Yummy by G. Neri
The Last Days of a Southside Shorty

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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 tough as a pit bull sometimes, but other times he was as sweet as the sugary treats he loved to eat. Was Yummy a 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 drama based on actual events in Chicago in 1994. The book will force readers to confront their own senses of right and wrong. This is a graphic novel, with Follett Library binding, 9" x 6-3/4" x .5", pp. 96.

About G. Neri

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Greg Neri is a storyteller, filmmaker, artist, and digital media producer. When Greg was in college he made an animated film with jazz legend Chick Corea called A Picasso on the Beach which became a student Academy Award finalist and aired on HBO and Bravo. Neri wrote, produced, and directed his first independent feature film called A Weekend with Barbara und Ingrid in 1994. He also taught animation and storytelling to inner city teens in Los Angeles with the group Animactio. They produced over 300 films dealing with issues like teen violence, gangs, and drugs. Greg also co-directed the documentary Fa'a Samoa which followed a 15-year-old Samoan gangbanger through the mean streets of Los Angeles. In 1999, Neri began writing and illustrating for kids and in 2004 started writing for teens. His young adult novels, Chess Rumble (2007 Lee & Low), Surf Mules (2009 Penguin Group), and Yummy (2010 Lee & Low) have garnered numerous awards and honors including American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, International Reading Association Young Adults Choice, American Library Association Notable Book, Society of School Librarians International Best Book in the Language Arts, Coretta Scott King Author Honor, and YALSA Top 10 Quick Picks. Neri currently lives off the Gulf Coast of Florida with his wife and daughter.
Published July 30, 2010 by Lee & Low Books. 100 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Children's Books. Fiction

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The artist adeptly balances the contradictions of Yummy’s life, as scenes of exaggerated violence (torching cars and looting stores) slowly dissolve into typical childhood vignettes (pet frogs and beloved teddy bears).

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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.

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With this graphic form, Neri hopes to “[show] these harsh realities to urban boys who don’t read, before they get sucked into gangs.” Click here for all the graphic novels among Kirkus’ Best of 2010 for Teens.

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Yummy is based on the true story of Robert “Yummy” Sandifer who lived and died tragically in Chicago 1994.

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