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 impact that Yummy appeared on the cover of TIME magazine, drawing national attention to the problems of inner city youth in America.
Yummy: 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 G. Neri Lee & Low Books, 2010 Source: Library
Yummy is a great book for fans of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It shined a light on so many of the same issues, but in graphic novel format. This was also based on a true story. Yummy's story was presented so well that I wanted to learn more. I was impressed that even the president commented on it. Honestly, I want to learn more about the gang problem in Chicago in general and how people think that it can be fixed. A really good book is one that makes you want to learn more!