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In August of 1994, 11-year-old Robert “Yummy” Sandifer — nicknamed for his love of sweets — fired a gun at a group of rival gangmembers, accidentally killing a neighborhood girl, Shavon Dean. Police searched Chicago’s southside for three days before finding Yummy dead in a railway tunnel, killed by members of the drug gang he’d sought to impress. The story made such an imp ...more
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Published July 31st 2010 by Lee & Low Books
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Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
This graphic novel was based on the true story of Robert Sandifer aka Yummy (nicknamed for his love of candy bars and cookies) He was 11 years old.
Told from the point of view of a neighborhood boy this book was heartbreaking. It made it even worse because I knew it was a true story.


Yummy wanted to belong, his dad was in prison and his mom in and out of jail for drugs and prostitution. She lost custody of her kids and Yummy's grandmother was raising him. Along with most of the rest of her grandc
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Caris
I never had any idea who Robert Sandifer was, but, it occurs to me now, that he probably had some kind of impact on my life. I don’t know shit about you, but when I was in sixth grade, I participated in the D.A.R.E. program at school. One thing I never really understood was why so much of the D.A.R.E. curriculum focused on street gangs.

We were taught how bad they were, that they hurt and killed kids. There were the Bloods and the Crips. They wore saggy pants with handkerchiefs hanging from back
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Jamila
This graphic novel will be great for classroom use, particularly as a companion to _Our America_ by Jones and Newman and _Monster_ by Myers. I recommend it for boys and reluctant readers.
Betsy
“Sometimes stories get to you; this one left my stomach in knots. After three days of reporting, I still couldn't decide which was more appalling: the child's life or the child's death." – John Hull, TIME Magazine, Sept. 1994. When true stories get turned into graphic novels for kids, they tend to take place in the distant past. Books like James Sturm’s Satchel Paige Striking Out Jim Crow, for example. Contemporary stories, or tales that have taken place in the last 20 years, are few and far bet ...more
Tasha
This graphic novel tells the true story of Robert “Yummy” Sandifer. In 1994, Yummy, called that because of his sweet tooth, fired a gun into a crowd of rival gang members. He ended up killing a bystander, a teen girl. Yummy was just 11 years old when this happened. The story is told from the point of view of Roger, another boy who knew Yummy from school and the neighborhood. Roger tries to make sense of Yummy and how he became a gang member and killer. This is made even more tangible to Roger be ...more
Alison
The cheapest rents that I had in Philly were in some really gang-infested neighborhoods. It's hard to explain this to people in a place like Columbus...that in Philly, if you're freshly out of college and you work in nonprofit, education, or the arts, you probably live in a poor neighborhood of Latinos, blacks, Vietnamese, or Cambodians (or choose another ethnic ghetto). Though the gangs don't bother you (usually...some people get mugged, or have houses or cars burglarized) their violence is omn ...more
Marisa
If you know of a reluctant reader, hand them this book.

Nicely weaved with powerful illustrations and dialogue, you get to know the story of Yummy, a sweet 11 year old boy at grandma's house but a cold-blooded Black Disciple on the streets. This is based on a true story, told from the perspective of Roger.

