By What's Good?

High-contrast illustrations are effectively executed by Randy DuBurke. . . . This cautionary tale is woven for middle-schoolers and gets at an issue that is, for better or worse, frequently the elephant in the room in many Passages classrooms and libraries– gang violence and the innocent victims affected. There are plenty of other meaningful discussion topics broached by Yummy, but I truly don’t want to ruin this fast read for you. Suffice it to say I am recommending it to everyone, adults who teach middle-schoolers and the middle-schoolers themselves, because a book like this doesn’t come along very often. So exceptional that an exception to our review policy had to be made– it’s a must-read. Even for those of you who have confided to me that you’re not partial to graphic novels. —What’s Good?