When his car breaks down in during a routing scouting trip, Milwaukee Brewer's coach Arthur Murphy never expected to stumble upon an autistic, seventeen year old pitching phoneme. Nor could "Murph" have imagined that introducing young Mickey Tussler to the world of minor league baseball would spur his losing team into a heated race for the playoffs the Brewer's number one rival, the Spokane Rangers. Despite his team's drive to glory though, Mickey remains an outsider; a fragile soul, locked inside a world that most people can't even recognize, let alone understand. What price will Mickey have to pay in order to become a legend?
THE LEGEND OF MICKEY TUSSLER is an intense, complex, nuanced study of the post-WWII minor league microcosm. Frank Nappi does an excellent job delving inside his characters' heads whether he's detailing Murphy's desolation, star pitcher George "Lefty" Rogers' arrogant bravado, catcher Raymond "Boxcar" Danvers' stoic endurance, or the unspeakable affliction and difficulty an autistic youth like Mickey must have faced. A steadily paced, first-rate work of fiction, whether you're a baseball lover or not--this is a novel you can't pass up.
Originally posted at TeensReadToo.com