Saturday, January 29, 2011
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, by Greg Neri and Randy DuBurke
Pros: Does a really good job of reminding you that Yummy was only 11 (he got beaten up all the time in juvie because he had a teddy bear) without completely letting him off the hook. Neri did a lot of research, and it shows.
Cons: The fact that the (fictional) narrator is a boy Yummy's age who is outside the gang life might make this a little less appealing for some older teens.
Recommended for: This is definitely intended for teens--middle school students, really. It's tragic, but not graphic. I would try it on kids who ask for hard knock stories, urban lit, etc. Not a bad read for grown-ups either.
Posted by librarianista at 7:46 AM