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"In 1994, in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago's South Side, a 14-year-old girl named Shavon Dean was killed by a stray bullet during a gang shooting. Her killer, Robert 'Yummy' Sandifer, was 11 years old. Neri recounts Yummy's three days on the run from police (and, eventually, his own gang) through the eyes of Roger, a fictional classmate of Yummy's. Roger grapples with the unanswerable questions behind Yummy's situation, with the whys and hows of a failed system, a crime-riddled neighborhood, and a neglected community. How could a smiling boy, who carried a teddy bear and got his nickname from his love of sweets, also be an arsonist, an extortionist, a murderer? Yet as Roger mulls reasons, from absentee parenting to the allure of gang membership, our picture of Yummy only becomes more obscure. Neri's straightforward, unadorned prose is the perfect complement to DuBurke's stark black-and-white inks; great slabs of shadow and masterfully rendered faces breathe real, tragic life into the players. Like Roger, in the end readers are left with troubling questions and, perhaps, one powerful answer: that they can choose to do everything in their power to ensure that no one shares Yummy's terrible fate. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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A graphic novel based on the life and death of Robert "Yummy" Sandifer, an 11-year-old gang member from Chicago's Southside who was killed by his own gang members.

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emmejo, September 5, 2013 (view all comments by emmejo)
Yummy, nicknamed for his love of sweets, accidentally shoots and kills a bystanding girl in the midst of a gang fight. At only 11 years old, he's on the run as the cops hunt for him. When his own gang decides he's too much a risk to harbor any more, they kill him, leaving the neighborhood confused, hurt and conflicted over the events.

This book is somber and simple, but raises a lot of questions about what causes this kind of senseless violence. It also shows that there is rarely a simple answer as to why someone would commit a crime like this and that most people are not simply good or bad.

The artwork is textured, stark and stylized, doing a good job of showing the harshness of many of these kid's lives and their surroundings. DuBurke has a talent for facial expressions, often showing the inner conflict or falseness of a character's behavior.
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ISBN:
9781584302674
Author:
Neri, Greg
Publisher:
Lee & Low Books
Illustrator:
Duburke, Randy
Author:
Neri, G.
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Social Issues - Violence
Subject:
Law & Crime
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Chicago (Ill.)
Subject:
Cartoons and comics
Subject:
General-General
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
- Up
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, Y
Pages:
94
Dimensions:
8.90x6.64x.30 in. .45 lbs.
Age Level:
11-UP

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In 1994, in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago's South Side, a 14-year-old girl named Shavon Dean was killed by a stray bullet during a gang shooting. Her killer, Robert 'Yummy' Sandifer, was 11 years old. Neri recounts Yummy's three days on the run from police (and, eventually, his own gang) through the eyes of Roger, a fictional classmate of Yummy's. Roger grapples with the unanswerable questions behind Yummy's situation, with the whys and hows of a failed system, a crime-riddled neighborhood, and a neglected community. How could a smiling boy, who carried a teddy bear and got his nickname from his love of sweets, also be an arsonist, an extortionist, a murderer? Yet as Roger mulls reasons, from absentee parenting to the allure of gang membership, our picture of Yummy only becomes more obscure. Neri's straightforward, unadorned prose is the perfect complement to DuBurke's stark black-and-white inks; great slabs of shadow and masterfully rendered faces breathe real, tragic life into the players. Like Roger, in the end readers are left with troubling questions and, perhaps, one powerful answer: that they can choose to do everything in their power to ensure that no one shares Yummy's terrible fate. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , A graphic novel based on the life and death of Robert "Yummy" Sandifer, an 11-year-old gang member from Chicago's Southside who was killed by his own gang members.
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