After shooting and killing 14 year old Shavon, Yummy is on the run to escape from the cops but to also escape from the guilt that has built up. As Roger retells the story, the readers are built
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Eva Leger
My first graphic novel! It's not a genre I would get into like some others but I did enjoy this. I think if I read books of this kind on a more regular basis it would start to irk me. I do think it's a great thing for the younger generation. I don't see myself reading too many more in the future.
This is a very, very fast read. I finished it in one - short - sitting. I had never heard of Yummy before seeing this book. If I did hear about it on the news or some such place I'd since forgotten. Whe
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bjneary
G. Neri's graphic novel is a winner. She takes the true story of 11 year old Robert "Yummy" Sandifer's shooting of an innocent 14 year old girl, Shavon Dean, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and crafts a gripping tale from the point of view of a boy, Roger, who knew both kids, lived in the same neighborhood, and had a brother in the same gang as Yummy. Roger is an onlooker, part of a close knit family (yet his brother is in the Black Disciple gang too)who went to school with Yummy an ...more
Kaethe
Yummy is true dystopia. It is the tragedy of an eleven-year-old kid caught up in the height of gang violence in 1994 in Chicago. The black-and-white art is mostly very effective, although it lead to some odd effects that occasionally stopped me cold. Neri tells the story through a peer of Yummy's, which enables him to collect the opinions of all sorts of people. I particularly like that Neri didn't slight Yummy's victim, Shavon Dean. Mostly I love that Neri showed how Yummy was both a victim and ...more
Tuck
comix, for young people. will easily make grownups cry .
about growing up on the mean sts. of chicago, violence, trying to understand folks and their situations.
a ferguson mo learning mom net. i bet even ferguson cops could read this
Emily  Nuttall
Yummy is a fictional story based on a real 11 year old boy, Robert Sandifer, who shot a 14 year old girl and was later executed by members of his own gang. This story is heart-breaking, especially knowing that the tragic events actually took place. Yummy was a child who lived with his grandmother, who was a guardian to 20 or so other children. His father was in prison, and his mother was also in and out of jail. She was also very abusive to Yummy, which lead to him being taken away from her and ...more
Laura
Yummy, the Last Days of a Southside Shorty, is a true story straight from the rough neighborhoods on the south side of Chicago. Robert Sandifer, otherwise known as Yummy, is a mere 11 years old when he accidentally tries to shoot a rival gang member, but misses and kills an innocent girl instead. At first his gang, the Black Disciples, hides him from the police manhunt, only to ultimately decide Yummy’s actions have brought down too much heat on them, so they murder him to escape the police atte ...more
KerriRowland
An amazing graphic novel based on the real life story of the 1994 murder of a Chicago girl by a local teen. Yummy, the main character is caught between his sweet side, love of candy and a hope of a solid home to his decision to be part of a gang. One day he accidently shoots an innocent teenage girl from the neighborhood. This accident changes his life forever as he is hunted down and killed by whom he thinks is his “family”, The Black Disciples.

Yummy is told from the view point of Roger, a boy
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Carolina
This is a graphic novel that captures the life and death of Rober “Yummy” Sandifer, an 11 year old Southside of Chicago gang member. In 1994, Yummy was accused of shooting an inocent bystander while trying to shoot at a rival Chicago gang. This novel focuses on the last days of Yummy after the shooting and the consequences he faced while giving an insight to Yummy’s personal life.

I recommend this book for 7th and 8th grade students. This book will be a great Social Studies. It can also be used f
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Kristen Herzog
" Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri was not what I was expecting at all. I am not typically a person who reads graphic novels and so wasn't sure what to expect but since it was based off of a true situation that took place in Chicago and I live on the outskirts I thought it would be an interesting read. Roger, the narrator, takes us through the story and shares some of the ups and downs of Robert "Yummy" Sandifer's life. The story takes place in a part of Chicago that is not ...more
Jesse Watson
Powerfully drawing you deep into the emotional turmoil of the events surrounding the real life story of Robert "Yummy" Sandifer, G. Neri is a master of HOOK and SUBSTANCE. To simply call this book a cautionary tale would be criminal. This book is like the streets. There is no master key to check your answers against. Like the streets, you draw your own conclusions. And, like the streets, the cautions are painted on the walls right in front of you.

Neri is less an author and more of a wizard, stir
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CH13_Meghan Schultz
Before reading this graphic novel, I researched Robert "Yummy" Sandifer in order to better understand the context of this story. A young boy, Yummy, was a member of the Chicago street gang, the Black Disciples. In 1994 Yummy shot and killed an innocent young girl, and as a result was executed by fellow gang members for fear Yummy would become an informant for the police. Yummy's violent life and untimely death became a national story, his face even appeared on the cover of "Time" magazine.
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Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: This was a Cybils '10 nominee and required reading for me as a Cybils graphic novels panelist. However, all the panelists received a copy from the publisher except me. I guess it got lost in the mail or, maybe it was a Canada thing. Anyway I was unable to find a copy before our shortlists were due but this book was unanimously voted by the others as the first book chosen to go on the shortlist, I happily deferred to their wisdom. A copy just recently came into my local librar ...more
Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day)
I first came across this title at Helen's blog. I had never heard of this book before, nor the incident narrated in it. Moreover, the title of the book - Yummy - sounded too weird, too out-of-place to me. I could tell from the cover that this book had no relation to food, whatever the title. Yummy is the nickname of the protagonist of this book, Robert Sandifer, because he loved sweets.

