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Yummy by G. Neri
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Dec 08, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: books-read-december-2010

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 Disciples Nation but also still so much a child, could have killed another one of his classmates. Robert's emotions are conflicted and the story really raises more questions than answers... The black and white artwork is stark and beautiful-- it draws you in to the neighborhood, and does a perfect job of setting the tone of the book. This book is sure to spark a lot of discussion, and I can't wait to hear the discussions of my 7-10th grade book club when we read it when we start again in the new year. ~s
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