Boy Slays Girl in Gangland Shooting was the headline in the Chicago Sun Times in 1994 when eleven-year-old Robert “Yummy” Sandifer shot and killed a fourteen-year-old girl. Yummy’s classmate, Roger, is trying to figure out what happened to make his classmate do such a horrible thing. Was it Yummy’s hard childhood, without parents to show him right from wrong? Was it the gang he wanted to impress- the same gang Roger’s brother belongs to- that gave him the gun? Was Yummy just a cold-blooded killer?
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty is a dramatization based on a true story. The graphic novel format and art style effectively portray the gritty content. The story is told in a way that lets readers form their own opinions about whether Yummy was a bully or a victim. Highly recommended for older teens and adults.