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Are you a die-hard baseball fan, who would do anything to get your hands on a truly amazing book?

Two baseball books by Frank Nappi can satisfy your needs. The books show a boy's love of baseball by telling the story of his baseball career. In fact, these books tell an inspirational story that can make you aspire to be a better person. So let's dive in.

The first book, "The Legend of Mickey Tussler," (Sky Pony Press) introduces the story. In the late 1940s, an autistic 17-year-old, Mickey Tussler, will be the solution to Arthur Murphy's problems. He is the manager of the minor league Milwaukee Brewers. However, because of Mickey's autism, many fans and players are skeptical. This book shows how one can overcome the differences in society and the challenges they face. This book not only tells the incredible baseball story of Mickey Tussler but also the powerful morals.

"Sophomore Campaign: A Mickey Tussler Novel" continues the baseball journey of now 18-year-old Mickey Tussler. After last season's nail-biting conclusion (which we cannot tell you!) Mickey does not want to play baseball. His manager guides him into giving baseball another chance, and when he succeeds, Mickey has to cope with all the hated feelings around him.

But, that's not it, folks. When an African-American player joins the team (in a time when that was not accepted), Mickey has to truly learn about the racial challenges and also keep up his performance.

These two books were phenomenal. They taught us to be kind to those who are different, and treat them the same. We also liked these books for the action. We are not die-hard baseball fans. Reading these books taught us some things about baseball and made us want to know more.

We love the way Nappi wrote the action. We could picture everything that was happening perfectly in our heads and the nail-biting suspense was amazing.


Guess that movie!

1. Who you gonna call?

2. May the odds be ever in your favor.

3. You new dum-dum. You give me gum-gum.

4. Stop blowing holes in my ship.

5. Do or do not, there is no try.

6. You're killin' me, Smalls.

7. I bet you ain't never seen a donkey fly.

8. Thief Baggins! Curse it and crush it. We hates it forever!

9. Good afternoon, my name is Russell, and I am a Wilderness explorer in Tribe 54, Sweat Lodge

10. To infinity and beyond.

-- ASHLEY FUCHS/Kidsday Reporter


Answers: 1) "Ghostbusters," 2) "The Hunger Games," 3) "Night at the Museum," 4) "Pirates of the Caribbean," 5) "Star Wars," 6) "The Sandlot," 7) "Shrek," 8) "Hobbit," 9) "Up," 10) "Toy Story"


CLASS OF THE WEEK Catherine Duffy's seventh-grade English class, R.C. MURPHY JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, Stony Brook

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