Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty

by G. Neri, Randy DuBurke


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Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri, Randy DuBurke

Eleven-year-old Roger is trying to make sense of his classmate Robert "Yummy" Sandifer's death, but first he has to make sense of Yummy's life. Yummy could be as tough as a pit bull sometimes. Other times he was as sweet as the sugary treats he loved to eat. Was Yummy some sort of monster, or just another kid?

As Roger searches for the truth, he finds more and more questions. How did Yummy end up in so much trouble? Did he really kill someone? And why do all the answers seem to lead back to a gang—the same gang Roger's older brother belongs to?

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty is a compelling dramatization based on events that occurred in Chicago in 1994. This gritty exploration of youth gang life will force readers to question their own understandings of good and bad, right and wrong.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584302674
Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 72,986
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: GN510L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

G. NERI is the Eisner-nominated, Coretta Scott King Honor-winning author of Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty, which Flavorwire hailed as one of the top 25 essential graphic novels of all-time. He has written ten books for young people, including the Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award-winner, Chess Rumble, and his books have been translated into multiple languages in more than 25 countries. Mr. Neri lives on the Gulf coast of Florida with his wife and daughter. For more information, visit his website at www.gneri.com.

Randy DuBurke is a full-time artist, whose work has appeared in books for young readers, DC and Marvel comics, The New York Times, and MAD magazine. A native of Brooklyn, New York, DuBurke now lives in Switzerland with his wife and their two sons.

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Yummy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty tells the story of the life and death of Robert “Yummy” Sandifer who was killed by his fellow gang members at the tender age of 11-years-old from the perspective of Roger who is the same age as Yummy. The story of Yummy is tragic and grisly one considering his death sparked national debate on gang violence in America which is still common today. I feel like this book helps younger readers realize how dangerous gangs can be and that they have no age-restriction on them as Yummy was eleven at the time of his death. The age of Yummy and the black-and-white better convey this serious message to a younger audience while making it easier and more entertaining to read.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
The protagonist is an eleven-year-old male, yet his story seems to be that of an older teen or person in young adulthood. As the reader follows Yummy's life he or she will be exposed to the type of life many youth are faced with. If you are unaware of the life of Yummy (a nickname for the main character) this graphic novel will be educational and enlightening. *Well written. *Emotional. * Informative reading.
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BlakeRBR More than 1 year ago
Yummy was one of the easiest readings I have ever taken on. I read it twice to make sure I didn't miss a single detail! Robert "Yummy" Sandifer's life and death are told through a nontraditional comic text layout. The illustrations and pertinent, selected text grab your attention from the very beginning and never let you out of the story. The author, G. Neri, used several sources, including public records, media reports, and personal accounts, to recreate the story with some fictional events to fill missing information. I loved following Yummy's life, from being raised by parents who frequented jail and abused their children to running the streets with a prominent Chicago gang known as the Black Disciples to his untimely death at the young age of 11. Yummy grew up through a troubled life and most times had to fend for himself by thieving others and running from the law. Neri's words, coupled with Randy DuBurke's illustrations, paint a story with multiple sides. The reader is faced with the issue of whether to be angry at Yummy for the criminal life (shoplifting, burglary, violence & murder) he partakes in or to feel sorry for his lack of guidance (criminal and drug abusing parents, lack of help from the correctional institutions he frequented, or the moral less gang he joined and called family) which resulted in his wayward path to death at the hands of the Black Disciples (the gang he called family). If you are a visual learner, this book is for you! Without the illustrations, this is just another report on a child's life ravaged by gang influences and violence. G. Neri is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and new media producer from Los Angeles. Neri worked with the inner-city youth and taught in South Central Los Angeles. When the events of Yummy's story first started to unfold in 1994, Neri was teaching students that hailed from dysfunctional homes, had families similar to Yummy's and lived lives marred by gang related violence and death. He notes that he "even worked with a teen who, when he wasn't around gangs, acted like any sweet, innocent kid. But on the streets, he had already become a hard-core gangbanger" (Neri, pg. 95). I believe the reason why Neri wrote this particular text was because he related so closely to the situation and circumstances surrounding Yummy and his life. Neri didn't tell the story through one source however. Instead, he created Roger who tells the story as Yummy's friend in the Roseland area of Chicago and tries to guide readers to make sense of the events that occurred. References Neri, G. (2010). Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty. New York: Lee & Low Books Inc.
P_Coyle More than 1 year ago
Yummy was really moving. No kidding, I welled up at the end. G Neri did a nice job with the story and the narrative, using the POV of a fellow kid in Yummy's neighborhood. And the art was great! Good visual storytelling, and a really nice feel to the art that not only reflects the time and place in which the story takes place, but also has a gritty yet personal feel for the characters and subject matter.
bookkids More than 1 year ago
Graphic novels published by mainstream book publishers are a tough sell for me, for many reasons: I usually sense they don't understand the market, and have editorial understanding of the genre. Art placement - that is, the juxtaposition of the art and storyline, how each advances the other, is a difficult task for most of them, even with a skilled graphic storyteller. How refreshing to be wrong once in a while! This book is engrossing, and real. There is fine character development, well rendered and with a great narrative, and it is visually interesting and exciting. In fact, the stark black and white images, thanks to the great detail and deliberateness of the artist (not at the expense of subtlety when called for) goes a long way to really make this story accessible. Life is like that: Deliberate, but with nuances thrown in, each making us choose a different path. Yummy is real. Not just the story, but the character. Neri and DeBurke are a terrific combo and have created a satisfying and emotionally evocative story with this graphic novel, which will hopefully create a new standard to which future graphic novels can be held. Get this book!
jojogadget More than 1 year ago
What a powerful story! I started reading and couldn't put it down. The story of Yummy is such a dark tragedy, and I have found that my mind keeps drifting back to his story, long after I had finished. There aren't very many books out there that tell the true stories of this minority of children -- children who are forced to grow up too fast, and who have to fight to survive. I teach in a neighborhood not quite as gritty as Yummy's, but very close. There hasn't been a single day yet where I haven't been greeted by police cars near the entrance of the school. Yummy reminded me of many of the children who walk in and out of our doors every day. The character was both innocent and guilty, adult and childlike, angry and scared. it's rare to find books where characters are that 3 dimensional. I was reading about a real boy, who existed, and I felt like I knew him as I was reading. So many characters in books for teens are caricatures of real people. There's the mean girls, the nerds, the jocks, etc. However, the impression I felt after reading Yummy was that I was reading a story about somebody I knew. Because of that-the tragedy of the story struck a deeper chord in me. I am certain that middle grade readers, with this book in their hands, would read with their eyes wide open, and a mind bursting with much to say about it afterwards. I appreciated the author's approach to the book. He didn't just cover the facts, but he went further back-to his childhood, his parents, his teddy bear, and his home. There were so many complex factors that went into what happened in the story. The narrator states at one point, "Which one was the real Yummy?" Was it the cruel bully who terrorized the neighborhood? Or was it the child, excited by candy and frogs? It made me think-what were the stories of the other people around me? The ones I hear about on the news, or see on the streets? I think the value of a book like Yummy is that it leaves such an impression on the reader that it moves you to change your perspective. There aren't many books that accomplish that, particularly in the middle grade fiction arena. I would highly recommend this book to teens, 11 and older. Additionally, I'd recommend it to any adult as well! This book will spark discussions, arguments, and most importantly, change.
MNewman More than 1 year ago
Yummy is an amazing book. If you love graphic novels or non-fiction, urban stories or heart wrenching tales, this is the one. LOVE it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. This book was very intresting and was took place in my own city. If you love graphic novels then I would reccomend this book to you.