Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty

Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty is a graphic novel by Greg Neri with art by Randy DuBurke, published by Lee and Low Books in August 2010 (ISBN 978-1584302674). The story is about Robert “Yummy” Sandifer, who was eleven years old in 1994 when he became a fugitive from justice after killing a neighbor girl while he was shooting at somebody else during a gang initiation. Neri creates a fictional narrator who watches what happens to Yummy when he seeks help from the gang he is trying to impress. Instead, they turn on him when he becomes too much of a liability to them.

Critical reception[edit]

Kirkus Reviews described the book by saying, "A haunting, ripped-from-the-headlines account of youth gang violence in Chicago provides the backdrop for a crucial meditation on right and wrong."[1] On Goodreads, Yummy has an average of 3.98 out of 5 stars.[2]


The book won a 2011 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award and was named one of the Best Books of 2010 by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus Reviews. It also has received five starred reviews—from Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, School Library Journal, the Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books, and VOYA.

  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2010[3]
  • 2011 YALSA Top 10 Quick Picks[4]
  • 2011 IRA Notable Book for a Global Society[5]
  • Chicago Public Library - Best Informational Books for Older Readers of 2010[6]
  • Cynsational Books of 2010[7]
  • 2011 Glyph Award nomination - Story of the Year[8]
  • 2011 Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance Once Upon A World Children's Book Award[9]


  1. ^ "Yummy". Lee & Low Books. Retrieved July 25, 2021.
  2. ^ "Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty". Good Reads. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  3. ^ "Best Books of 2010". Publishers Weekly. November 8, 2010. Retrieved July 25, 2021.
  4. ^ admin (2011-01-06). "2011 Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers". Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  5. ^ "Book awards: IRA Notable Book for a Global Society". LibraryThing. Retrieved July 25, 2021.
  6. ^ "Best Informational Books for Older Readers of 2010 - Chicago Public Library". BiblioCommons. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  7. ^ "Cynsational Books of 2010". Cynthia Leitich Smith. 2010-12-31. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  8. ^ MacDonald, Heidi (2011-02-16). "Syndicated Comics". Comics Beat. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  9. ^ "Once Upon A World Children's Award - Winner 2011 Award". Museum of Tolerance. Retrieved January 15, 2021.

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