This graphic novel was written by G. Neri and illustrated by Randy DuBurke. I thought the narration and the ill
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Ari
The story is told through the fictional character of Roger, a classmate of Robert's. Roger is a good narrator. Since he is made to be a classmate of Yummy's we get to see the other side of Yummy. He's not "just a gangbanger", he's a little boy who loves candy and sleeps with a teddy bear. He's a bully, a petty thief and he loves his grandmother. The illustrations are extremely well done and make this story even better and more accessible to younger readers. I think I liked the story even more be ...more
Taneka
Robert "Yummy" Sandifer is an eleven year old kid that just wants to be accepted and loved. But to gain that love he turns to the one place that will betray him in the end, the Black Disciple Nation gang in Chicago. Based on a true story, the reader gets to see the events of Yummy's life and death unfold.

I was both angry and sad at this story. I am not the type of person that accepts excuses for life's choices, but this 11 year old kid just did not seem to have a chance. Abused by his mother and
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Crista
Wow, what an amazing book. The story is so powerful and moving that you almost forget that you are reading this in graphic novel format. The black and white images are imperative to the story by not only adding to the supreme existence of the featured gang, the Black Disciples, but also to tame the violence and bloodshed. I had no prior knowledge of this story prior to picking the book up at the library. After reading just the introductory paragraph, I was motivated to go online and research not ...more
Karen Ball
If a kid goes down, there's another one waiting in line.
You make it past 19 these days, you a senior citizen around here.

Based on real events, this is a fictionalized version of the life of Robert "Yummy" Sandifer, who made national headlines and the cover of Time magazine in 1994, when he was executed by his own Southside Chicago gang members to prevent him from snitching to the police about their illegal activities. Neri tells the story from the point of view of Roger, Yummy's neighbor. Deta
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Reader
Yummy is just 11 when he accidentally kills a neighbor girl and then is found dead himself 3 days later. Based on the true story of a gang shooting in the summer of 1994 in Chicago, this book is a quick read, and also a powerful one that will stay with readers for a long time. The story is told from the point of view of Robert, one of Yummy's classmates who is struggling along with the rest of his neighborhood to understand how his classmate who is a the same time a "shorty" in the Black Discipl ...more
Elizabeth
This was one of those books that really gets the reader thinking. It is a fast paced easy to read graphic novel, which put a lot of meaning in its few words. The black and white comic strip illustrations left an impression. As a reader, you understood the serious nature of a young, African-American child as a gang member and the stark reality of his death, without it being visually disturbing. The violence was a mental image, rather than a visual image. I also thought that the black and white im ...more
528_Kristin
This book made me want to cry. It is a graphic novel, but the emotion, feelings, and betrayal seem entirely real. It was tastefully created, using a secondary character to tell the story and try to explain Yummy's actions. This book really focused on the idea of nature versus nurture. You can't help but ask yourself, if Yummy had just 1 strong caring person in his life, would this poor child have had a chance? It opens your eyes to life in gangs, inner cities, and even the foster care/child serv ...more
Lars Guthrie
Initially worth your attention because you won't read anything else that comes close. A comic book for fifth graders up based on the true story of an 11-year-old murderer in Chicago during the sweltering summer of 1994. As Elizabeth Bird (a New York librarian and Goodreads author whose reviews are an essential resource for learning about children's books) put it, "Believe me, you’ve nothing like this in your collection."

But novelty isn't the only factor that makes 'Yummy' so riveting. So many ch
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Q_Ayana
In the summer 1994, news of a Southside Chicago homicide of a young girl spread throughout the country. There was a manhunt, or “boyhunt,” for the killer, 11-year old Robert “Yummy” Sandifer. Nicknamed Yummy for his love of sweets, this young boy was trapped inside the life of a broken home, the streets, and gangs, common in the Roseland community of Chicago. In G. Neri’s graphic novel, he shares the story of Yummy, through the eyes of Robert (the narrator), friends, enemies, family, neighbors, ...more
L12_tomj
Robert Sandifer is heading down the wrong path in life. He's only 8 when he began shoplifting stores, but by 11 Yummy as he is called by family and friends has a list of crimes and ten felonies on his rap sheet with the police. How could his life have spiraled out of control so fast? Where were Yummy's family? Who did he come in contact that introduced him to the gang life? G. Neri poses these and a multitude of other questions about Yummi and inner city life in general to the reader through th ...more
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G. NERI is the Coretta Scott King honor winning author of YUMMY: THE LAST DAYS OF A SOUTHSIDE SHORTY. He is also the recipient of the International Reading Association's Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award for his debut book CHESS RUMBLE. His latest novel GHETTO COWBOY won an ALA Odyssey Honor and the Horace Mann Upstanders Award. His work has been honored by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and t ...more
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