Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri (MG/Graphic Novel) - Paperback

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A compelling graphic novel based on events that occurred in Chicago in 1994. Told through the eyes of 11-year-old Robert, who is trying to make sense of not only "Yummy's" death but his own life.

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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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While I'm about the same age as the main character Yummy would have been, I have to admit I didn't recall hearing about his story growing up. This is an absorbing story that I will be sharing with my children. Thank you, Tuma, for selecting books like this for BOTM!