultimately tolerance and acceptance. It is this idea that sparked the interest of Eye in the Sky Entertainment, a production company in LA that has just completed a screenplay based on the book. Look for The Legend of Mickey Tussler on or and visit my site at Each sale will allow me to continue to donate money and books to various autism groups. Happy reading!

Frank Nappi is a teacher/coach for twenty years at Oceanside High School. Mickey Tussler is his second novel. His website is


Maddy said...

Well how could I resist such an invitation. I'm always looking for positive news and that looks like just the ticket.

K Fuller said...

I entered on AoA earlier. If it is not double entering, please enter my name.

Amanda said...

Hmmm yet another good book to get my hands on - housework can wait!

Kim Stagliano said...

K Fuller you double dipper! (Very enterprising!) I was just talking to a friend who was reading, Al Capone Does My Shirts - a YA book that takes place in the 1930s on Alcatraz while Al Capone was there. The young boy narrator has an older sister with what is surely Autism - although not called as such I don't believe. Fiction is a wonderful way to express a message of hope and acceptance without ever having to get maudlin - which is a pitfall of non-fic. Maddy, please spread the word - I'd dearly like this book to do well. Even just blog the title and create your own post as I know mnany folks will fear their weewees might fall off if they comment over here in "Curebieville." ;)

Cheers back at you!