The Last Days of A Southside Shorty
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Based on the true story of Robert "Yummy" Sandifer, this graphic novel follows the story of an eleven-year old African American gang member from Chicago who shot a young girl and was then shot by his own gang members.
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The real world facts are available. Here’s what we know: That Robert “Yummy” Sandifer was eleven years old in 1994 when he went on the run after accidentally killing a neighbor girl. Gang violence was at its peak in the Roseland area of Chicago, and in this book a fictional neighborhood boy watches what happens to Yummy and to his own brother, both members of the same gang. The book asks hard questions as we watch Yummy’s life and strange toughness, even as his story turns tragic. An author’s note and bibliography appear at the end.
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