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Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty Paperback – July 30, 2010
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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.Read more ›
Neri is less an author and more of a wizard, stirring his cauldron of words into a tonic that once drunk, sucks the you into that world completely. Even after closing the last page of the book, you remain deep in the realm of, in this case, south side Chicago in 1994. Yummy haunts you. Yummy's face appears when you look at your kids, playing in their safe, crime free neighborhood. Yummy calls to you from beyond the grave with not answers, but more questions.
A confident writer can pen a book that asks more questions than it answers, yet still satisfies to the core. And this is one of those books. There is no shortage of commentary on this event, but Neri only uses those various voices as fuel for the readers' own conclusions. And, in this day and age of nonstop bombardment of opinions coming from parents, teachers, media sources, politicians, everywhere.... it must be nice for a kid to pick up a book that truly honors their ability to draw conclusions using their own mental capacity. In short, Neri trusts the kids that will pick up his book. And that is an honorable trait in an author.
The use of this book's narrator is effective because you are not getting the answers from Yummy himself. You, like observers at the time, are on the outside peering in.Read more ›
When he was just eleven-years-old, Robert `Yummy' Sandifer (so named for his love of junk food) opened fire in a street of his local neighbourhood in Roseland, Chicago. Yummy fired a 9 millimeter semiautomatic pistol, hitting and killing a young girl called Shavon Dean, who was just 14-years-old. Yummy fled the scene, and a manhunt got underway - the senseless murder and 11-year-old killer making national headlines . . . but that was just the beginning of this tragic saga.
Yummy was close to members of the Black Disciples Chicago street gang, and this is presumably how he came to be in possession of the gun. During the manhunt, it was reported that the shooting was even an initiation gone wrong. And it was because of his fledgling ties to the Black Disciples that it was the gang who ended up finding Yummy, and executing him.
Brothers Cragg and Derrick Hardaway, ages 16 and 14, were the Black Disciples members who met Yummy on August 31. They promised him a safe place to hide from the police . . . instead he was driven to an empty underpass and told to get on his knees - he was then shot twice in the back of the head. His body was discovered by Chicago police the next day, and brothers Cragg and Derrick Hardaway were convicted of his murder and given long-term prison sentences.
Yummy's mug-shot was plastered over the cover of TIME Magazine (the same mug-shot his family used for his funeral program). His story sent shockwaves through America as more of his sad background and violent end became known. By three-years of age, Yummy was known to Child Welfare authorities as his mother had a history of misdemeanour arrests and his father was incarcerated.Read more ›
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Yummy is an unforgettable, tragic character. I know this book will be tattered by the end of the year, because my students will pass it to each other. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Kindle Customer
I recently finished reading this book, Yummy - The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri. This book is my second graphic novel and I LOVED IT ! Read morePublished 3 months ago by kendra velasquez
I personally didn't like it but my students love it. I teach 8th grade.Published 8 months ago by Ceretta
This is a very good but that describes the consequences to ones actions. Although in comic book form, this is a very good book whether young or old and the artwork, although... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Oscar Mason
This is one of the best book u will ever read I never heard about yummy till I read this book. This is sad suspenseful And good.Published 18 months ago by stephanie tyler
A thought provoking, emotional and tragic book in graphic novel format that should be required reading in every high school. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Shelli
I read this graphic novel in one sitting and felt a heaviness as I turned the pages. The graphic novel format lends itself to the expression of emotion in story-telling and this... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sarah A. Perine
Bought this for a teacher's reading shelf at a high school in a high-poverty neighborhood. It has been very popular among the students.Published 21 months ago by J. Schultes
I really liked this book. The main character, Yummy, is an 11 year old boy who killed this girl named Shavon. Now everyone is looking for Yummy as he tries to hide from the police. Read morePublished on July 17, 2014 by kathy Gerber