By Kids Lit

Throughout this book, deep questions are asked and explored. Neri’s text creates a great platform to understand the gang wars of the 1990s and the dynamic of southside Chicago. . . . There is a real restraint in the writing that allows the drama of the tale itself to take center stage. DuBurke’s illustrations done in black and white are a study in light and dark. Faces change as the light changes on them, becoming sinister and strange. The images are dynamic and underline the youth of Yummy and the transition from bully to killer. A beautifully crafted graphic novel dealing in brutal subjects, this book is an important exploration of gang warfare. It is also an even more important look at childhood. — Kids Lit