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Yummy by G. Neri
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Aug 22, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: biography-biographical, comic, family, gangs

Robert "Yummy" Sandifer was born and lived in Chicago until he was 11 years old. He grew up sometimes on the street, sometimes at his grandmothers house, sometimes in youth homes, but he always went back to his grandmother's neighborhood. His father was in prison, and his mother in and out of jail. With the absence of an adult role model, he looked to what he saw as a loyal family and a place to belong, a street gang. But he was just a child. In order to prove himself and gain rank in the gang, he shot and killed a 14 year old girl. He hid from authorities, and was later killed by gang members who didn't want him to bring the cops to them. In this graphic novel format book, Neri takes some liberty creating a narrator to tell the story. However, he presents the facts about Yummy and the events surrounding his crime and death. Combined with the black and white ink illustrations, this short book packs a powerful punch. The reader can see both Yummy's innocence and youth, as well as the hard and vicious gang-banger that he aspired to be. Through the narration of one of Yummy's peers, Neri tries, and succeeds, to show all the circumstances that led to this horrible crime, and that Yummy was the unfortunate product of a very sad situation. Excellent. Grades 5+

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