It’s 1950 and Mickey Tusslerthe now-famous pitching prodigy with autism and a golden armis back for another baseball season in this third installment of Frank Nappi’s critically acclaimed Legend of Mickey Tussler series. Talk of Mickey’s legendary exploits on the field has grown since his improbable debut two years prior, as have the fortunes of Murph and the rest of the lovable ragtag Brew Crew. Now Mickey, Murph, and Lester find themselves heading to Bean Town to play for the Boston Braves.
The call up is sweet, for all of them have overcome insurmountable odds to get where they are. But life in the major leagues is filled with fast-paced action both on and off the field. The bright lights of Boston hold a new series of challenges, hardships, and life lessonsespecially for Mickey, who finds himself a long way from throwing apples into a barrel back on the farm. The three newest Braves have each other to lean on, as well as a new group of fans who are swept away by pennant fever, but balancing everything this new world has to offer may prove to be the greatest challenge of all.
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I am a huge fan of author Frank Nappi... and of Mickey Tussler, his larger-than-life autistic, base-ball-playing dynamo who has become a living legend in the annals of baseball. Mickey is not only a super-hero to me but an inspiration to all those with autism and to all lovers of the great American sport, in general. I was hooked on Mickey Tussler in Nappi’s first book and the movie that followed, just as I was on the second, which became a movie too. Yep, they are THAT good. This series has everything: humor, pathos, heart-warming, heart-wrenching drama and a tender romance with Murph and his wife. "Welcome to the Show" is exciting reading that leaves one filled with hope, more knowledge about autism, and appreciative of Nappi’s writing skills. He brings Mickey to life in such a strong way that his readers fall in love with the lovable, at times confused kid. We care what happens to him... This third book is just as intriguing as the first...
In this third book of the Mickey Tussler series, Mickey now finds himself pitching in the major leagues for the Boston Braves. His manager (who is also now his stepfather) Arthur Murphy and catcher Lester are also employed by the 1950 Braves and the story of their adventures in the National League is the best of the three stories about the young autistic pitcher.
Nappi writes with flowing grace no matter which particular topic is being addressed. Whether it’s Mickey throwing his fastball with pinpoint accuracy, his budding romance with Jolene, the sister of a Braves teammate, or some of the poignant exchanges between Muphy and Molly, his wife and Mickey’s mother, the reader will be gripped in the emotions of the moment.
The reader will also feel a strong connection with the characters in this story. Of course, those who have read the previous two stories already have had that attachment with Mickey, Molly, Murph and Lester, but it continues with...
The third book in the Mickey Tussler series, “Welcome to the Show,” is in many ways the best of the three. Yes, the story is told in classic Frank Nappi style, with beautifully lyrical passages that entertain and captivate a reader while delivering very profound messages. The links between baseball and life are never so apparent as when one reads a Frank Nappi Tussler novel. The characters are also equally rich and artfully drawn, and the baseball action is just as authentic and riveting as always. But what elevates this latest novel in the Mickey Tussler saga above the others is the bold leap to the “Majors” that Mickey, Lester and Murph take, a leap that mirrors the courageous chance that Nappi takes by attempting to tackle a whole new challenge for the high functioning, autistic Mickey Tussler - love and romance. Nappi’s treatment of this delicate but very real aspect of life for an autistic “young adult” is both fair, accurate and...
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