Yummy

Yummy

The Last Days of A Southside Shorty

Graphic Novel - 2010
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"A graphic novel based on the true story of Robert "Yummy" Sandifer, an eleven-year old African American gang member from Chicago who shot a young girl and was then shot by his own gang members"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Lee & Low Books, ©2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781584302674
1584302674
Branch Call Number: GN Y YUMM
Characteristics: 94 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: DuBurke, Randy

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SARAH GINA WILLIAMS Dec 09, 2014

SARAH GINA WILLIAMS thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 18

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD May 07, 2013

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

SCCLD LIBRARIANS FOR TEENS thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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JCLChrisK Aug 05, 2016

Seems like a story I've encountered a number of times before in one form or another, which makes sense since it's based on something that happened in 1994. Yet Neri does an excellent job telling it. I especially appreciate the way he raised questions more than answered them. There's nothing easy about this true tale, and it's a great one for discussion.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD May 07, 2013

I love comics for kids, but there are really only so many tales involving kids finding magical distant lands that you can read before you want to pluck out your own eyeballs. Yummy in contrast was something entirely new. Gritty, real, willing to ask tough questions, and willing to trust that young readers will be able to reach their own conclusions. The central question is this: Can a child murderer be both victim and bully all at the same time? Don’t look for easy answers here. Neri’s not handing them out.

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beckylunatic
Feb 15, 2013

I'd say that the inks are what Charlie Adlard is aiming for in his work on The Walking Dead series, except Randy DuBurke can actually draw people. Wonderful use of shadow. Compelling story, but the art really makes it shine.

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worldpeace
Mar 19, 2012

A phenominal book,it was just amazing.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD May 07, 2013

The real world facts are available. Here’s what we know: That Robert “Yummy” Sandifer was eleven years old in 1994 when he went on the run after accidentally killing a neighbor girl. Gang violence was at its peak in the Roseland area of Chicago, and in this book a fictional neighborhood boy watches what happens to Yummy and to his own brother, both members of the same gang. The book asks hard questions as we watch Yummy’s life and strange toughness, even as his story turns tragic. An author’s note and bibliography appear at the end.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD May 07, 2013

“I tried to figure out who the real Yummy was. The one who stole my lunch money? Or the one who smiled when I shared my candy with him? I wondered if I grew up like him, would I have turned out the same?”

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