Thursday, February 24, 2011
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by Greg Neri
This graphic novel tells the true story of Robert "Yummy" Sandifer, an eleven year old gang member who murdered a girl. From a bad home and in trouble his entire life, Yummy joined a gang at a young age. His gang used younger members to commit many of their crimes since the juveniles wouldn't receive harsh punishments. Yummy was one of their most active members. During a street fight in 1994 Yummy killed a bystander, a girl his own age. Her murder resulted in Yummy being hunted down by police and a national outcry about youth and gang violence. On the run, Yummy ends up a casualty as well but who is responsible for what happened to him?