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Age of Autism Contest: Frank Nappi's The Legend of Mickey Tussler

Mickey cussler

WINNER: ANGELO NATOLI! The contest is closed as of 2/26/09. You can buy a copy at Amazon. We'll have another contest on Sunday. Hint, toilet training!

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



This looks great. I ordered a copy as a gift to a friend who I can count on to loan it back to me...

I don't have baseball in my blood but I've caught a glimpse of the wholesome roots of the sport from watching a few Cape League games. Unfortunately my child on the spectrum's first words will almost certainly be “no more baseball”, but that's ok. We've tried it just to try new things. You never know what will work.

David Donch

I'd be elated if I could win a copy of this book. I've known about it for quite some time but haven't had sufficient opportunity to buy it due the difficult demands of our economic crisis.

I'm confident that I'd enjoy it, but I'd especially like for my son Nathaniel to read it. He's shown a strong interest in reading lately, and I think the story might help him because he's an accomplished starting pitcher for his high school baseball team and intends to pitch in college. Since Nathaniel, too, is a highly talented baseball pitcher who's autistic (like Mickey Tussler) I'm hoping that this story could help him in certain ways.

Please consider us for entry into your contest. Thanks.


David Donch

Mike Limmer

I already read the book! Well worth it. Frank Nappi is a great guy, and a fabulous author.

D Welsh

Loved the book!

jennifer larson

My husband and two sons would love this book. He (my husband) is just starting to get a chance to play ball with his boys, and and it has helped them all very much. Thank you for a chance to win.

Maryann DellaRocco

I would be excited to win this book. Thanks for offering me a chance.

Marilyn Witt

Sounds like a great book. So many people involved in Challenger Baseball would really appreciate this sort of story. Can't wait to read it.


Very exciting! Sounds great!

Jennifer Brannick

Baseball and autism? What an idea. Sounds great! I am in!

Frank Nappi

Thanks to Linda, and to all of you, for your interest. Many parents of autistic children who want to get involved in sports, especially baseball, have found the book to be most inspirational. For those who are looking for programs which will cater to your special needs child, Challenger Baseball is a wonderful experience. I have had the good fortune of working with many of these kids in this setting, and it is nothing short of amazing. Truly. Good luck to all!


I always look forward to a new book on the subject of autism. I have read every one I have ever come across and each one gives me renewed hope and strength to continue. This one sounds like a real winner;)

Maureen Messersmith

What a wonderful idea for a book, i just signed my 8 year ASD son up for baseball today, but his 12 year old Asperger brother just wants to help and not play. Thanks!! Can't wait to read it.

Alison Davis

I'd like to own a copy of this book to share with my family. I'm in!

Laura Cox

My son loves basebal1!


GREAT FANTIST can,t wait to read it beacuse my son mikel daddy wanted a boy so bad & was not happy that mikel has austim he has nothing to do with him he even said to my 2nd son his step-son that he has tried to love mikel but just can,t beacuse my son got on him for being as he is toward mikel so he was saing he was sorry but he just could not love him as he shpuld so i,ll be happy that the book might show him mikel might become more of what he wanted in a son instead of just wanting to send him away & calling him retarted so i think you for this book, linda.

Angelo Natoli

Thanks. This is awesome. What an idea.


Baseball and ASD? DH and I will both enjoy it!


Sign me up.

chantal Sicile-Kira

Sounds like a great book! I want in to win!!


This reminds me of the story of Clay Marzo.

Check it out at

Clay surfed with kids at last year's Malibu Surfers Healing.

Robin Nemeth

Count me in too

K Fuller Yuba city

Count me in. We all need ways to keep our spirits up!


Count me in...

Maurine Meleck

I could use a win. We could all use a win.
Maurine Meleck

Holly M.

Hope I win. I could use a pick-me-up.


This one is actually for my husband...he has always wondered "if" Riley, his one and only son, would ever be able to paly baseball and football. He now knows it's a possibility. Riley is getting better everyday. Thank you for adding me.

Diane Frioni

Sounds like a great book. I'd love to win!

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