15. February 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Graphic Novel, Teen Books · Tags:

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri, 96 pages, read by Courtney, on 02/12/2013

This brief graphic novel packs a serious punch. It’s the true story of Robert “Yummy” Sandifer, an 11-year-old from the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago and the incident that shocked a nation. Yummy was a member of the Black Disciples gang and apparently decided to “prove” himself by shooting at rival gang members near his home. He instead shot a 14-year-old girl named Shavon. Yummy ran and was pursued by police for days before he was gunned down by his own gang members who were getting wary of the limelight.
The story is told by a young boy named Roger, who is roughly Yummy’s age. Roger’s brother is in the Black Disciples, so Roger knows a bit about Yummy’s transition from troubled kid to preteen thug. Roger reads the news and talks to his neighbors in order to better understand Yummy’s story. Is Yummy a victim of his circumstances? Is he a sociopath? Could anyone have stopped the chain of events that led to the deaths of both Yummy and Shavon?

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