Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty

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Lee & Low Books, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 94 pages
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Eleven-year old Roger is trying to make sense of his classmate Robert "Yummy" Sandifer's death, but first he has to make sense of Yummy's life. Yummy could be as tough as a pit bull sometimes. Other times he was as sweet as the sugary treats he loved to eat. Was Yummy some sort of monster, or just another kid? As Roger searches for the truth, he finds more and more questions. How did Yummy end up in so much trouble? Did he really kill someone? And why do all the answers seem to lead back to a gang-the same gang to which Roger's older brother belongs? Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty is a compelling graphic dramatization based on events that occurred in Chicago in 1994. This gritty exploration of youth gang life will force readers to question their own understandings of good and bad, right and wrong.

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Compelling story and stunning illustrations. - LibraryThing
A very sad and tragic story ultimatley ending in death. - LibraryThing
I enjoyed the pictures and reading the captions. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Rachel.Seltz - LibraryThing

Ages 12 and Up. Based on a true story, Yummy is the account of an abused child who turned to a Chicago gang hoping to find family. During a botched assassination attempt, Yummy kills a girl and is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Adrian.Gaytan - LibraryThing

Yummy is the story, told in the second person, about African American family, gang, neighborhood and city. Yummy was born with both parents having issues with drugs and crime. He gets him name because ... Read full review

Contents

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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
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About the author (2010)

G. Neri is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and new media producer from Los Angeles, where he also worked with inner-city youth. He is the recipient of the International Reading Association Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award and Chess Rumble was recognized as an ALA Notable Children's Book. Neri now lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida with his wife and their daughter.

Randy DuBurke is a full-time artist, whose work has appeared in books for young readers, DC and Marvel comics, The New York Times, and MAD magazine. A native of Brooklyn, New York, DuBurke now lives in Switzerland with his wife and their two sons.

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