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

  • Title: Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty
  • Author: G. Neri Randy DuBurke
  • ISBN: 9781584302667
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In August of 1994, 11 year old Robert Yummy Sandifer nicknamed for his love of sweets fired a gun at a group of rival gangmembers, accidentally killing a neighborhood girl, Shavon Dean Police searched Chicago s southside for three days before finding Yummy dead in a railway tunnel, killed by members of the drug gang he d sought to impress The story made such an impactIn August of 1994, 11 year old Robert Yummy Sandifer nicknamed for his love of sweets fired a gun at a group of rival gangmembers, accidentally killing a neighborhood girl, Shavon Dean Police searched Chicago s southside for three days before finding Yummy dead in a railway tunnel, killed by members of the drug gang he d sought to impress The story made such an impact that Yummy appeared on the cover of TIME magazine, drawing national attention to the problems of inner city youth in AmericaMMY THE LAST DAYS OF A SOUTHSIDE SHORTY relives the confusion of these traumatic days from the point of view of Roger, a neighborhood boy who struggles to understand the senseless violence swirling through the streets around him Awakened by the tragedy, Roger seeks out answers to difficult questions Was Yummy a killer or a victim Was he responsible for his actions or are others to blame
    Yummy The Last Days of a Southside Shorty In August of year old Robert Yummy Sandifer nicknamed for his love of sweets fired a gun at a group of rival gangmembers accidentally killing a neighborhood girl Shavon Dean Police searched

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    1. This graphic novel was based on the true story of Robert Sandifer aka Yummy nicknamed for his love of candy bars and cookies He was 11 years old.Told from the point of view of a neighborhood boy this book was heartbreaking It made it even worse because I knew it was a true story.Yummy wanted to belong, his dad was in prison and his mom in and out of jail for drugs and prostitution She lost custody of her kids and Yummy s grandmother was raising him Along with most of the rest of her grandchildre [...]

    2. This graphic novel will be great for classroom use, particularly as a companion to _Our America_ by Jones and Newman and _Monster_ by Myers I recommend it for boys and reluctant readers.

    3. Sometimes stories get to you this one left my stomach in knots After three days of reporting, I still couldn t decide which was appalling the child s life or the child s death John Hull, TIME Magazine, Sept 1994 When true stories get turned into graphic novels for kids, they tend to take place in the distant past Books like James Sturm s Satchel Paige Striking Out Jim Crow, for example Contemporary stories, or tales that have taken place in the last 20 years, are few and far between Picking up [...]

    4. This was definitely an interesting graphic novel I didn t realize that it was based on a true story and it s sad but with everything that we having going on related to guns and violence I would definitely say that this book is important The only bad thing about it is the fact that I wanted information from the story It was a good start but it definitely could have been a little longer.

    5. The cheapest rents that I had in Philly were in some really gang infested neighborhoods It s hard to explain this to people in a place like Columbusat in Philly, if you re freshly out of college and you work in nonprofit, education, or the arts, you probably live in a poor neighborhood of Latinos, blacks, Vietnamese, or Cambodians or choose another ethnic ghetto Though the gangs don t bother you usuallyme people get mugged, or have houses or cars burglarized their violence is omnipresent The wee [...]

    6. This graphic novel tells the true story of Robert Yummy Sandifer In 1994, Yummy, called that because of his sweet tooth, fired a gun into a crowd of rival gang members He ended up killing a bystander, a teen girl Yummy was just 11 years old when this happened The story is told from the point of view of Roger, another boy who knew Yummy from school and the neighborhood Roger tries to make sense of Yummy and how he became a gang member and killer This is made even tangible to Roger because his ow [...]

    7. It is very ironic that the illustrations for this true crime story in a graphic novel format are black and white because there is nothing black and white about Yummy s, an 11 year old child murderer s, story G Neri doesn t take sides and he certainly does not hand out easy answers as he leaves it up to the reader to decide whether Yummy was a villain or a victim, or both.But although Yummy tells an important and heartbreaking cautionary tale about child abuse, neglect and gang violence, it offer [...]

    8. 4.25 An interesting and tragic story I enjoyed how the author tried to show many different sides of an event that was so polarizing I wish it had been a little in depth and slightly raw, but based on the intended audience it is certainly understandable that it was pretty basic.

    9. This is the biography of Robert Yummy Sandifer, a shorty member of the Gangster Disciples gang in Chicago s Roseland neighborhood who in 1994, at the age of 11, ordered to take a hit for his gang, fired into a crowd in his neighborhood and killed 14 year old neighbor Shavon Dean With already many gang initiation felonies under his tiny belt, he himself was killed by his gang too much bad publicity He made the cover of Time magazine, became an international symbol of gang violence at the time, th [...]

    10. If you know of a reluctant reader, hand them this book.Nicely weaved with powerful illustrations and dialogue, you get to know the story of Yummy, a sweet 11 year old boy at grandma s house but a cold blooded Black Disciple on the streets This is based on a true story, told from the perspective of Roger.After shooting and killing 14 year old Shavon, Yummy is on the run to escape from the cops but to also escape from the guilt that has built up As Roger retells the story, the readers are built up [...]

    11. Yummy is true dystopia It is the tragedy of an eleven year old kid caught up in the height of gang violence in 1994 in Chicago The black and white art is mostly very effective, although it lead to some odd effects that occasionally stopped me cold Neri tells the story through a peer of Yummy s, which enables him to collect the opinions of all sorts of people I particularly like that Neri didn t slight Yummy s victim, Shavon Dean Mostly I love that Neri showed how Yummy was both a victim and a bu [...]

    12. Gut wrenching I hear statistics about gun related deaths and gang violence in Chicago all the time This story gave those statistics a face and made it all real to me I wish the author had included even detail My students are DEVOURING this book I have 3 copies in my classroom library and can t keep any of them on the shelf.

