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Yummy by G. Neri
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Aug 10, 2010

it was amazing

YUMMY: THE LAST DAYS OF A SOUTHSIDE SHORTY (Lee & Low-July 2010) is a graphic novel written by G. Neri with illustrations by Randy DuBurke. It's a quick read that packs a punch because its title character, Robert "Yummy" Sandifer was a real-life Chicago gang member who killed and died when he was just eleven years old. How could a kid get trapped so deep in gang life, so fast? Neri and DuBurke take a chilling look at the neighborhood and community that raised Yummy, and ultimately failed him. This is going to be a great choice for literature circles -- I can already imagine the discussions about how responsible he was or wasn't for his actions, how much this was a kid shaped by the rough world into which he was born.
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