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Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty (2010)

Author: Neri, G. [link to author's website]
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Number of pages: 96 pages

"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 gangthe 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."

ISBN 13: 978-1584302674
Reading Level (grade): 3.4