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Yummy by G. Neri
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Jan 11, 11


"Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty" is a 2011 Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor Book.
This graphic novel is based on the true story of Robert "Yummy" Sandifer. Yummy was the son of a father who was in prison for drugs, and a mother who was involved in prostitution and drugs. He had scars that were evidence of years of abuse. As the story begins, it is 1994 in Chicago and Yummy lives, along with several other children, with his grandmother. He is a member of the Black Disciples Nation and has been in trouble many times. In order to raise his profile in the gang, he ends up shooting and killing a fourteen girl. As Yummy is kept in hiding by the BDN, the story makes national headlines. The narrator of the story, a classmate of Yummy's, is given the assignment, along with the other kids in the class, to write down their feelings about the incident. The narrator then goes in search of the answer to the question, "Why?" As he does his research, the reader tries to determine whether Yummy is a bully and a murderer or whether he is, in fact, a victim. Eventually, the heat gets too intense for the BDN, and they have Yummy executed. The story was discussed publicly be President Bill Clinton and made the cover of "Time" magazine. Though it took place in the mid 1990's, it contains everything that is relevant today. The story is communicated objectively in clear, telling language and realistic, detailed drawings. This fast, easy read is complex in what it contains and would be excellent for classroom use and discussion. Highly recommended!

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