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 gang the 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."