    13. Yummy is a book told about an 11 year old who has been caught up in mischief his entire life and decides to join a gang The name of the gang he joined was the Black Disciples This gang uses young boys to do their dirty work so none of the higher ups can get in trouble The book is told by a different 11 year old boy, Roger, who has gone to the same school as Yummy Throughout the book Roger is trying to figure out whether Yummy is a kid who was destined to get caught up in gang related activity or [...]

    14. My first graphic novel It s not a genre I would get into like some others but I did enjoy this I think if I read books of this kind on a regular basis it would start to irk me I do think it s a great thing for the younger generation I don t see myself reading too many in the future This is a very, very fast read I finished it in one short sitting I had never heard of Yummy before seeing this book If I did hear about it on the news or some such place I d since forgotten When I started the book [...]

    15. I re read this banned book for the September twitter chat with YearofYA and it was even powerful with Yummy s no win situation of a life of violence, gang wars, family dysfunction and urban decay G Neri s graphic novel is a winner He takes the true story of 11 year old Robert Yummy Sandifer s shooting of an innocent 14 year old girl, Shavon Dean, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and crafts a gripping tale from the point of view of a boy, Roger, who knew both kids, lived in the same [...]

    16. Neri and DeBurke did a great job putting together a story that honors the lives of two young people who died tragically They also encourage their readers, younger and older, to ask themselves difficult and meaningful questions about cycles of poverty and violence that are much larger than Yummy and Shavon and their neighborhood in Chicago The art is great, there is a respectfulness, I think, in the way the story is narrated I may write , still thinking about the book, but that s all for now.

    17. It was a very good book to me because its to teach young people that being in a gang is not that important And just because everything is bad at home doesnt mean it has to be bad for you Try to make your life better , so you can show your parents that GO TO SCHOOL gangs are not that important any and Yummy just ruined his whole life killing a 14 year old girl When he could have just being playing with some school boys on the block

    18. comix, for young people will easily make grownups cry.about growing up on the mean sts of chicago, violence, trying to understand folks and their situations a ferguson mo learning mom net i bet even ferguson cops could read this

    19. Don t let the spare number of pages in this graphic novel fool you into thinking it s an easy read It is intense and incredibly tragic.

    20. This is not a book that you enjoy reading, but rather a story that needed told It was recommended to me by a student, and I m glad I took her suggestion Thanks Destiny

    21. A sad story about a kid on the south side of Chicago Who accidentally shot a little girl when trying to kill a rival Who was on the run He at the end got shot by his own gang.

    22. This 94 page graphic novel will resonate with me always and while I do feel I have given spoilers in this review it is a true story, on the cover of Time magazine and powerful enough that you will still get so much from reading it than my skimmed over description of facts.yways yea so I was appalled and heartbroken reading about this eleven year old gang member and killer whose entire tragedy of a life made him both a bully and a victim blurring the lines defining both Through an outside charact [...]

    23. G Neri tells the heartbreaking story of young Yummy through honest and thought provoking words and illustrations His wide range of characters featured throughout represent the opinions of community members, classmates, teachers, politicians, Yummy s family, etc in regards to Yummy s life and death These opinions aid in helping the reader piece together the story and make their own judgement of Yummy I have found reading graphic novels a bit tricky to read, but this novel has easy to follow panel [...]

    24. Robert Sandifer is heading down the wrong path in life He s only 8 when he began shoplifting stores, but by 11 Yummy as he is called by family and friends has a list of crimes and ten felonies on his rap sheet with the police How could his life have spiraled out of control so fast Where were Yummy s family Who did he come in contact that introduced him to the gang life G Neri poses these and a multitude of other questions about Yummi and inner city life in general to the reader through the voice [...]

    25. I thought this book was so many things tragic, and powerful, and brutal, and depressing and thought provoking It s a graphic novel with a very mature theme gang warfare I was intrigued because the story was based on true events that took place on the south side of Chicago in 1994 It really puts the gang violence in perspective The theme is evident Is the child 11 years old a bully or a victim of his life circumstances Really gives you empathy for both sides and makes you think It s a fast paced [...]

    26. This is a truly powerful story that is brought to life through the graphic format I wish the illustrations were a bit crisper That s my only criticism, though It was great to hear from Neri about the way the story called to him and how this book and Ghetto Cowboy have led schools from around the world to request a presentation from him Especially due to its format, I would recommend this to reluctant readers who are looking for of a movie experience but still deserve a great story.

    27. Good handling of the factual materials for this fictional retelling of the end of Robert Yummy Sandifer s life The black and white illustrations feel harsh in a way that really works well for the materials What I like most is that this work gives you many options on how to view Yummy, but it never tells you which one to use The author s note in the back encourages us to view Yummy complexly, but the narrative itself allows the reader to form their own opinion from the collected facts and opinion [...]

    28. Powerful book Incredibly sad and, unfortunately, still holds true today These questions are oftentimes still posed when it comes to situations like Yummy s Is the person good or bad A victim or a bully But, as the author explained, it is not an issue that has a clear answer He was all of those things Many of us are.

    29. I hope this book finds its way into middle school classrooms led by careful, caring teachers It is a book of questions, questions about violence, death, friendship, and childhood And for the hardest questions the only possible answers seem to be home and family These few pages moved me to tears Recommend for middle school readers, but with follow up conversation.

    30. Yummy by G Neri is a very good book I like how much I was able to relate to Yummy Not that I was in a gang or that I killed somebody but the fact that he knew he messed up and that he wanted to make it right He didn t mean to do what he did and tried to explain that but no one listened to him because he is just a kid I can relate to that and that is why I fell in love with this book.

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